Leicester City v Crystal Palace Premier League Match Preview 04/07/2020

This Saturday, 04/07/2020 sees Leicester City host Crystal Palace in the Premier League with a 3pm kick off from hhe King Power Stadium, Leicester.

It is safe to say it has been a frustrating restart to the Premier League season for both the club and fans of Leicester City with form being scratchy to say the least. Unfortunately Leicester City haven’t won a match since the season restarted drawing the first 2 games then losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup and losing their last game against Everton 2-1 in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have also lost their last 2 matches so this game really is a must win for both teams although Leicester City have more to play for with a Champions League spot still being the target.

Depending on your outlook in life though you could look at recent form as being either poor, unlucky or a mixture of both. You can strongly argue that despite losing against Everton there were some signs that the team was starting to get their act together again, especially in the 2nd half.

James Maddison started to pull the strings when he came on at half time and Kelechi Iheanacho looked a threat all half after scoring yet again. This does leave Brendan Rodgers with the problem of working out the best formation and starting 11.

The big question starts off with do they play 4-5-1 which seems to be the preferred formation or 4-4-2 which looked more of a threat once they changed to that at half time against Everton.

Whatever the rest of the team may be the goalkeeper and defence should be the same as it has been. James Justin is expected to carry on deputising for Ricardo, who is out for the season, at right back, Evans and Soyuncu at centre back. Although he has frustrated some fans with his form, Ben Chilwell is most likely to start at left back, it would raise some eyebrows if he didn’t.

Wilfred Ndidi is then just about the only player you could confidently predict to start in midfield, especially as we don’t know the formation. We say that as James Maddison had carried a knock before, but assuming he is 100% fit then you’d think he’d play in the creative role just ahead of Ndidi.

Vardy should be upfront playing as striker but whether Iheanacho plays upfront along side him we’ll need to wait and see. He certainly did his chances no harm against Everton.

A problem position for some fans has been the wide left position. It can be argued that Harvey Barnes has been quiet and not as effective as people had hoped since the return but there is no clear alternative.

It is possible that Barnes doesn’t start with Maddison or Tielemans maybe playing more left of centre with a reliance on Chilwell to push further forward. Again, it is all up in the air until we actually see the what Rodgers decides to do, but there is probably 4 or 5 positions up for grabs with about 7-8 players all in contention.

The bookies have Leicester down as clear favourites with the best odds available around the 7/10 mark. If you are betting it is worth checking out which bookmakers to bet with by reading reviews at online-bookies.org.uk. A bet on Leicester City could be a good punt this weekend though as we do expect to see a backlash from the team and hopefully they can back to winning ways.

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