4 min: Ooh, Leicester create first though. Iheanacho slips Vardy in and he tries to nip around Guaita, who does very well indeed to stretch out a hand and claw the ball behind off Vardy.
3 min: They start with a certain amount of intent. Ayew, Zaha and Eze around Benteke shouldn’t really scream “catenaccio” in fairness.
2 min: I haven’t seen Palace since I went to Brighton and covered their incredible Benteke-led mugging. Rarely seen a smash and grab like it. What odds on same again?
Peeeeep! Palace kick off
They’re shooting right to left. Here’s to a fun one!
The players are striding out at the King Power. Must say, I *loved* being at Wembley yesterday with 8,000 noisy fans in there – feels a bit of a comedown going back to behind closed doors …
The two ex-Liverpool managers are having a lovely old chinwag by the touchline. Leicester are unchanged; Palace bring in Dann for Cahill, their only change from the defeat to Chelsea
16 days ago.
Michael Cosgrove writes:
“Before it’s replaced I’d just like to say that’s a lovely lead photo of Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson. Two wonderful footballing gents if ever I saw them and the photo makes a welcome and a positive change from all the recent shenanigans and skullduggery. That apart, Leicester 2-0 Palace is my prognostic, so it’s highly likely to be wrong.”
Today’s “in case you missed it” – could a tech billionaire and three club legends be about to take over at Arsenal? They are certainly serious about trying to.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Söyüncü; Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Thomas; Vardy, Ịheanachọ. Subs: Ward, Ricardo, Amartey, Mendy, Choudhury, Praet, Albrighton, Ünder, Pérez.
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Dann, van Aanholt; Ayew, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze; Zaha; Benteke. Subs: Butland, Clyne, Kelly, Mitchell, Schlupp, McCarthy, Townsend, Mateta, Batshuayi.
Back in a bit …
Here is some more football. Tonight it’s all about Leicester, who can really hammer home their credentials to hang onto third place if they win. It’d take them four points clear of Chelsea with five – including a visit to Stamford Bridge – yet so there’s a real imperative not to slip up. Last week’s demolition of West Brom was impressive, and got them on track again after a wobble, so Brendan Rodgers and company will be hoping for more of the same against Palace.
As for Palace … errrm … they are 13th but have a couple of games in hand on most teams above them so winning this one would give them a little glance towards a top-half finish. I can’t offer you a lot more than that. I suppose another three points would take them above the magical 40 point mark, although it rarely takes that much to make you safe these days and almost certainly won’t this time.
They’ll be awkward opponents though, as always. And very fresh because, bizarrely in the current schedule, they’ve only played four times since 3 March. Let’s see what they and their hosts can cook up – join me, and keep your emails and tweets flooding in!