Crystal Palace 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers had signaled that he would consider resting key players for the game against Crystal Palace, but at the same time field a team capable of winning, but with the rotation he decided few or no one would expect almost anything down at Selhurst Park.

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Brendan Rodgers must be said to show great braveness doing so many changes after selecting an unchanged team for the Man Utd game, and it looked as a genius act with a team well balanced and starting positively taking control and command.

Crystal Palace were eager to get something out of this game after a number of difficult results lately and when Leicester missing their chances including a penalty with Kelechi Iheanacho showing fans how you can frustrate us all, tragic attempt and no goals after the first half.

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Leicester again started the 2nd half positively making many attempts but a well placed and lively Crystal Palace goalkeeper (Guaita) making good saves and keeping “Palace” in the game. But it came a bit out of thin air when Andros Townsend found Wilfred Zaha and his finish ended behind Kasper Schmeihel, Palace were 1-0 up.

Despite that Brendan Rodgers had made a decision to change almost the whole team, Harvey Barnes was still in there, and he shows what a quality finisher he is, scoring a great screamer after 83 minutes, and Leicester came close late on as well and could have taken all three.

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Still a few games to be played tomorrow, but with other results going in the right direction for Leicester, 2nd in the table, must be an electric alert to Brendan Rodgers that he must admit and understand that Leicester City is a title contender, and this must be the last and final resting of players this season, he needs to understand that juggling this team around will not win you any medals, just play the team you believe is best on the day.

Jonny Evans kept the team together and again shows his quality playing some of his best football and with a former Premier League and Champions League winner in the heart of defence it’s time to try to go for a top place this season, it’s possible

  • Positives
    • Getting back after again being a goal down
    • Playing a 4-3-3 system, please settle this as you go forward
    • Jonny Evans, fantastic performance, great work
    • Harvey Barnes, don’t drop him again Brendan Rodgers
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers not singling out his ambition of taking this team places
    • Strange to see Gray on the field, what type of plan was that, but credit to Gray
    • Kelechi Iheanacho taking penalties, please change that for the future
    • Making too many changes to have a chance to win the game
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Justin 6, Thomas 6, Evans 8, Amartey 6, Mendy 7, Praet 5, Choudhury 5, Iheanacho 5, Barnes 7, Perez 6 Subs: Vardy, Tielemans, Gray
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jonny Evans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 33 / 67
  • Corners: 2 / 5
  • Shots on target: 1 / 3
  • Fouls: 10 / 7

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