Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Leicester City, currently in with a real chance of Champions League football next season, welcome mid-table Crystal Palace to the King Power Stadium this Saturday, for a Premier League match that could go a long way towards determining the outcome of the Foxes’ season. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his team to pick up three points that could help towards their goal of snapping up a top-four finish. Read on to see where the best betting value in this fixture can be found.
Leicester may be in third place in the Premier League table, but they are clinging onto that position by their fingertips. The Foxes have not won a game in the four that they have played since football resumed action in June. They drew 1-1 at home to Watford and 0-0 away at Brighton & Hove Albion in their first two matches after lockdown was eased, but have lost both of their subsequent matches. Chelsea knocked them out of the FA Cup last weekend with a 1-0 scoreline at the King Power Stadium. Everton beat them 2-1 in midweek at Goodison Park.
Palace have a lot less to play for than Leicester this weekend, with the Eagles now all but safe from relegation in mid-table with 42 points. Roy Hodgson will still want his troops to win this game and end the campaign on something of a high, but at least the south London side are not under any pressure for points. How that situation affects their motivation at the weekend remains to be seen. After winning 2-0 at Bournemouth in their first game after resumption, Palace have lost 4-0 at Liverpool and 1-0 at home to Burnley.
Leicester won 2-0 at Selhurst Park in the reverse of this fixture back in November. That win was a rare thing, however, as the Foxes have struggled to beat Palace, or even take any points off them at all, in recent seasons. That victory was the first time that City beat the Eagles since 2016. The five games since then, all of which have been in the Premier League, have produced one draw and four wins for Palace. If you think that Palace can maintain that record then Betway have them priced at 19/4 on the 1X2 market to win on Sunday.
Jamie Vardy has 19 Premier League goals to his name this season, and the Foxes need him to find some form this weekend. The former England striker has scored just twice since December, though, and his blistering early season form, when he hit 13 goals in 10 games, already feels like a very distant memory. If you think that Vardy can rediscover his scoring touch this weekend then Betway have him priced at 11/4 to be the first goalscorer.
There have been 15 Premier League meetings in total between these sides. Of those games, Palace have won eight, with four of those victories coming on the Foxes’ soil. Leicester have won just five times in the Premier League against Palace, with two of those wins coming at home. There have been just two draws between the sides in the Premier League. That makes the odds of 13/5 on the draw on the 1X2 market about right in our eyes.
But recent form suggests that both of these teams have issues when it comes to winning games at the moment. Palace have also not scored in their last two games, something that will worry Hodgson. Their top scorer is Jordan Ayew, who has nine Premier League goals to his name this season. Our prediction is that Leicester will edge the game, but it might be by just a single goal.
Our prediction for this game is that the Foxes will scrabble a 1-0 win that will give their hopes of Champions League football a real boost, and re-inject a bit of positivity into their faltering campaign. Betway are offering a price of 19/4 on that scoreline, and that looks like a good bet to us. It would be unwise to expect this game to turn into a free-scoring festival of football, given the recent results between the sides, and we are not expecting it to provide much in the way of entertainment.