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Leicester City v Crystal Palace

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18 Oct 2016
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Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy and Andy King were unable to train on Thursday but Claudio Ranieri expects the trio to be fit. 

Matty James has returned to training but remains out along with Nampalys Mendy, who recently had ankle surgery. 

Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann has trained all week but is expected to be named as a substitute. Pape Souare and Loic Remy (both thigh) remain on the sidelines.

This fixture will be preceded by a minute of applause in appreciation of His Majesty the King of Thailand, who passed away last week. 

Did you know?

Leicester City won both Premier League meetings against Crystal Palace last season by a 1-0 scoreline. Jamie Vardy scored the winner in October 2015 while Riyad Mahrez’s goal in March 2016 was enough for victory.

Palace have won two of their last three league matches against the reigning Premier League champions, winning 2-1 v Man City in April 2015 and 2-1 v Chelsea in August 2015.

Leicester are unbeaten in their last 19 home Premier League matches (W12 D7), the longest unbeaten run on home soil in the top flight since Chelsea’s 21-match streak ended in August 2015.

Jason Puncheon has created 10 chances for Christian Benteke this season, more than any other player has for a team-mate.

What the managers say

Claudio Ranieri: “Palace are strong at the back and then they have good players at the front. We must be clever.”

See: Ranieri: Our destiny is in our hands 

Alan Pardew"We think we can go toe to toe with anybody. This fixture will be very tight again and I hope we come out on the right side."

See: Dann reaches Palace century

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