Leicester City aim to extend lead against Chelsea in crucial clash against Crystal Palace

Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are separated by just seven points with just five games remaining in the Premier League

Leicester City host Crystal Palace at the King Power stadium on Monday night; Credit: Twitter/@LCFC

Leicester City will take on Crystal Palace at the King Power stadium on Monday night. Third placed Foxes will be hoping to extend their lead over fellow Champions Leagues aspirants Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers side will be high on confidence after beating Southampton on Sunday in the FA Cup semifinal. With the win, they secured a place in the final against Chelsea. Leicester will be aware of last season’s debacle towards the end of the season and will be more cautious this time around.

Leicester City has a one-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. Victory against Crystal Palace will help Leicester to close the gap between second-placed Manchester United to five points. Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are separated by seven points with five games remaining. All these teams except Leicester, who will be playing their 33rd game tonight.

Aiming to get to Champions League

Leicester missed out on the Champions League spot last season on the final day after winning only four games after the new year. They are a more experienced team this time around, in terms of consistently being their at the top of the points table.

“If you think of last year, a lot of the players never had the experience of being consistently up there. It was a great learning that took place,” Rodgers said. “We have evolved and developed over the course of the season. It’s definitely a different feel this season, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

“If you want to arrive where we want to, then you have to win games. In order to do that, you have to perform. You’ve seen the control in the team. The maturity in the team is improving all the time and of course we’re playing at a good level.”

Foxes up for Final Flourish                                          

Leicester will be boasted by the return of Harry Barnes from injury. Promotion of Maddison into the starting XI has added more options in the attack. Jamie Vardy is back on the score sheet and Kelechi Iheanacho’s impressive goal scoring form will be a huge boost.

Roy Hodgson’s side will be in action since their 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea on April 10th. The Eagles haven’t won a game in their last five fixtures in the Premier League. They will be hoping to end that run against the Foxes. They are 13th in the points table with 38 points from 31 games.




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