Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick Off: 15:00 (BST)
Crystal Palace will be desperate to end their terrible winless streak in the Premier League this weekend but it will be anything but straightforward as they prepare to square off against leaders Leicester City at Selhurst Park.
Palace managed to get over the disappointment of losing to Liverpool by sealing their place in the semi finals of the FA Cup following a 2-0 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium last weekend.
Palace sealed their place in the FA Cup semi final over the weekend
The triumph over Reading has certainly lifted the spirits at the club but manager Alan Pardew knows that his side now need to get some points on the board in the Premier League as well in order to avoid being dragged into the relegation mire before too long.
Up next for Palace is a clash against high flying Leicester City and given how they have performed this season, it will certainly be very difficult for the Eagles to tame the Foxes.
Crystal Palace FC Team News
The goalkeeping discussion over the past few weeks was put to rest following the return of Wayne Hennessey to full fitness and the Welsh international is expected to start between the sticks once again this weekend for Palace.
There should not be too many changes at the back as well, with the likes of Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and Pape Souare all expected to start.
Bolasie will be key against Leicester
Yohan Cabaye was the orchestrator behind Palace’s victory over Reading and the Frenchman will lineup in midfield alongside the impressive Mile Jedinak while Joe Ledley completes the midfield triangle for Palace.
Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha are certain to be starting on the wings for the clash and Bakary Sako will also be in contention following his promising cameo against Reading.
With Connor Wickham still ruled out, Emmanuel Adebayor will be leading the line for Palace and he will be hopeful of getting himself among the goals once again.
Crystal Palace FC vs Leicester City FC Probable Lineups
Crystal Palace FC: Hennessey; Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Ledley, Jedinak; Bolasie, Cabaye, Zaha; Adebayor
Leicester City FC: Schmeichel; Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
Crystal Palace FC vs Leicester City FC Head to Head
24/10/2015 Leicester City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
07/02/2015 Leicester City 0 – 1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace FC vs Leicester City FC Match Prediction
Leicester City claimed a 1-0 victory over Palace in the corresponding fixture but prior to the result earlier on in the season; the Eagles actually boast a very good record against the Foxes –having claimed three wins and a draw.
Considering how Leicester are performing this season though, they have to be considered favourites heading into Saturday’s encounter. Palace have been woeful at home this season for some strange reason and it is very difficult to see the Eagles being able to rectify that during the weekend.
The match is certain to be an entertaining affair between two very quick sides but Leicester are the in-form team at the moment and they might just be able to inflict more misery on Palace during the clash.