Crystal Palace 0, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers unsurprisingly picked the same team as against Southampton, and credit to him for fielding a team that needed that reward after winning 9-0, and of course optimism sparked and was all around going to another difficult away fixture, this time against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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Crystal Palace has in real been a nightmare for Leicester City, but not this Saturday, starting the game in great style and really pushing The Eagles backwards as goals were chased. Leicester City did have a few halv chances with Jamie Vardy coming almost into the penalty box with a clever pass from Youri Tielemans, who showed great quality through out the game.

Jonny Evans also came close with a header before half time as Leicester City made it difficult for Crystal Palace who looked a bit shaken and never really had the ball much as they chased the Leicester City players, and if they had it, Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu made it clear that they were stopped before they reached the penalty area.

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Both teams might have been satisfied with a draw at half time, but it was clear that Brendan Rodgers wanted to get home with every point in the bag as his team pushed forward and was heavily reward after 57 minutes when Caglar Soyuncu headed home the corner from James Maddison.

Soyuncu was the “man of the match” and his presence is huge at the moment. He is showing qualities that really makes him the complete central defender and getting even more calmness to his game will make him one of the very best in Premier League.

To get the first goals is always an advantage and against a Roy Hodgson team it’s a dream, since his type of football is boring and predictable, relying on certain player to make the magic and not the attacking style of the team, which is “none” and all is up to Wilfred Zaha to create whatever he is able to do.

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Brendan Rodgers made an early subsitution in Demarai Gray replacing Ayoze Perez to probably be able to “kill the game” with a run behind which of course would be possible with Crystal Palace going forward.

Harvey Barnes was the next player to step aside with Wes Morgan taking his place playing with a back-three or a five if you like, and this worked well as “Big Wes” playing all 90 minutes against Burton Albion, stepped in and it made it possible to get a great counter attack composed.

Damarai Gray pushed forward and combined well as he found Jamie Vardy with a “special one” and Jamie just hammered the ball in the net, what a fantastic display from the duo and to see Gray doing what he did was really pleasing as he has struggled a bit.

Ben Chilwell came close in the very end, but his shot hit the post and it could have easily been 3-0 which would have been heavily deserved. Sorry, but Roy Hodgson’s type of footbal is not to TCF’s liking, it’s boring and out of date.

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After four straight defeats against Crystal Palace and a score of 4 to 10, it was great to see this win and really showing quality that makes Leicester City a team to count in the race for a Champions League place.

Jamie Vardy got a lot of stick from the Crystal Palace fans during the game and his “eagle dance” answer, might be a result of that, and again please support your own team and your own players instead of insulting the opposition, that is never a good idea.

To sum it up, here are our short notes

  • Positives:
    • Keeping a clean sheet and defending properly
    • Scoring two goals away from home
    • The form of Caglar Soyuncu, he is really World class
    • Jamie Vardy scoring goals, 10th v. Palace, brilliant
    • Rodgers tactical changes works out well
    • Gray surprised in a positive way, well done
  • Negatives:
    • Yellow to Evans and Soyuncu
    • Barnes not really delivering enough
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 8, Soyuncu 9, Ndidi 7,  Perez 6, Tielemans 8, Barnes 6, Vardy 8, Maddison 8, Subs: Gray, Morgan, Praet

Match Stats:

  • Possession: 45 / 55
  • Corners: 5 / 6
  • Shots on target: 3 / 4
  • Fouls: 13 / 16
  • Offsides: 2 / 1
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