Leicester vs Crystal Palace | Monday 26th April 2021, 20:00
The manner of Leicester’s cruise to victory over West Brom on Thursday would have settled some nerves around the club fearing they could tumble out of the EPL top four as they did at a similar time last season.
Putting that wobble in to context, defeats against champions elect Manchester City and fellow top four contenders West Ham aren’t anything to be ashamed of and they duly responded with a FA Cup semi-final defeat of Southampton prior to those latest three points at the King Power and go in to this game in hand with a four-point cushion to fifth place.
Their opponents Crystal Palace are in one of those positions which makes you wonder if they have one eye on the beach, 11 points clear of the relegation zone, with four sides between them and that dreaded dotted line, there’s no way they are going down., although whether they can play with any less intensity than the Baggies last week is up for debate!
Saying that Leicester have very indifferent home league form – with seven losses already on their record, only one less than the amount they have won, with only the bottom three having been defeated more times inside their own stadium – remarkable for a team with only both Manchester sides above them.
Best odds of 17/35 are too short to be taking but my angle of attack here is siding with a player in sensational form and really showing the benefit of a decent run of first team starts since arriving from Taye Academy in 2015 – Kelechi Iheanacho is a man on fire!
The Nigerian international scored his ninth EPL goal of the season from his 11th start against the Baggies, looking exceptionally dangerous throughout the match and ended up in space so often, linking so well with James Maddison and Jamie Vardy, highlighted by the fact he had eight shots in total with three on target.
This was also not a one off!
In his last four games the 24-year-old has managed 8, 6 and 6 shots, only drawing a blank in the defeat against his former employers Manchester City – no disgrace there.
Against West Ham, Iheanacho scored two goals from his three on target attempts of six, prior to that he recorded his first professional hat-trick in league competition after another six attempts produced four on target.
Sixteen goals in all competitions for the Foxes this season puts him one ahead of club legend and perennial top scorer Vardy and it has been Iheanacho’s goals that have carried Leicester in recent weeks with his experienced partner scoring his first goal in 11 appearances in that victory over the Baggies.
In contrast Iheanacho has plundered eleven goals in his last eight club outings, finding the net in seven of them!
However, I am purely going to focus on him hitting the target in this clash with Bet 365 offering very appealing odds of 11/10 for over 1.5 against an Eagles side who with 14.3 have conceded the fifth highest average shots per game in the league.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace – Kelechi Iheanacho Over 1.5 Shots on-Target (11/10 Bet365)