Leicester v Crystal Palace - Saturday 15:00
Leicester’s Champions League fairytale continued midweek with another victory in the group stage, but in the Premier League they carry on struggling. They still have an N’Golo Kante-shaped hole in midfield, but more alarming is their new-found fragility at set-pieces. Captain Wes Morgan was caught ball-watching against Chelsea and the Foxes looked uncertain once more against Copenhagen, who failed to punish them. Crystal Palace will view this weakness as tailor-made for their game plan, and will confident on getting a goal through this route.
Palace were instantly baffled by the back three surprise thrown at them by West Ham, with the players clearly unsure exactly who was marking whom. However, they made life difficult for themselves with some careless passing and a lack of alertness, arriving second for every ball. Christian Benteke’s woeful penalty attempt on the stroke of half-time meant that it was almost an hour into the match before they even registered a single shot on target. It was a moment that could have changed the course of the game, especially as Palace improved after the break having used the interval to get a grip on their defensive organisation.
Leicester look like they are playing in quicksand in the Premier League at the moment, as the more they struggle the more problems they create for themselves, but they have been better at home, where they remain unbeaten. Palace have lost the first half in each of their last three matches, but interestingly they’ve avoided defeat in six of their last nine where they trailed at the break, including three of the four occasions that it has happened this season. The Eagles have also won the second half in five of their last six and at odds of 18.0 we think Leicester/Draw half-time/full-time makes for a shrewd bet.Bet £10 Get £30