Crystal Palace-Leicester City Preview
Leicester City are riding their best purple patch of the season, and will go for a fifth consecutive win in Premier League play on Saturday against Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium.
The run of form has vaulted the Foxes (7-5-5) all the way up to eighth in the table on 26 points. If they can add more wins to this current streak, Champions League qualification may not be out of the question. However, the club's next few games will present some tough competition as they will also face Manchester United, Liverpool and Watford during that stretch.
Last time out, the Foxes produced their most complete performance of the season, a rousing 4-1 victory over Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium on Wednesday. Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring on 11 minutes and Leicester kicked on from there. Shinji Okazaki scored a brace to add with a tally from Andy King.
"It's massively satisfying for us to come to Southampton, because we've struggled here in recent years, so to put in a performance like that and win by that scoreline was unbelievable," King said. "It just shows the confidence that's flowing through the camp at the moment.
"We're enjoying our football at the moment and you can see that with all the positive results that we've had. We want to try and keep the momentum going and the quicker the games come for us the better at the moment."
Defender Harry Maguire echoed his teammates thoughts.
"It's hard to put our finger on it," he said. "Confidence among the boys has really picked up, you obviously get confidence from winning four games on the bounce. We go into every game thinking we can get the three points. We'll take this performance into Saturday and we'll try and make it five on the bounce."
Crystal Palace (3-5-9), meanwhile, may be righting the ship a bit. They are 2-4-0 in the last six Premier League matches but still find themselves in the relegation zone on 14 points, though at the top of the drop.
Last time out, the Eagles rallied from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Daryl Janmaat struck after three minutes for Watford, but the home side scored twice in the final few minutes thanks to goals from Bakary Sako and James McArthur, who scored the winner in stoppage time.
"It's a very important win for us and to come back in the manner that we did towards the end and score the goals meant it was a great night all round," McArthur said.
On the injury front, Palace will be without defender Mamadou Sakho due to a calf injury, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a doubt.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson has never lost to Leicester in his managerial career (3-1-0), while Palace are also unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against the Foxes.
Updated December 14, 2017