Crystal Palace vs Leicester CityEnglish Premier League, KO: 14:00 Nov 3, 2019, Selhurst Park
Brendan Rodgers goal-getters are back on the road this weekend when they clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday – nine days after an astonishing 9-0 victory away at Southampton.
The Foxes ferociously put the Saints to the sword two Fridays ago and in doing so further demonstrated that they are genuine contenders to gatecrash the traditional top-six this season.
Yet, despite Leicester's dazzling display on the south coast, the Foxes top-six credentials will face a stern examination from a stubborn Crystal Palace side on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles have exceeded expectations thus far and started the weekend sixth in the English Premier League despite having only scored 10 goals in their opening 10 matches.
Two of that goal total came last weekend when Roy Hodgson's men mounted a commendable comeback to draw 2-2 with Arsenal at the Emirates.
Manchester City are the only side who have managed to depart Selhurst Park with three points this season and the capital club currently boast the best defensive home record in the division thus far.
Therefore, don't expect Leicester to romp to victory like they did on their last road trip, with a closely-fought contest more likely here, however, the Foxes are 6/5 (Betfred) favourites to rack up back-to back league wins away from home for the first time this season.
Yet, Palace have only been turned over once on their own turf in their last seven top-flight tussles and that coupled with their quietly impressive start to the campaign will attract plenty of punters towards either the draw which is available at 5/2 (Betfred) or a home success which is priced at an eye-catching 13/5 (UniBet)
Indeed, Leicester will head to London high in confidence and the Foxes will feel that they can thwart the the hosts should they manage to tame their talisman Wilfred Zaha.
Given Zaha's speed and physicality most rival managers target Zaha by doubling up on him and that perhaps explains why he is currently the second-most fouled player in the Premier League this season.
With that in mind, I like the look of the 4/1 (UniBet) on offer for Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira to be carded against Crystal Palace.
Although the Portuguese defender has not picked up any bookings this season so far, he was the Foxes second-highest recipient of cards last term – and therefore a booking looks long-overdue for the Leicester full-back and I fancy that to happen when he comes up against the pacey and tricky Zaha.
Palace striker Jordan Ayew is another player who the Foxes will have to keep an eye on after the Ghanaian striker grabbed his fourth league goal of the season when equalising against Arsenal last weekend.
Ayew has finally managed to win over the Palace faithful and he is rewarding the faith that Roy Hodgosn has shown in him and after being named Crystal Place's October player of the month the Eagles forward looks overpriced at 5/6 (PaddyPower) to register at least one shot on target against Leicester.
Indeed, Rodgers has more imperious attacking options at his disposal than that of the home side, with the likes of Ayoze Perz, Jamie Vardy and James Maddison all more than capable of giving most defences in the division the runaround.
However, Palace's promising start to the season can be attributed to a solid backline that is being anchored by veteran centre-half Gary Cahill.
Hodgson will have the Eagles well drilled and set up to starve Maddison of space and to prevent Vardy from getting in behind where the Leicester forward tends to be at his lethal best.
Although Vardy and Co were in irresistible form last time out, I can't be swayed enough to side with the Foxes on Sunday against a compact Crystal Palace outfit who will be roared on by raucous home crowd.
However, an alternative Leicester angle that appeals is backing the visitors to score and for them to take five or more corner kicks at 5/6 (PaddyPower) – the Foxes are the second-highest scorers in the league and they are averaging over seven corners per-game.
This English Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City will be played on Nov 3, 2019 and kick off at 14:00