8 minutes: Chestnut checks to the right but is unceremoniously stopped by Guehi. Both teams look quite lively in attack; both have been resolute in defense so far.
6 minutes: Another free-kick in a dangerous position, this time for Palace, as Schlup breaks down the right and is fouled by Soumare outside the box. Ez pulls him back, carelessly, and is almost intercepted by Tielemans. Doucourt saves the day by getting in first and rolling it to the left for Zaha who looks for the top right corner. Always high, always wide. It was a good excuse, despite the faint whiff of chicken in the air.
4 minutes: Maddison rushes into the box and through Guaita, looking for the top right. The goalkeeper of the palace confidently punches through. The visitors fight back through Edouard, who is in space on the left. Face runs in and blocks well to stop Eduardo’s leap.
3 minutes: In the early stages, Leicester are on top. Justin makes a good move from the left and is turned over by Andersen. Penalty in a very dangerous position.
The knee is taken – there is no room for racism – and Peletz gets the ball rolling. It’s a fresh day in Leicester.
The teams left. Leicester in blue, Stripes in second white with the old eighties team belt reversed. We’re leaving in a minute!
Patrick Vieira’s turn. “With the difficulties we had, the way we performed, the team deserved a couple of points more. We don’t want to look at the table, we have to look at the players that Leicester have. They have good players, a good manager, they are not where they should be. We have to be in our power to compete with them, they are better than what the table of the championship shows.
Brendan Rodgers talks to BT Sport. “This band is talented. We played well in a lot of games, but we couldn’t finish. It is important that we remain calm and patient and take care of the details. Jonny Evans felt some tightness in his calf so we’ll see how he is before Thursday’s game. The crowd is very important to us. Hopefully we can get three points.”
Leicester City made one change to the starting line-up selected for their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth. Daniel Amartey replaces Jonny Evans in central defence.
Crystal Palace also made just one change after beating Leeds United (2-1). Tyreek Mitchell comes in for Michael Oliz, who is on the bench.
Leicester City: Ward, Chestnut, Amartey, Faiz, Justin, Sumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury Hall, Barnes, Daka.
Subs: Soyunku, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Praet, Iversen, Thomas.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Anderson, Gueye, Mitchell, Eze, Ducourt, Schlop, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
Substitutes: Milivajevic, Tomkins, Oliseh, Mateta, Johnston, Ebioway, Riedewald, Gordon, Ballmer.
Judge: Andrew Madeley (West Yorkshire).
If Leicester suffer a lunchtime defeat, it will be only the third time in their 138-year history that they have lost eight of their opening ten league games. On both previous occasions – 1957-58 and 1983-84 – they were relegated from the top flight. Oh Brendan! Pressure! The good news for Fox: They’ve won this particular matchup in each of the last three seasons. Bad news: Crystal Palace how to play Leicester have won eight of 20 in the Premier League.
Both teams are at the wrong end Major league a table But the mood music around 15th-placed Palace is good after a decent performance in defeat to Chelsea and a home win over Leeds. By contrast, Leicester won at Bournemouth last weekend; have lost five of their last six, sending five against Brighton and six against Spurs; and have a tough run before the World Cup break. A lot of suffering, a lot of pressure, and only Steven Gerrard and
Liz Truss Ralf Hasenhütl is now in hotter places. Here is a big game! Kick off at 12.30pm BST. On!