Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

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  • Leicester has just one loss this season
  • Palace have won 9 of 12 away matches under Pardew
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in six straight games

A huge match at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as Crystal Palace heads north to take on Leicester City (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via live Extra).

Just one point separates the clubs on the table, as Leicester sits fifth with 16 points and Palace sixth with 15 points.

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Leicester City have been the surprise story of the Premier League this season, as a team many penned for relegation sits in the top five. Leicester have made it a habit to come from behind, as Claudio Ranieri’s side has taken a league-high seven points from trailing positions, with one win and four draws. The Foxes have only lost one match all season.

The key reason to the Foxes’ success has been the play of Jamie Vardy, who leads the Premier League with nine goals. He has scored in six straight matches, and will be available after injuring his wrist against Southampton.

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For Crystal Palace, Alan Pardew‘s men will be confident heading to the King Power Stadium, as they have been stellar away from home. Under Pardew, Palace have won nine of 12 away matches, with only Arsenal having a better record over that time. However, they’ll have to play without Dwight Gayle, who is suspended following his red card against West Ham.

What they’re saying

Leicester boss Ranieri on Jamie Vardy’s form: “I hope he can continue, but football is strange. Football is football. It’s fantastic but it’s not important to think about the goals, it’s important how he’s playing for the team. That is important for us.”

Palace manager Alan Pardew on how he sees the match: “We’ll be making sure that we try and throw as much offensive action at them as we can, and 17 goals [conceded] suggests there is a weakness there. We need to exploit that if we can. The chances of this game finishing 0-0 are zero. If you’re going to Leicester, you should see some goals”

Prediction

This weekend’s schedule is packed with some great matches, but this could turn out to be the most entertaining. Two high-flying offenses face-off, and as Alan Pardew said, expect to see some goals. Palace has yet to draw this season, but I see an even battle at the King Power Stadium. Leicester City 2-2 Crystal Palace.