Saturday 27th September, 2014. Kick-off 3pm. Selhurst Park, SE25
After chalking up our first win of the Premier League campaign against Everton last week, Crystal Palace will be hoping to break another duck by getting their first home victory against newly promoted Leicester City tomorrow. Both sides will be high in confidence with the Foxes aiming for three wins on the bounce and Palace hoping for their first back to back wins of the season.
Neil Warnock made 11 changes mid-week as Palace lost out to Newcastle in the Carling Cup on Wendesday.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Warnock hinted most, if not all of the players who played in the 3-2 victory over Everton last Sunday will return to the side.
It means the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Joniesta and Dwight Gayle will probably be dropped back to the bench.
One player who could force his way back into the side is striker Marouane Chamakh who is fully fit after recovering from a hamstring injury. Campbell and Bolasie, who both scored last week, are expected to return to the starting line up.
Palace are unbeaten under Warnock in the league but a home win still eludes the Yorkshireman.
The Eagles drew 0-0 against Burnley in the last league game at Selhurst Park with Speroni pulling off a last gasp penalty save to ensure Palace did not endure two home defeats in a row.
It took Palace a little while to settle down in the Premier League last year but there seems to be no such problem at Leicester City who have truly hit the ground running.
A 5-3 rout against Manchester United last week, coupled with an impressive away win at Stoke City, means Nigel Pearson's team will be no pushovers when they travel to SE25.
The match also sees the return of the ever-young Kevin Philips who is now part of the Foxes' backroom staff.
The former Eagles striker who scored the Play-Off Final winner in 2013 must be having an impact behind the scenes with Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa (the former Brighton striker boooooo) and David Nugent are both finding the net this campaign.
Pearson has almost a full squad to choose from with Matthew Upson his only injury concern.
Eye on the opposition
By Jack Pierce
There are are times to play certain sides and there are times when not to play them. I'm just not sure which one of those applies to Palace playing Leicester this weekend.
Fresh from one of the most famous victories in recent Premier League history against the expensively assembled Manchester United, will The Foxes maintain the bullish, high octane form of last Sunday or will they be on the comedown of all comedowns?
What is for certain is that Nigel Pearson's newly promoted side has started this season on fire. They've only suffered the one defeat (against title favourites, Chelsea) in their first five games and that includes matches against three of last season's top five and United. It might still be early in the campaign but Leicester fans will certainly be smiling after their side's impressive beginning and the smiles will be widened further if they manage to add to their points tally at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Leicester's incomings during the pre-season centred on two Argentineans - Leonardo Ulloa and Esteban Cambiasso. Ulloa, the club's new record signing having arrived from our nearest and dearest on the coast has adapted to the top flight better than most do. Five goals in six goals is a great return for a player many were sceptical would be able to do it in the Premier League, particularly with a hefty fee hanging over his head. Prior to the completion of signing Cambiasso, The Foxes were in discussion with Wigan over signing James McArthur. Well, we all know where he ended up but bringing in an international class Champions League winner is hardly scraping the barrel. The deal is perhaps a little reminiscent of Palace's own deal to being Edgar Davids to SE25 a few seasons back; however early performances suggest the ex-Inter man is more than up for the challenge of helping Leicester stay up.
Nigel Pearson was nearly relieved of his duties about 18 months ago but you would bet the Thai consortium in charge of the club are pleased they didn't pull the trigger. Following their last minute heartache in the play offs against Watford (Remember Troy Deeney and all that?), Pearson went about convincing his side that promotion the following season was their's for the taking and so it proved. They walked the league last season and the confidence seems to have stuck with his players going into this campaign.
Palace and Leicester scored eight goals between them last Sunday but oddly, it might be harder for both sides to find chances against teams with similar abilities. Against Everton and United last week, opportunities to break up play and counter attack were more possible than they will be on Saturday.
If I was a betting man (and I'm not very good when I am), 0-0 or a one goal win either way is the obvious.
Blast from the past
Knowing me, knowing you
Josh Esaw takes a look at players who have represented both the Eagles and the Foxes.
Provided by PalaceStats
Crystal Palace have won 25, drawn 11 and lost five games against Leciester City in all fixtures in South London.
Leicester City have scored 38 goals against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park whilst conceding 45 goals.
The two sides are both on a three-game unbeaten run in the Premier League with the Eagles winning one and drawing two whilst Leicester City have won their last two and drew their other.
The Eagles have yet to lead at half-time in the Premier League so far this season.
The Foxes have only scored one goal in their two away games this season and have conceded first in both of those games.
In the last three fixtures, four of Crystal Palace's five goals have been scored by defenders with the other being scored by a midfielder.
Crystal Palace captain, Mile Jedinak is fourth in the European top tacklers ranking with 23 to his name so far this season.
All of Leicester City's goals have been scored from inside the area in the Premier League this season with the Eagles managing one outside of the area and seven inside.
Both the Eagles and Tigers have scored three set-piece goals in the Premier League this season with only Everton scoring more with four.
Crystal Palace are the sixth worst disciplined team in the league this season with eleven yellow cards and one red.
This is going to a tough game for Palace. Leicester are full of confidence and after scoring five against what was supposed to be a revived Manchester United side shows they are a team who can cause a lot of damage.
Nigel Pearson and his team have a fantastic spirit, very similar to ours, and they will not be an easy team to break down.
However unlike Manchester United, Palace are not exactly a 'gung-ho' side and with the likes of Jedinak and McArthur packing the midfield I can see it being a tight encounter.
The return of Chamakh could be key as he is a player who can hold up the ball fantastically well and can lay it off to the likes of Bolasie, Puncheon, Campbell and Zaha if he play or comes on as a sub.
A win would be fantastic for Palace and for our great home fans but I can see this one being a draw.
Palace 0 - 0 Leicester City