Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City – prediction, team news, lineups
Two teams that have struggled for consistency so far this season will meet at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon when Crystal Palace will host Leicester City.
The Eagles have collected six points from their first six Premier League games, while Leicester has accumulated one more point from the same number of games.
With a consecutive fifth-place finish in the top flight, plus last season’s memorable FA Cup win, there are fears that another cycle is coming to an end for Leicester.
The Foxes have won just two of their six league games this term, most recently losing to Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion before drawing 2-2 with Burnley last time out.
Brendan Rodgers’ side also fell 1-0 to Legia Warsaw in Thursday’s Europa League group stage game, two weeks after blowing a two-goal lead to draw at home against Napoli.
A win is badly needed this weekend to boost morale heading into the international break, but City have won just one of their last five league away games against Palace.
The Eagles are also unbeaten in their four home games with Patrick Vieira, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Selhurst Park on either side of a draw with Brentford and Brighton.
However, that draw with bitter rivals Brighton will feel like they’ve lost two points as they conceded a goal in the 95th minute from Neal Maupay at home.
So it’s been a pretty uneven start to his first job as a coach in English football for Vieira, but the result of Sunday’s result could change the mood entirely.
The good news for Palace is that Leicester have lost each of their last three away games against London clubs, the most recent losing 4-1 to West Ham United last month.