Leicester City face test of focus amid Euro drama

by Steven Clarke April 17, 2017, 0:39
Leicester City face test of focus amid Euro drama

Both Crystal Palace and Leicester have won 15 of a possible 18 points in their last six Premier League games - the only side to have won more points in their last six PL matches are Spurs (18).

After going 2-0 down early into the second half, Yohan Cabaye pulled one back before Benteke latched onto a cross to draw the game level and earn Palace a vital point.

Despite having the lead, the Foxes had no control of the game.

After the match, Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports about how important the point is: "It's a tremendous point for us".

However, the player who stood head and shoulders above all others could not be held responsible for either Palace goal and will be a glaring absentee in a match when the quality of fearless leaders will be paramount. This game will mean a lot to the Eagles since a victory will all but secure their spot in the Premier League next season so I am expecting them to put out an fantastic performance.

The Ghana global, who came through the youth ranks as a striker at City, grew frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities at City and was sold to Palace for £12.5million during the January transfer window and has established himself in a resurgent Palace side under Sam Allardyce.

"I spend a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right but they are the basis of any result - for those Leicester goals we didn't get the basics right, although Jamie Vardy took his goal brilliantly". The left-back's shot was blocked by Danny Simpson but Cabaye moved onto the loose ball to score his second goal in two games. The lads have rushed in and seen all the others below us so it's another point away from the bottom three. "If you can't win, don't lose".

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"I have seen fouls given in oher games for what happened with Benteke goal, but there is nothing we can do about it now".

However, Scott Dann remains out and is unlikely to return before the end of the season.

"We have played against Madrid, then four days later Leicester, now we are going to play Osasuna, three days after that we are going to play in England".

Vardy has been involved in eight goals in his past seven Premier League appearances since Shakespeare's appointment (six goals, two assists).

Benteke has scored 21 Premier League headed goals since his debut in September 2012; only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more.

Palace travel to Liverpool on Sunday, 23 April (16:30 BST), before another tough encounter, hosting Tottenham on Wednesday, 26 April (20:00 BST).

Leicester were denied the chance to head into Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Atletico Madrid on the back of a victory after squandering a two-goal lead at Selhurst Park.


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