Crystal Palace 2, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, FA Premier League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers made changes both to system and team and surprisingly brought in Hamza Choudhury playing him alongside Youri Tielemans in a two men central midfield with also a pleasing return to the starting line-up of Kelechi Iheanacho.

Crystal Palace came out best and was the better of the two sides with a lot of possession, but Leicester looked settled and had no big problems really to keep The Eagles out of their danger zone.

Then after 31 minutes Kelechi Iheanacho snapped the ball and just ran into the Palace penalty area and scored comfortable and against the match picture, Leicester were surprisingly 1-0 up.

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Crystal Palace pushed forward and with that making gaps and pockets for Leicester to use when getting their counter attacks something Jamie Vardy did when he came into the Palace penalty box and just pushed the ball over the line and after 37 minutes another pleasent surprise, getting a 2-0 lead early on.

Leicester came on second half and a few minor chances was not enough to keep Crystal Palace and Michael Olise out of it, as he scored, coming on just a few minutes before his goal. This happened just after Hamza Choudhury had left the field and to make a vital change inside the central midfield area looked to have upset the Leicester team that had no ability to stop that goal.

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We did wait for that second Crystal Palace goal as Leicester just struggled to get any type of play and stability and it was a chase to just keep Palace away from their goal. Jeffrey Schlupp, our former fox, was the one to destroy the day for Leicester as he turned up, him also a sub, and put the second in the net behind Kasper Schmeichel.

The game just faded away into the end and it was more chances for Crystal Palace to take all three points and they would probably have deserved it as well as the Leicester team looks a bit bewildered. A lot of chops and changes and those two goals coming just after Brendan Rodgers makes his magical changes and bringing on Soumare and Maddison, who had a struggling time out there.

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Leicester managed to keep it at that draw until the end and on any day would have taken the one point, but the way it went from three points to just that one in the second half is a disgrace and just bad defending from Leicester, not looking good at the moment, it’s frustrating.

Without Jonny Evans and Wilfred Ndidi, and the changes done by Brendan Rodgers and his way of dealing with his players makes this look very messy and little or no momentum in the team selections.

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Of course it’s good to see players getting games, but when you buy players of massive amounts of money and do play other players looking to be leaving the club shortly, it’s really not addressed correctly to anyone, and that worries.

Another game with a frustrating outcome, being 2-0 up and then giving it all away.

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We certainly need to see improvement v. Man Utd, but at this moment we do not see a momentum and it looks like a bit of bingo.

After being a fan of this club since the early 70’s and following all the different managers at this club, we do need to see something else against Man Utd to have any hope of a good result, but again maybe this season will be of something else with so many key players out, and a few new once that Brendan Rodgers do not see yet as players to trust with Daka and Soumare especially not getting enough game time.

When you have a 2-0 lead, certainly you don’t do changes to your system, you just try to let it glide and maybe doing a change later on, up front probably, but not that early in the game, it was no need to take of Hamza, no problems at that point in the game, and if you decide to make those moves you cannot make errors as we did see with Rodgers changes that was a key reason for unsettling the balance in the team and seeing a win instead of a draw in the end.

  • Positives
    • Goals from Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho
    • Hamza Choudhury being effective and working well in his role
    • Not losing and getting one point out of a game away
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to hold on to a 2-0 lead
    • Brendan Rodgers not really showing the skills to keep a ship steady
    • Risky changes that bacame critical for losing two vital points
    • Harvey Barnes, not really getting the results needed
    • Taking off Kelechi Iheanacho and Hamza Choudhury, why? to lose the game?
    • James Maddison, he needs to step up quickly, he is far from his best form

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 5, Vestergaard 5, Soyuncu 5, Choudhury 6, Tielemans 6, Lookman 5, Iheanacho 7, Vardy 6, Bertrand 4, Subs: Soumare, Maddison, Albrighton

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 60 / 40
  • Corners: 1 / 3
  • Shots on target: 4 / 5
  • Fouls: 15 / 11

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