Palace look for three points in survival battle

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Crystal Palace will be looking for a major boost in their battle against relegation from the Premier League when they host Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 28 April 2018, kick-off at 16h00 CAT.

Palace may have picked up four points from their last two matches – a 3-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion was followed by a goalless draw away to Watford this past weekend – but they remain too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

Manager Roy Hodgson has overseen a steady improvement in the Eagles, who looked dead and buried earlier in the season but have found form and inspiration from the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, James Tonkins and Luka Milivojevic.

Leicester have little left to fight for this season: they are well clear of the relegation zone and too far off the top five to be in contention for Europe. In short, Claude Puel’s men will finish in mid-table regardless of their results in the final four matches of the campaign.

Their recent results are indicative of a team cruising toward a holiday, as back-to-back wins over West Bromwich Albion and Brighton were followed by successive losses against Newcastle United and Burnley, and most recently a goalless stalemate at home to Southampton.

In head-to-head stats, Palace and Leicester have met in 39 matches across all competitions. The Foxes have claimed 14 wins compared to 13 for the Eagles, while 12 games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium in December 2017: Palace claimed a 3-0 win against 10-man Leicester (who had Wilfred Ndidi sent off) thanks to goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako.

Recent league form, latest results first

Palace D W D L W
Leicester D L L W W

Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 39

Palace wins 13

Leicester wins 14

Draws 12

Palace goals 42

Leicester goals 44