Chelsea v Aston Villa: Simon Burnton has the team news from Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are in dire need of a win following their Boxing Day humbling at the hands of Arsenal. A reminder, also, that tonight’s match between Everton and Manchester City has been postponed, due to a covid outbreak in the City camp.
Full-time: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over, with the sides sharing the points at Selhurst Park. Leicester City dominated the first half and the final 10 minutes, but Palace did enough in between to avoid defeat. Wilf Zaha’s outstanding opener was cancelled out by a fine effort from man of the match Harvey Barnes, while Kelechi Iheanacho missed a penalty in the first half for Leicester.
90+4 min: Ayoze Perez beats James Tomkins to a ball played to the edge of the Palace penalty area and fires high over the bar. That was the chance!
90+3 min: From the right flank, James Justin sends a left-footed cross towards the far post. Barnes gets his head to the ball but it’s too high for him to steer it goalwards.
90+2 min: Tielemans sends a cross fizzing across the face of the Palace goal but there’s nobody in the right position to correct. Cue: admonishment from provider of the cross.
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90 min: Leicester win a free-kick straight in front of the Palace goal, just in front of the penalty arc. Youri Tielemans and Demarai Gray both want to take it. Gray wins the debate and sends the ball high over the bar.
88 min: Andros Townsend sends in a cross from the ribght. At the far post, Christian Benteke heads into Schmeichel’s arms from a tight angle.
86 min: That Barnes goal came out of very little, the industrious midfielder ferreting his way across the face of the penalty area after a great first touch. Under pressure from Milivoyjevic he made half a yard anbd drilled the ball low and hard into the corner.
84 min: Palace substitution: Jordan Ayew on for Jeffrey Schlupp.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City (Barnes 83)
Leicester are level! Harvey Barnes jinks inside on the edge of the Palace penalty area, gets the ball on to his left foot and fires low into the bottom right hand corner.
82 min: Kouyate goes down with cramp in his left leg, prompting Tomkins to administer first aid.
80 min: Leicester win a corner, which Youri Tielemans sends into the Palace penalty area. He’s aiming for Jonny Evans but James Tomkins gets to it first.
78 min: Youri Tielemans neatly passes the ball straight out of play on the right touchline, then gesticulates at James Justin … who had been standing exactly where he put it a second or two previously.
77 min: Jamie Vardy goes down holding his face after getting an accidental cuff from Cheikhou Kouyate. It didn’t look seriou … ah, it’s a jab his left eye, which is now watering. The pair touch hands and play resumes.
72 min: Leicester City substitution: Having spent several minutes being shown page after page of diagrams in a coaching manual by a member of the Leicester coaching staff, Demarai Gray comes on for Kelechi Iheanacho. I’m not sure why they’re blinding him with science immediately before he goes on, just show him a picture of a goal with an arrow pointing towards it …
71 min: Nampalys Mendy rakes the shins of Luka Milivojevic then pleads innocence when he is penalised for the poor challenge.
68 min: Palace look comfortable with their lead, while Leicester City keep plugging away. They’re behind and about to make their third change, having been in total control of the game in the first half.
66 min: Leicester substitution: Brendan Rodgers sounds the Jamie Vardy klaxon and Dennis Praet makes way.
61 min: That was sublime – a wonderful caress where quite a lot of players would have gone for power. Kasper Schmeichel won’t be feeling too clever about it, one suspects, but take nothing away from Wilf. Palace are playing with so much purpose and energy in this second half.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City (Zaha 58)
Zaha scores. At the far post, he finishes a move he started in the centre-circle by guiding a side-footed volley past Schmeichel at his near post after getting on the end of a long cross from Andros Townsend. That’s an outstanding finish!
56 min: We have our first substitution of the game. Youri Tielemans comes on for Hamza Choudhury in Leicester’s midfield.
52 min: Back at one of two top flight matches that haven’t been postponed, Crystal Palace have seriously upped their game in the early stages of this second half. They’re dominating possession and giving Leicester the run-around.
Premier League statement: “Manchester City’s fixture at Everton, due to be played at 8pm this evening, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting.
“Manchester City lodged a request with the Premier League today to rearrange the game following an increase in positive COVID-19 test results received by the club this morning, on top of the cases reported on Christmas Day.
“This rise has created uncertainty and the Premier League Board received medical advice that the match should be postponed. The Board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution, and further testing will now take place tomorrow. The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority.”
49 min: Palace go on the attack, with Schlupp playing a weighted pass into the path of Zaha outside the Leicester penalty area. He takes a wild slash at the ball and fires high over the bar.
Second half: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City
46 min: Play resumes as your humble reporter is beset with wifi issues. Apologies for any delays – you’ve missed nothing more than some loud effing and jeffing on my part. No changes on either side.
Everton v Manchester City tonight is off …
Tonight’s 8pm kick-off is off, apparently because a Covid outbreak in the Manchester City camp. While the game has definitely been postponed, the reasons have not yet been confirmed. More news as we get it.
Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City
Peep! The sides go in for the break with the deadlock unbroken due in no small part to Kelechi Iheanacho’s poorly taken penalty after James Tomkins had fouled Luke Thomas.
Iheanacho missed another decent opportunity soon afterwards, shouldering wide after miscuing with his head. Andros Townsend will also be ruing a missed chance after firing wide from six yards for Palace. Leicester have been the better side but it’s all square.
45+1 min: Jeffrey Schlupp wins a corner for Palace with another good scuttle down the left. Jonny Evans heads the ball clear at the near post. It’s half-time.
43 min: A period of sustained huffing and puffing from both teams in the middle third, to no little effect. On the touchline, Palace manager Roy Hodgson looks singularly unimpressed with what he’s watching.
38 min: There’s a half-hearted appeal for a penalty as Iheanacho goes down under a challenge from Tyrick Mitchell on the right side of the Palace penalty area.
37 min: Palace have been second best here but Leicester City are very much on top. They win another free-kick for a Schlupp foul on Perez wide on the right. The ball is sailing wide from the set-piece, but seeming unsure of his bearings Guaita gloves it out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.