Leicester v Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Claude Puel’s time at Leicester continues to get better and better. The Frenchman divided fans during his brief spell in charge of Southampton but the Leicester faithful are beginning to think they’ve got a world class manager on their hands after a strong start.
Puel has already guided the Foxes to a series of impressive wins and he’ll be targeting another as Crystal Palace visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
In stark contrast, the problems continue to mount for Palace boss, Roy Hodgson.
The ex-England manager was furious after the Eagles’ draw with Bournemouth. Having seen his team awarded their second penalty of the match, Hodgson and the packed house at Selhurst Park watched on with disbelief as Christian Benteke demanded he takes the penalty and not Luka Milivojević, the scorer of the first spot kick.
Benteke took one of the weakest penalties of all time to cap off an incident typical of clubs who go on to be relegated.
Leicester to Pile on the Woes for Hodgson
With so much football in such a condensed spell, this time of year is always a little tough to predict. We’ve seen several underdogs pull off big results recently but in this instance we fully expect the favourites to win.
The best price you can get on Leicester to beat Crystal Palace is the evens that William Hill are quoting. That looks a very good price for a team in good form against one who have picked up just two points on their travels all season.
Look at Wilf.— Sam ? (@SWPalace) December 9, 2017
This means club means so much to him.
Hold your head in shame, Benteke. pic.twitter.com/S1whh52TK9
Moreover, the Foxes have won three and drawn one of their last four meetings with Palace so make sure you bet on the home side to increase Hodgson and company’s misery.
Early Kickoff and Tired Legs to Produce Few Chances
The early Saturday kickoff is a strange time for football.
Oftentimes it’s utilised to host fierce derby matches with the TV companies hoping the effects of an early start are negated by the rivalry and the police hoping for a less intense atmosphere. But when there’s little animosity between the two teams, the 12:30 kickoff can produce some tame affairs.
It’s tough enough for the fans to get up early enough on a Saturday morning to be raring to go by kickoff let alone the players. They have to shovel down a stodgy pre-match meal for breakfast and get their bodies ready for peak performance at a time when they’re usually making their way to the ground.
Combine Saturday’s start time and the effects of so much recent football and you’ve got the recipe for a slow burner.
It may not be great for the neutrals but you can capitalise on a tame affair by betting on under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with BetVictor.
A bet on the first goal being scored after the 29 minutes should also pay off at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
Vardy’s Pace Can Make All the Difference
There may not be too much of a rivalry between Leicester and Crystal Palace but Jamie Vardy is the sort of player who can create tension in even the tamest of matches.
The England striker thrives off confrontation on the pitch and you can be sure he’ll be ready and raring to go come kickoff.
Vardy’s never going to reach the consistent heights he hit during Leicester’s title-winning campaign but his levels have hardly fallen off a cliff with seven league goals already. His pace will be a constant worry for the tired legs in the Crystal Palace defence so back Vardy to score first at 10/3 with Betfair.
Top Betting Offers
Leicester to win at evens with William Hill
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with BetVictor
First goal to be scored after the 29 minutes at 6/5 with Paddy Power
Jamie Vardy to score first at 10/3 with Betfair