13 min: Some space for Edouard down the right as he turns Amartey under a long ball. He reaches the byline with ease and fizzes a low cross through the Leicester six-yard box. There’s nobody there in white to trundle home. Leicester’s defence is beginning to look a little ragged all of a sudden.
12 min: Faes quarterbacks from deep. He nearly finds Maddison with a raking pass down the middle, but Guaita is wise to the grift and comes to the edge of his box to claim.
11 min: The first booking of the afternoon as Andersen slides in recklessly on Daka. He can have no complaints.
10 min: Amartey snoozes and ships possession 30 yards from his own goal. Groans from the crowd. He’s lucky Eze snatches at his shot on the edge of the box when he should have worked Ward.
8 min: Castagne probes down the right only to be unceremoniously stopped in his tracks by Guehi. Both teams look fairly lively in attack; both have so far been resolute in defence.
6 min: Another free kick in a dangerous position, this time for Palace, as Schlupp hares down the right and draws a foul from Soumare, just outside the box. Eze pulls it back, carelessly so, and it’s nearly intercepted by Tielemans. Doucoure rescues the situation by getting in first and rolling it to the left for Zaha, who looks for the top-right corner. Always high, always wide. That was a good chance, despite the vague whiff of cock-up in the air.
4 min: Maddison whips into the box and across Guaita, looking for the top right. The Palace keeper punches clear with confidence. The visitors counter through Edouard, who is in space down the left. Faes comes across and blocks well to put a stop to Edouard’s gallop.
3 min: Leicester are on the front foot in the early stages. Justin makes good down the left and is upended by Andersen. A free kick in a very dangerous position.
The knee is taken – there’s no room for racism – and Palace get the ball rolling. It’s a crisp afternoon in Leicester.
The teams are out. Leicester in blue, Palace in second-choice white with the old Team-of-the-Eighties sash upended. We’ll be off in a minute!
Patrick Vieira’s turn. “With the difficulties we have had, the way we were performing, the team deserved a couple of points more. We don’t want to look at the table, we have to look at the players Leicester have. They have good players, a good manager, they are not where they are supposed to be. We have to be at our best to compete against them, they are better than what the league table is saying.”
Brendan Rodgers talks to BT Sport. “This group is talented. We’ve played well in a lot of games but not been able to see it through. It’s important we stay calm and patient, and take care of the details. Jonny Evans felt a tightness in his calf so we’ll see how he is for the Thursday game. The crowd is so important for us. Hopefully we can get the three points.”
Leicester City make one change to the starting XI selected for the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth. Daniel Amartey replaces Jonny Evans in the centre of defence.
Crystal Palace also make just one change, after the 2-1 victory over Leeds United. Tyrick Mitchell comes in for the benched Michael Olise.
Leicester City: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Justin, Soumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka.
Subs: Soyuncu, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Praet, Iversen, Thomas.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Eze, Doucoure, Schlupp, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
Subs: Milivojevic, Tomkins, Olise, Mateta, Johnstone, Ebiowei, Riedewald, Gordon, Balmer.
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
If Leicester are defeated this lunchtime, it’ll be only the third time in their 138-year history that they’ll have lost eight of their first ten league matches. Oh Brendan! Pressure’s on! The good news for the Foxes: they’ve won this particular fixture in each of the last three seasons. The bad news: Crystal Palace like playing Leicester, having won eight out of 20 in the Premier League.
Both teams are at the wrong end of the Premier League table. But the mood music around 15th-placed Palace is good after a decent showing in defeat against Chelsea and a home victory over Leeds. Leicester by contrast came a cropper last weekend from a winning position at Bournemouth; have lost five of their last six, shipping five against Brighton and six at Spurs; and have a tricky run before the World Cup break. Plenty of misery, plenty of pressure, and only Steven Gerrard and
Liz Truss Ralph Hasenhuttl are on hotter seats right now. Big game here! Kick off is at 12.30pm BST. It’s on!