Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace EPL Pick – Gameweek 16 December 28

Leicester City will seek to put an end to their recent poor run when they host Crystal Palace Monday morning at the King Power Stadium.

After a hot start, this season is beginning to look a little bit like last year, where the Foxes faded out of a coveted Champions League spot. The same would be unacceptable again this year, and manager Brendan Rodgers can surely feel the pressure. Coming off of a hard-fought draw vs. Man United over the weekend, Leicester do have something to build on.

For Palace, their mixed-bag of results continues. They’ve been brutally inconsistent all season long, and evidence of that was clearly shown over the weekend vs. Aston Villa, where the Eagles couldn’t take advantage of being up a man, instead losing 3-0. It’s been a disappointing run of late for Crystal Palace, and if this form continues a trip to the relegation zone would hardly be surprising.

It’s clear we are entering a crucial stretch for the Premier League, as all fixtures seem to matter more and more each matchday. This year as no team is running away with the league has been an exciting one, and it’ll be fascinating to watch this title race come to a conclusion in the spring. For added information and team news, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our prediction on this key clash between Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace Betting Odds:

Leicester City (+110)
Crystal Palace (+280)
Draw (+260)

Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace Pick:

This Leicester City squad enters Monday morning with a key doubt in the fitness of midfielder James Maddison. The talented passer picked up a knock against Man United, and it’s certainly worth monitoring his status in the lead-up to kickoff.

VARDY’S SPEED TOO MUCH FOR PALACE
That said, the Foxes boast an impressive attack and should be able to control much of the match with solid possession and ball-winning ability. Wilfried Ndidi in the midfield should bully Palace, while the speed and finishing ability of an in-form Jamie Vardy cannot be matched. The Eagles’ back-line has proven to be plodding and mistake-prone, and there isn’t a player within their lineup that can effectively cover Vardy.

On the other side, Palace will likely again field a lineup that is too rigid and too old to truly contend with the pace of Leicester City. That mantra coincides with Roy Hogdson’s beliefs, but likely the game has passed the long-time manager and he has clearly failed to adapt with the times. Palace’s midfield will get run over by Leicester, and there isn’t enough in attack to truly support Wilfried Zaha.

As Leicester look to re-find their game and establish themselves as one of the Premier League’s best clubs, there likely isn’t a better opponent. Palace too have endured a tough stretch, and their recent starting lineups don’t offer much confidence. This is a bad match-up for the fading Eagles, and look for Leicester to come through and secure the full three points on Monday.

My Pick
Leicester City
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.