PALACE last met Leicester City in the top-tier of English football back in April 1998 when the Bald Eagle Attilio Lombardo was the manager. Both sides come into the game on the back of excellent wins in the Premier League with the Foxes' improbable 5-3 success over Manchester United, arguably, trumped by the usual 3-2 win at Goodison for Neil Warnock's men. The Eagles' are 13/8 for their first home PL success of the season with the Foxes 19/10 and the draw 23/10 at BetVictor. The Foxes had the day off earlier in the week and went to Leicester Races and I hope they found picking winners easier on Monday than this game which I find difficult to call. It should be noted that as well as the comeback of Lazarus proportions against United, newly promoted Leicester have held Everton and Arsenal at the King Power and won at Stoke City; only league leaders and title favourites Chelsea have lowered their colours so far this season and that was after Leicester missed a gilt-edged chance with the game at 0-0. Fraizer Campbell is 11/8 favourite to be Palace's top PL goalscorer after getting off the mark for the season on Merseyside and the Eagles' eight PL goals so far this season have been scored by eight different players. Campbell is 6/1 to open the scoring at Selhurst Park on Saturday and 2/1 to find the back of the net at anytime during the 90 minutes. Palace have scored six goals in their last two PL games on the road but only one in front of their own supporters. Both teams to score is a shade of odds on at 31/40 with one or both of the sides failing to find the back of the net at 21/20. I think the Eagles can nick it 2-1 which is a 10/1 shot at BetVictor. Palace are, surprisingly, still only 13/8 to be relegated with only goal-shy Burnley (2/5) and QPR (5/4) favoured with the Baggies also 13/8 after their win at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Leicester did come up as Champions from the Championship last season but the fact that they are 1/8 to be the top promoted Club suggests they are head and shoulders in front of Burnley and QPR who were so fortunate at Wembley in the Championship play-off final. Palace are 4/9 to maintain their PL status at the end of the campaign and, for the more optimistic, 8/1 to end the campaign in the top half of the table. Three points against Leicester would certainly help the cause. For all your sporting odds this weekend check out BetVictor.com.
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