Leicester's Shakespeare unsure of points target for survival
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 21:16
Leicester City are not guaranteed to maintain their Premier League status next season despite being nine points above the relegation zone in 12th position, manager Craig Shakespeare said.
The game kicks off at 1500 BST at Selhurst Park and is part of the latest round of the £250,000 Super 6 game!
Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt has returned to training following an ankle injury and could be available to face Leicester.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey 5, Ward 6, Kelly 5, Sakho 6, Schlupp 6, Milivojevic 6, Cabaye 6, Townsend 6, Puncheon 6, Zaha 7, Benteke 7.
Leicester City: Schmeichel 7, Simpson 5, Benalouane 6, Huth 8, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 5, Ndidi 6, King 5, Albrighton 6, Ulloa 5, Vardy 6.
Our David John writes.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City is not on TV but you can follow all the action on SunSport's live blog. But that is the current state of affairs as Sam Allardyce once again seems to have saved a side which looked destined for the second tier at the start of the year.
During Monday's 3-0 defeat of Arsenal, Palace played with an intensity that gave their visitors little chance. The mental side showed by coming back to get back to 2-2.
The Foxes have themselves risen dramatically up the table with Craig Shakespeare guiding them to six straight wins in all competitions. In what was closer to something expected of one of Allardyce's teams, the rejuvenated Townsend's pace and footwork created space on the left wing to cross to Benteke and the striker leapt highest, over Yohan Benalouane, to head in towards the back post. They're playing very well at the moment.
Leicester's threat on the counter-attack, another of last season's fortes, was also still intact. The Foxes have never won four in a row against Palace. Before this run, they'd won five games in 26 attempts in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace took another step toward Premier League survival by recovering from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Leicester on Saturday.
This was mainly due to the speed and skill of Wilfried Zaha, who lit up the second period, often leaving Leicester's defenders in a heap.
"I spent a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right, but it is the basis of result".
Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last six league appearances.
The nature of their opening goal, after only seven minutes, therefore surprised for more than one reason.
"If we can't win we know that we need to make sure we don't lose".
"At the moment that has paid off for us". None of us are safe.
"It is Palace's issue now and problem how to get him playing consistently".
"That can really only be determined now in the summer, whether he signs a new contract or not".