Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Leicester City vs Crystal Palace

Leicester City vs Crystal Palace

The Eagles will have to be at their very best at the back if they are to keep out a rampant Leicester side who have talisman Riyad Mahrez performing back to his best, whilst forwards Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy have also been in top form in recent weeks.

The Eagles have recorded back-to-back clean sheets on the road but they are yet to score an away league goal this season.

The match will be played at the King Power Stadium. But they are unbeaten in six games after a hard start to the season that saw Hodgson replace Frank de Boer after four straight losses in the league.

Roy Hodgson, assistant Ray Lewington and first team coach Steven Reid have overseen a dramatic improvement since replacing the Dutchman and his respective staff in September.

Since handing veteran boss Roy Hodgson the reins at Selhurst Park, the London outfit have seen their form improve significantly having made a disastrous start to the current campaign, and are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League fixtures, winning two of those.

Crystal Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho (calf) and Joel Ward (groin). All 14 of Palace's points have been won under their guidance, while their home form has been a vast improvement on previous seasons.

"Now we have ourselves within three to four points of that pack, it's important we stay with them".

Crystal Palace are enjoying an upturn in fortunes too, with their last-gasp victory over Watford in midweek extending an impressive unbeaten run. Bakary Sako equalised in the 89th minute after Watford had led since Daryl Janmaat's third-minute strike, before James McArthur converted Wilfried Zaha's cross two minutes into added-time.

They are goalless in a record 10 consecutive Premier League away games dating back to May.

Hodgson's men then travel to Manchester City two days later on New Year's Eve in a live game on BT Sport, before travelling to Southampton on 2 January.

Claude Puel's men stretched their winning streak to four in a row by beating Southampton 4-1 on Wednesday, and are on offer at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power to maintain that run with another victory here.

Where better than to start with Leicester City, who host today's opening game.

Leicester City boss Claude Puel makes three changes to his starting lineup for the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace. We'll have team news around an hour before as we build up to this game and others around the country.

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