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C. Benteke
Penalty Goal
5 - 0
P. van Aanholt
4 - 0
R. Loftus-Cheek
M. Sakho
3 - 0
J. McArthur
W. Zaha
2 - 0
W. Zaha
J. McArthur
1 - 0

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 9 1
Total Passes 415 393
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That concludes our live commentary of the Premier League fixture between Crystal Palace and Leicester City. We hope you enjoyed following along and we look forward to seeing you all again next time!
Crystal Palace will look to secure their Premier League status and keep the momentum going next week against Stoke City who are looking more and more like certainties to be in the Championship next season. Leicester City will attempt to rebound after this horrible performance at home against West Ham United.
Though not yet mathematically safe, 38 points seem like enough to guarantee Palace a place in next year's’ edition of the Premier League. Roy Hodgson has done tremendous work this season considering the Eagle’s extremely poor start to the campaign, improving a number of players technically and tactically - with Wilfried Zaha being a perfect example.
On the other side, Jamie Vardy’s shot which beat Hennessey - but not Ward - was the only real moment of involvement from the England international. Kelechi Iheanacho was a non-factor for the 45 minutes he was involved, and Mahrez was unusually poor today, especially from set-piece deliveries.
The Marc Albrighton red card sapped the intensity from the match and turned the result into a formality. Palace did all the heavy lifting in the first half, with goals from Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur who assisted each other’s strikes. Three goals were added in the second half for good measure, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Patrick van Aanholt getting in on the action before a Christian Benteke penalty made it a five-star showing in London.
What an absolutely incredible victory for Crystal Palace! From the first minute to the last, the Eagles looked the better side, and the result illustrates that perfectly! It will be a result that lives long in the memories of the Selhurst Park faithful.
FULL-TIME: Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City.
90' + 1' The referee indicates there will be two minutes at the end of the match for stoppages.
C. Benteke
Penalty Goal
90' NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! Benteke makes it 5-0 after sending his penalty straight down the middle! The striker slips as the shot comes off his foot - but it beats Hamer just the same! Palace have been absolutely tremendous today!
90' PENALTY TO PALACE! Maguire pushes Benteke over in the penalty area and it looks as though the referee is spot on with his decision. It was a silly challenge from the centre-back who completely lost his cool.
88' The Eagles have never won two top-flight games in a season against the same opponent by a margin of at least three goals before.
Lee Chung-Yong
R. Loftus-Cheek
86' Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who made it 3-0 for Palace, has earned some rest and will enjoy the last five minutes of the match from the bench, with Chung-Yong Lee replacing him.
C. Benteke
A. Townsend
86' Christian Benteke will make an appearance in this match, replacing Andros Townsend who has had a great game.
P. van Aanholt
84' MY WORD, PALACE HAVE THEIR FOURTH! Van Aanholt curls in a shot to the far post after Hamer came out of his goal to make an initial save on Schlupp. The goalkeeper could only push the ball away from the newly introduced substitute, but it fell right to the feet of the Eagles left-back who takes his opportunity well!
J. Schlupp
J. McArthur
83' James McArthur makes way for former Leicester City player Jeffrey Schlupp with 10 minutes left in the match.
M. Sakho
81' Mamadou Sakho's fantastic pass allowed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to get free and score with ease - and the centre-back will be credited with the assist.
R. Loftus-Cheek
81' RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK MAKES IT 3-0 FOR PALACE! Sakho sends a fantastic through ball for Loftus-Cheek which beautifully splits the Leicester defenders. Once with the ball at his feet, the former Chelsea man opts to fake a shot and round Hamer before putting slotting into an empty net. Three points secure thanks to three wonderful goals!
79' The Eagles have never won two top-flight games in a season against the same opponent by a margin of at least three goals before.
Adrien Silva
Yellow Card
77' The referee gives Leicester a free-kick in midfield but also shows Silva a yellow card for an earlier tackle.
76' Vardy wins a corner-kick after scrapping to get on the end of a Silva cross. Mahrez takes the set-piece to the back post but a booming clearance from the boot of a Palace defender preserves the clean sheet.
74' Townsend attempts a shot at goal from a Crystal Palace free-kick from a very acute angle. The forward appears to have been eyeing the far post, but he gets his strike all wrong and sends the effort high over Hamer’s net.
71' Zaha finds space and attempts a centring pass for Loftus-Cheek who would have only had the goalkeeper to beat had the pass found its intended target, but a last-ditch Dragovic slide prevents Palace from making it 3-0.
69' Crystal Palace have won just one of their last five Premier League meetings with Leicester (D1 L3), though it was in the reverse fixture back in December (3-0, their first away win of the season).
66' Mahrez gets into a good position on the right-hand side of the penalty area but with nobody waiting for a cross, the Algerian is forced to take a shot from a sharp angle which Hennessey catches with ease.
63' Down by two goals, with no substitutions remaining and a man disadvantage for the final half-hour, the outlook is grim for Claude Puel and Leicester City. Even with 11 on the pitch, the away side looked second best in this contest. It may be a matter of avoiding embarrassment at this point.
61' Mahrez looks to capitalise on a free-kick but once again his delivery is exceptionally poor, with the cross failing to beat the first man. If Leicester are to get anything from this match, they must start taking advantage of set-pieces.
59' Townsend sends his corner to the back post looking for Loftus-Cheek, but the midfielder slips and the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
M. Albrighton
Red Card
56' RED CARD MARC ALBRIGHTON! Wilfried Zaha was in full sprint towards Hamer’s goal on a blistering counter and Albrighton drags down the Palace attacker from behind in order to stop the attacking move after mishitting a pass towards his goalkeeper. Certainly, a deserved sending off for the right-back.
56' Diabate wins Leicester’s first corner-kick of the match. Mahrez takes the out-swinger but it fails to beat the first man and Palace are away on a counter-attack.
55' Cabaye takes down Chilwell just inside the Palace half but the referee holds off on giving the midfielder a second yellow card. The former Newcastle man is walking a tightrope after that booking early in the second half.
Y. Cabaye
Yellow Card
53' The referee brandishes the first card of the match, as Cabaye is shown a yellow for a tough tackle in midfield.
A. Dragović
W. Ndidi
51' Ndidi is unable to continue as he limps slowly off the pitch. Interestingly, Puel’s choice is to replace the midfielder with centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic in what should bring about a tactical change as well.
50' Play is stopped momentarily as Onyinye Ndidi falls to the pitch in considerable discomfort. Puel used two of his three allowed substitutions at the half, and it looks as though he will be forced to use his last change shortly after the resumption of the match.
48' Loftus-Cheek gets free and runs at the Leicester back line but Maguire holds his ground well to stop the former Chelsea midfielder and win possession.
47' Milivojevic gives away an early free-kick just outside his penalty area. Mahrez touches it back to Gray who floats the ball into the box, but Milivojevic himself makes the headed clearance.
F. Diabaté
K. Ịheanachọ
46' Claude Puel makes two changes at the half, with Kelechi Iheanacho making way for Fousseni Diabate.
Adrien Silva
H. Choudhury
46' The second switch is in midfield, as Adrien Silva enters the fray in Hamza Choudhury’s place.
45' Crystal Palace get the second half underway from the kick-off!
Puel will need to make half-time adjustments if his side are to claw themselves back into the fixture. Leicester’s bench isn’t full of experienced attacking quality, but the likes of Adrien Silva and Danny Simpson may be able to turn the tides if they are called upon.
The pace and neat interchanging between the Crystal Palace wingers and strikers are causing Claude Puel’s side no end of trouble. Both goals were scored from a similar position - the right side of the penalty area. Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell have been tormented all half by Andros Townsend and James McArthur who took his goal superbly well.
Aside from a Jamie Vardy strike that was cleared off the line, Leicester have shown precious little in the first half. The midfield duo of Ndidi and Choudhury are lacking composure as Palace are constantly winning back possession in the centre of the park - heaping pressure on a seemingly frail defensive unit.
HALF-TIME: Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City.
45' + 1' Mahrez swings the ball in again but this time his cross is much too low. Ruben Loftus-Cheek puts in the defensive header and the referee blows his whistle for half time!
45' The referee indicates there will be one minute of added time as Albrighton wins another free-kick in a similar position.
44' Mahrez sends the cross to the penalty spot but Hennessey comes out of his goal to get a strong punch away.
43' Loftus-Cheek brings down Albrighton who is in full sprint down the right. This is in a good area for a cross with two minutes left in the half - can the away side capitalise?
40' Palace are looking to secure back-to-back home Premier League wins for the first time since April 2017 (a run of three).
J. McArthur
38' JAMES MCARTHUR MAKES IT 2-0 TO PALACE! Loftus-Cheek puts in a nifty move on the left to get free and finds van Aanholt who pulls it back for Zaha. Zaha then takes a touch and sees McArthur free to his right and sends the ball his way. From there, it is a simple finish for the winger who doubles the home side’s advantage!
W. Zaha
38' The second goal is a case of role-reversal, as Wilfried Zaha goes from scorer to provider, as it was his crucial pass that led to the McArthur finish.
35' Leicester win possession in their half then promptly give it away to the industrious Milivojevic who is brought down by Iheanacho. The free-kick is lofted in from some distance but Hamer’s catch is a confident one and the away side are on the attack.
33' Leicester clear the initial danger but allow Palace to recycle possession and build once again. Loftus-Cheek takes a shot which is blocked out for the home side’s sixth corner of the match.
32' Milivojevic swings in a free-kick perilously close to the goalmouth but Morgan gets just enough of a touch with his head to send it out for a corner.
30' Hamer makes a great save! Zaha is once again free in the penalty area and attempts to stab a loose ball past the goalkeeper, but the shot-stopper goes well to get down to his right to make the necessary stop.
27' Albrighton looks down the right and sends a deep ball into the penalty area, presumably for Vardy but Hennessey has no problems making the simple catch.
26' Van Aanholt turns defence into attack and gets free on the left but his cross falls to nobody as Townsend is not waiting at the far post. A wasted break by Palace, but another moment of worry for the Leicester defence who simply cannot keep up with the pace of the home side.
24' Mahrez takes the free-kick to Iheanacho who is in tons of space, and the striker runs onto the ball and volleys it with his side foot. The ball does not sneak through the crowd however and the danger is dealt with for the moment.
22' James McArthur gives away a free-kick on the left-hand side of the penalty area after pushing Chilwell over. This set-piece is in a great position for a far-post cross.
20' Palace have certainly started the better of the two sides and are fully deserving of their lead. Wilfried Zaha’s goal takes him to eight on the season - a number which could rise today if Leicester do not figure out how to contain him.
J. McArthur
17' James McArthur is credited with the assist as his beautiful backheel touch played Zaha into space for the shot.
W. Zaha
17' PALACE HAVE THE LEAD AT HOME! Who else but Wilfried Zaha?! James McArthur receives the ball at the top of the penalty area and neatly flicks it with his back heel for Zaha who is in acres of space. The Ivory Coast international shapes his body perfectly and sends his effort high into Hamer’s net. 1-0 Palace!
15' WHAT AN EFFORT BY WARD TO KEEP IT LEVEL! Iheanacho finds Vardy in the penalty area and the England striker quickly fires a strike which gets by Hennessey. Ward does fantastically well to cover his goalkeeper and block the shot on the goalline! Both teams have come so close to scoring in the first 15 minutes - but it remains 0-0.
13' Choudhury will certainly have his work cut out for him in midfield against Milivojevic who is as dangerous creatively as he is scoring goals. The midfielder currently leads Palace with 10 goals.
10' Crystal Palace have started the match very confidently, winning possession in midfield on a number of occasions and quickly turning defence into attack with the blistering pace of their two forwards.
8' Palace win another corner and Cabaye sends it to the penalty spot but Hamer steps out of his goal confidently to punch away the danger. The keeper’s clearance falls to Tomkins who tries to poke it into the open goal, but a last-ditch slide from Morgan keeps the match level.
6' Chilwell receives a pass from Gray and sends a cross to the back post where Iheanacho waits in space but the former Manchester City striker sends his headed effort over the crossbar.
5' Milivojevic takes the second set-piece short, trying to work the ball in from a different angle but this time Leicester deal with the danger effectively and clear it from their penalty area.
3' Townsend gets into a dangerous position once again and wins a corner. Cabaye takes the set-piece which isn’t dealt with effectively by Choudhury who miscues his clearing kick. A Leicester defender gets a touch to the ball to put it out for another corner.
2' Townsend sprints towards goal and sends a centring pass to McArthur whose weak shot from just outside the area is collected easily by Hamer.
1' Leicester City take the kick-off and get the match underway!
Both of these sides have serious injury concerns to contend with. Unavailable today for Palace are Jeffrey Schlupp, Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Bakary Sako. Claude Puel on the other bench has to make do without his first choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel once again, while also dealing with the unavailability of Vicente Iborra, Matty James, Daniel Amartey, and Shinji Okazaki.
Claude Puel opts for two changes from the side that earned a point in a goalless draw against Southampton at the King Power nine days ago. Aleksandar Dragovic is dropped to the bench in favour of returning captain Wes Morgan in the heart of the defence, while Adrien Silva makes way in central midfield for Leicester City youth product Hamza Choudhury.
Roy Hodgson keeps the same formation and starting XI that drew 0-0 with Watford last week. Wayne Hennessey starts in goal and will be protected by a back four of Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Patrick van Aanholt. Luka Milivojevic and Yohan Cabaye reprise their partnership in the middle of the park flanked on either side by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and James McArthur. In attack, there is no room for Christian Benteke once again as Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha are chosen as the strike partnership.
Leicester City substitutes: Eldin Jakupovic, Danny Simpson, Aleksandar Dragovic, Christian Fuchs, Adrien Silva, Harvey Barnes, Fousseni Diabate.
Leicester City Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Ben Hamer; Ben Chilwell, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Marc Albrighton; Demarai Gray, Onyinye Ndidi, Hamza Choudhury, Riyad Mahrez; Kelechi Iheanacho; Jamie Vardy.
Crystal Palace substitutes: Julian Speroni, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly, Lee Chung-Yong, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alexander Sorloth, Christian Benteke
Crystal Palace Starting XI (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt; James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Yohan Cabaye, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, the team news has been confirmed! Let’s begin with the home side.
The Foxes have been a poor team away from home, having won only two of their last eight Premier League fixtures away from the King Power Stadium, scoring just 11 times in the process. Jamie Vardy has been the main source of goals again this season - with the England international finding the back of the net in four of his last five domestic matches.
With one point in their last three matches, Leicester City have tailed off in recent weeks under Claude Puel. The former Premier League champions sit ninth in the table, just a point behind Everton in eighth - having played a game less.
Sporadic both offensively and defensively, Palace have navigated a tough fixture list despite their long list of injured players. Wilfried Zaha has been in fantastic form as of late, scoring three times in his last three matches including a double in a win over Brighton & Hove two weeks ago.
With only three matches left in the season, Crystal Palace are still not mathematically guaranteed a spot in England’s top division next season. Six points above Southampton in 18th place, Roy Hodgson’s side enter today on a three-match unbeaten streak, having only lost one of their last five.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live commentary of the Premier League fixture between Crystal Palace and Leicester City from Selhurst Park in London!