Un-fancied Premier League leaders Leicester City travels to FA Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace in another must-win game for The Foxes on Mar 19 at 11 a.m. EST. Can they keep up their great form and stay 5-points clear of nearest rival Tottenham Hotspur? Click here for the live stream!
Who would’ve thought they’d be in this situation? Leicester City are just 20 points shy of clinching the Premier League title, and that’s only if their rivals win all their games. Now, they take their unlikely championship charge to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace in a game they will want to win to keep up their 5-point cushion at the top.
Leicester City clearly didn’t read the script this season as they’ve upset all the big teams by rising to the top of the pile. In fact, before the season started most pundits expected them to struggle against relegation, and they were unbelievably 5000-1 to win the Premier League.
Those odds have now been shortened, and their good form has been thanks in no small part to Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. This lethal duo have provided 35 goals between them this season as they’ve continued to shock fans and experts alike.
But this won’t be an easy game for Leicester, especially as Crystal Palace proved their mettle by sealing a place at Wembley in the FA Cup after overcoming Reading 2-0. They will go in aggressively and hard, not giving their opponent an inch under the strict instructions of fiery manager Alan Pardew.
A lot of Leicester City’s success has been down to their Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, who is continuing to downplay their heady position.”Leicester is a small club. We have achieved the most important goal. We have already won, we will play next season in the Premier League,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca. “Now let’s fight for Europe. And if we go up, we will try to enter Champions League and then be champions. But we must go slowly.”
It’s that cautious approach that has served his team well, but surely now they can dream of winning the Premier League? It would be some fairytale.
As for this game, if Leicester can win they will keep up the pressure on the chasing pack. However, the Eagles will not want to upset their home fans. It could end up a tie, with both teams settling for a point each.
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