Leicester v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 23/02/19

Leicester v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Leicester v Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Saturdays late kick off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: -4.5pts

Leicester v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 23/02/2019
  • Time: 17:30
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Channel: BT Sport

Both teams are having very average seasons. The Foxes sit in the spot above Palace, however there is a 5 point gap between the two. Palace come into the game unbeaten in 5, after reaching the last 8 in the FA cup with a 2-0 win over Doncaster. Leicester on the other hand don’t have a win from their last 5, 4 defeats and a draw. They have had a tough run of fixtures with their last 4 games all featuring teams in the top 7.

Safe to say the teams come into this game in contrasting form with one another. It has to be said Leicester have had a difficult season with what happened with their owner, which has caused a lot of disruption to their season, which is probably the reason why there seems to be no pressure put on Claude Puel as of yet. But they will definitely be looking to improve on this come next season and hopefully start pushing towards the top 8 again.

Despite sitting in 13th place Crystal Palace haven’t yet escaped a relegation battle of their own. They sit only 3 points above the drop so the season is far from over for them. Leicester themselves also aren’t exactly comfortable on 32 points, however they are 8 points clear so it would be difficult to see them fail to not pick up enough points to ensure safety. Both squads definitely have the quality to stay up and with Huddersfield and Fulham already looking doomed it would be a surprise to see either of these fall to the championship come May.

Team News

For the Foxes they have Albrighton still out with a thigh injury, and Daniel Amartey still out after surgery. Amartey is looking for a return to action in the next few weeks.

Palace have Papa Soure still out after his accident. He is set for a return around mid-March. Connor Wickham is also ruled out and Speroni is likely to return for the bench.

Potential Leicester Starting XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Barnes, Maddison, Tielmans, Ghezzal, Vardy

Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guita, Wan-Bissaka, Dann, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Meyer, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Townsend, Batshuayi

Head To Head

  • Over the last 10 years it’s been a mixed bag of results, they both have 8 wins each and 4 ended in draws.
  • The sides have met 70 times, sharing 26 wins each and 18 draws.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Palace have three 2-0 wins and two 1-1 draws in their last 5, consistent.
  • Leicester have only failed to score in two of their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

  • Leicester 8/7
  • Draw 23/10
  • Crystal Palace 12/5

The Verdict

The history between the pair shows extremely similar quality. The fact they both have the same number of wins against one another shows exactly how close the ability of both teams is. A draw looks a great play here as it is likely both teams would be satisfied with the point and given the recent scoring of both teams it is very unlikely the game would finish goalless.

Batshuayi looks to be a bold recruitment from the Eagles, and should he be favoured a start I would fancy him to get a goal. He has only played 114 minutes so far for Palace but with Zaha back in the squad I could imagine them playing up top as a pair, which would give Batshuayi lots of space as Zaha attracts a lot of attention from opposition defenders. This should give him ample opportunity to get some shots off and hopefully net his first Palace goal.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Both teams to score and draw – 15/4 (Betvictor)
  • 1pt – Batshuayi to score anytime – 10/3 (BetWay)