- Palace winless in 2016 (D4, L8)
- Leicester could go eight points clear
- CPFC: Lost five straight PL matches at home
Crystal Palace are still in search of their first Premier League win of 2016, but it will be another uphill battle for the Eagles on Saturday as they face top-of-the-table Leicester City (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
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Palace are the only team in England’s top four flights without a league win in 2016, a dreadful run that has seen the Eagles winless in 12 matches. Only Aston Villa have a worse home record than Palace, as Alan Pardew‘s men have dropped five straight league matches at Selhurst Park. The Eagles will have their hands full with the league leaders, and will need the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie to step up with top scorer Connor Wickham out injured.
Leicester currently hold a five point lead at the top of the table and could go eight points clear with a win. Manager Claudio Ranieri has stayed strong with his “one game at a time” mentality, and his players have responded as the Foxes are winners of six of their last eight league matches. Jamie Vardy leads the line with 19 goals, and could become the first Leicester player to hit 20 on the season since the great Gary Lineker in 1985.
What they’re saying
Eagles boss Alan Pardew: “Our history is littered with upsets against the odds, that’s what this club is about. Not one pundit thinks we’ll win, so that’s actually when Palace are good. It’s been almost the perfect season for them (Leicester) but it doesn’t always come all the way through, that perfect run. Maybe their blips are still to come.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: “Now, we want to fight – but we are very focused, not on the title, we are focused on the Crystal Palace match. They are strong, they are tall, they are very, very solid. And there is another tough match, there will be another battle. That is our mentality.”
Crystal Palace are too talented a side to be sitting in the position they’re in, and I think that first win of 2016 could come this weekend. With the way this Premier League season is going, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was an upset in the cards. Crystal Palace 2-1 Leicester City.