Crystal Palace close on survival after comeback earns draw
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 17:48
Leicester appeared set to head into the Atletico match on the back of a victory that would have drawn a line under any lingering relegation fears.
Shakespeare is likely to rest some players ahead of their European clash and Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs and Yohan Benalouane could all be kept fresh for Tuesday while Nampalys Mendy has an ankle injury.
Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt has returned to training following an ankle injury and could be available to face Leicester. "So we had to make sure that the team that was selected was coming here to get a result".
Andros Townsend is likely to feature despite an ankle problem, but Scott Dann (knee), James Tomkins (calf) and Frazier Campbell (hamstring) are all out.
Andros Townsend crossed and Christian Benteke powered through the Leicester defence to head home. Substitutes: Danny Drinkwater (for King, 64) 5, Demarai Gray (for Mahrez, 75) 5, Ben Chilwell (for Benalouane, 76) 6.
Our David John writes.
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.
They lost 4-2 at Goodison Park, and were so open.
Allardyce has attributed his side's recent run of results to much improved defensive displays but would not have been happy when Palace fell behind to a routine long-throw routine after just six minutes.
The Palace manager was given further cause for concern just six minutes into this game when Leicester took the lead in a manner that infuriated Allardyce.
Leicester City's Robert Huth, center, scores his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
And against run of play, Leicester added a second in the 54rd minute in the style that won them the title.
He said: "If I think it's the right thing to do and benefits the team all players are adaptable". The Foxes have never won four in a row against Palace.
After that comical error, Palace looked to pile the pressure on, with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend looking particularly unsafe down the flanks.
Wilfried Zaha has assisted nine goals for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, equalling the record by an Eagles' player in a single PL campaign (Wayne Routledge, nine in 2004-05).
Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last six league appearances.
"It's a tight turnaround but one that we're more than capable of".
Should they come up short against Atletico, who lead the tie 1-0, the Foxes players may rue their involvement in what was - at times - a frantic match.
"At the moment that has paid off for us". None of us are safe.
But others around him were not so confident and twice allowed Palace a route back into the game.
"That can really only be determined now in the summer, whether he signs a new contract or not". "Whether we risk him is something you need to weigh up".
"We'll only put him in if he's ready".
"He's trained yesterday, not all with the squad, but I have said before it will be 50-50 for Atletico Madrid".
It has been an eventful few months for Sam Allardyce and Craig Shakespeare. "The Premier League is vitally important".
Meanwhile, Leicester are gearing up for what will be the biggest night in the club's history.
Palace were again undone by Leicester's direct approach, this time after Townsend's corner had been cleared. Enter your predictions for free here.