Pre-match Analysis - Leicester - Crystal Palace: Pardew's men looking to upset the Foxes

Crystal Palace travel to the King Power Stadium confident of taking all three points off a buoyant Leicester, who are on the back off a great second-half comeback against Southampton.

Leicester (5th) sit only one place above Palace, who are in 6th, the visitors have one less point than the hosts and the same goal difference. Neither of the teams won last weekend, however, Leicester will be happier after taking a hard-earned point from St Mary's, whilst Crystal Palace conceded two late goals against West Ham and lost 3-1.

French midfield enforcers

Both teams made great signings over the summer, but one signing for both teams stands out the most. Yohan Cabaye for Crystal Palace and N'golo Kante for Leicester proved to be the best signings of the summer for both sides. When the signing was announced, Yohan Cabaye was considered one of the best, if not the best, signing in the Premier League.

At only around £9 million, Alan Pardew showed once again, his ability to sign quality players at low prices. After working with Cabaye at Newcastle, Pardew has managed to get the best out of Cabaye again at Crystal Palace and the Frenchman has been far and away the South London club's best player so far.

On the other side, N'Golo Kante has impressed the Leicester fans with his 'never say die' attitude and work rate. His first appearances were off the bench but his performances when coming off the bench meant that he is now one of the first names on the team sheet.

His work rate and ability to recover a ball mean that Danny Drinkwater has more time to make his passes, making the work on the rest of the midfield a lot easier. Claudio Ranieri has been happy with Kante's performances and has rewarded him with a place in the starting 11 which the French midfielder hs taken well, making the position his own in only a few games.

Both midfielders have showed that they were vital additions to their respective teams and will no doubt have a top quality midfield battle on Saturday afternoon.

Goals, goals,goals

When goals are mentioned to Leicester fans, one name pops straight into their heads and that name is Jamie Vardy. The England international has been in the form of his life and his form has been rewarded with the top spot in the league's goalscoring charts and a nomination for Player of the Month. His form has also been noticed by Roy Hodgson, who has selected him for each of the last 4 international breaks.

If his form continues, there's no doubt there'll be a seat for him on the plane to the European Championships in France next year. At only £1million, he's being recognised as the league's best bargain but Leicester fans won't be happy to hear rumours of a January move, albeit for a big sum, but at this moment in time, it would be their best player leaving.

Crystal Palace have been struggling to find a prolific striker this season, with their top goalscorer being Yohan Cabaye who has scored three of his four goals from the penalty spot. The £9million signing of Connor Wickham hasn't paid off as of yet as he's been struck with injury after registering one goal in his two appearances.

The sale of Glenn Murray to Bournemouth was possibly a bad move as the striker is almost guaranteed to score goals which he has already shown at a lower team like Bournemouth. The two widemen, Wilfred Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, are good going forward but have no guarantee of an end product. Dwight Gayle won't be available for this weekend's game as he's suspended after receiving two yellows against West Ham.

With the blistering form that Jamie Vardy's in you wouldn't put it past him to get on the scoresheet and with a lack of fire power in the Crystal Palace attack, they'll have to rely on the defence and midfield to chip in with the goals if they're to take any points from this one. 

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