Leicester City v Crystal Palace: Pre-match Analysis
Kelechi Iheanacho chases down a pass in Leicester's 1-1 draw in late December 

Brendan Rodgers' men welcome the visit of Crystal Palace on Monday night in hope of a victory to further their stance in the hunt for Champions League football.

Leicester City are facing the Eagles fresh off the back of an FA Cup semi-final victory, whilst Palace have only won once in six matches.

However, Rodgers still may be facing a headache as Ricardo is back up for selection after being rested for the 3-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion in which Luke Thomas stepped in and was as ever reliant.

With Ricardo still not back at his full 100%, Marc Albrighton may get the nod to start from a wing-back role as there is no fresh injury concerns thus leading to the assumption that the usual back three in Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Çağlar Söyüncü will start. 

Jamie Vardy will hope to carry on where he left off following the Baggies victory after he scored one and assisted another, his first goal in 12 matches for the former Fleetwood man.

  • Ones to watch 

Crystal Palace have only won two of their past nine Premier League fixtures but the Eagles have a pretty healthy record at the King Power Stadium, winning twice in the last three visits.

With both Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha in the attacking force, they could prove a tricky task, with the latter scoring 5 in his last 6 appearances against the Foxes.

The man of the moment, Kelechi Iheanacho, is looking to add to his excellent goal scoring tally with 13 goals in 13 games and looking a constant threat going forward, now looking like his game isn't just relying on confidence but just goals no matter how they come.


  • Maddison's last chance?

Following a lengthy spell on the treatment table with a hip injury and a breach within Covid-19 protocol, James Maddison may feel this is his last chance to secure a spot on the plan for the European Championships in the summer. 

He made a impressive appearance from the bench against Southampton at Wembley forcing Fraser Forster into a late save, and regained his spot in the starting 11 against West Brom with a positive performance and was unlucky not to score. 

Now the Coventry-born winger must catch the eye of Gareth Southgate before it's too late and with big games against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea as well as the FA Cup final, he needs to find his mid-season form.