EPL Game of the Week: Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City
The EPL game of the week features two teams that most wouldn’t think would be in the Top 6 in the table. Crystal Palace will look to gain on the Top 4 when they host Leicester City on Sunday, November 3 in London.
Crystal Palace has been sound defensivelyCrystal Palace, sitting in sixth place in the EPL with 15 points (4-3-3 record), has had a pretty decent start to the season defensively. Their loss to Tottenham Hotspur is the only match that they allowed more than two goals. You can attribute some of their defensive success to the calm, steady play of Gary Cahill.
They will need the offense to step up, as they haven’t scored more than two goals in any game. This is the start of a three-game stretch where they play Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. They will need guys like Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojević to produce, but they really need Wilifried Zaha to step up and finally get on the scoresheet if they want to make the move towards the Top 4.
Leicester City can score in bunchesLeicester City stands in third place in the table with 20 points, just two points out of second place (6-2-2 record). They’re coming off a 9-0 victory against Southampton that saw Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Peréz score hat tricks in a completely dominating performance.
They’re not backing down from anyone, and they can score in bunches. It’s when they don’t score that they run the risk of dropping points. The match won’t be as open as it was against Southampton, so they’ll need to grind it out in the middle and take the scoring chances given to them to leave with three points.
Prediction: Draw (+245)This match is going to be more of a defensive battle, with both teams creating scoring chances, but they will not be able to capitalize on most of them. In the end, Jamie Vardy (+120) will score for the Foxes while Jordan Ayew (+230) will add one for Palace, and this match will end in a 1-1 draw (+540).