Leicester City’s charge for Champions League qualification is coming under serious pressure after poor post-lockdown form, and in truth indifferent form throughout 2020. Brendan Rodgers will be urging them to get back on track as they host a solid midtable Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes had looked like they’d comfortably qualify for the Champions League after a fast start to the season, sitting second with a 14-point lead over Manchester United on New Year’s Day, but their form has since dropped off a cliff, with five defeats and just two wins from their last 11 league outings.
The latest defeat came in midweek, 2-1 at Everton, leaving them just three points ahead of Manchester United and Wolves sides in far superior form. Picking up three points in fixtures such as this will prove essential if they’re to consolidate their place in the top four, but in doing so they’ll be looking at the likes of Jamie Vardy to step up - the 33-year-old remains the top scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals this campaign, but he’s failed to score in 13 of 14 appearances since Christmas but he’s still favourite to open the scoring (13/5) or score anytime (10/11) here.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are down in 12th and are set to finish in midtable, 15 points clear of the relegation zone and 10 points off qualifying for European qualification, meaning there’s little jeopardy in games like this. It remains to be seen whether they’ll let the remainder of the season drift past them, but they’ve now lost their last two games - a 4-0 defeat to newly-crowned champions Liverpool followed by a 1-0 defeat to fellow midtable side Burnley.
We recommend backing a low-scoring match here. Aside from a 4-0 thrashing to Liverpool, Palace’s matches have featured two goals or fewer, with four of the last six finishing 1-0, while Leicester’s four outings after the hiatus have totalled just six goals. Under 2.5 goals is 4/6, while a narrow 1-0 win for the favourites, Leicester, is available at 11/2.
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