Sitting ninth in the points table, 13 points off a place in Europe, Claude Puel’s Leicester City have very little to play for. But the manager will want his side to finish the season on a high to try and take some momentum into the next season. He will settle for nothing less than three points when they travel to Selhurst Park this weekend.
The Foxes have won just two of their last 10 games while Palace have won just two of their last 12 games. The Eagles are fresh from a 0-0 draw against Watford last weekend and will look to put on a better show, playing at home this weekend.
Leicester City also played out a 0-0 draw, against Southampton in the last round and will hope to take more than a point from this game. This game has very little consequence on the league table but is sure to produce a thriller, like in the reverse fixture at King Power. Here is the predicted lineup Puel might field for this tie:
In early team news, Matthew James and Vicente Iborra are both out injured for the long term. Daniel Amartey is back in training and should be up for selection this weekend but both Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are still not fully fit and might struggle to make it to the squad for this game.
Expected lineup (4-4-2)
The experienced Ben Hamer did a decent job against Southampton and is expected to keep his place under the bar in the absence of Schmeichel. But Leicester can stick to their first choice CB partnership with both Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan showing decent consistency throughout the campaign.
Ben Chilwell has cemented his place at left-back and will start there while Danny Simpson should be back in the first team and replace Marc Albrighton at right back for this weekend.
With Iborra still not fully fit, Puel has very few options in this role and should stick with Adrien Silva, who has settled in well at King Power and Wilfried Ndidi, both of who have been effective in recent games.
Riyad Mahrez will keep his place on the right side of the midfield while Albrighton will play on the left side of the midfield adding some mettle to the side.
Kelechi Iheanacho has not taken his chances well enough. He could be replaced by Demarai Gray, who will play a supporting role to Jamie Vardy, the danger man for Palace in this tie.