Crystal Palace vs Leicester City Prediction, 12/28/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City
Date: Monday, December 28, 2020
Location: Selhurst Park in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Crystal Palace (+260) Leicester City (+175)
Selhurst Park is the site where Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace (5-3-6, 13th in the EPL) will take on Leicester City (9-0-5, 2nd in the EPL) on Monday. The expected starting goalies will be Jack Butland for Crystal Palace and Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City. Leicester are at at +175 while the Eagles are at +260. The total has been set at 2.75.
Crystal Palace faced Liverpool in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 7-0. In the passing game, they ended the game with a 78.2% rate by connecting on 308 of the 394 passing attempts last game. Crystal Palace attempted 18 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 10 of the tries for a percentage of 55.6%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Crystal Palace finished the game at a 60.0% rate by landing 3 shots on target out of 5 total shots. Crystal Palace averages 1.21 goals per 90 minutes (17 goals in total) and are sitting with 12 assists in all matches for the season.
Wilfried Zaha is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Crystal Palace. He has accounted for 41 assists while accumulating 56 yellow cards so far in his career. Zaha has started 306 matches in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.18 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in Cote d'Ivoire has 56 goals in 27,643 minutes played. One more guy who should impact this match is Andros Townsend, the forward representing England. Townsend has been on the pitch for 21,423 minutes during 245 starting assignments and has been given 21 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 32 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 31 goals. He scores 0.13 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Crystal Palace will be Jack Butland. Butland has seen the field for a total of 23,535 mins and has earned 811 stops in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.39 (363 total goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of .698. The keeper hailing from England has faced 1,159 shots attempted at him in 261 career starting assignments. Butland (83-81-98 mark in his career) has tallied 75 clean sheets, which has earned him a 28.7% clean sheet percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Leicester City walked away with a victory by a final of 2-0 against Tottenham. They wrapped up this match by converting 334 of the 417 attempted passes earning a rate of 80.1%. Leicester City finished the match with a 55.0% successful dribble percentage by completing 11 of the 20 dribbles they attempted. Leicester City converted 3 shots attempted out of the team's 16 shots attempted which had them at a 18.8% clip in their last outing. With 24 goals and 13 assists for all their matches, Leicester City averages 1.71 goals and 0.93 assists per 90 min.
Jamie Vardy will need to provide a spark for Leicester City. The forward hailing from England has played 25,648 professional minutes while he has scored 165 goals. He has totaled 37 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 52 times. He currently averages 0.58 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 295 contests thus far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for James Maddison, the midfielder hailing from England. Maddison has been given a total of 22 yellow card cautions in 12,585 mins played (140 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.27. He has totaled 38 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 26 different times.
Kasper Schmeichel will be residing in front of the goal for Leicester City. So far in his pro soccer career, Schmeichel has conceded 576 goals while totaling 1,508 saves in 511 starting assignments. He has given up 1.13 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 234-131-148. He sports a save % of .730 and his clean sheet rate is 34.4%. Schmeichel has totaled 176 clean sheets while defending 2,067 shots tried against him in 46,004 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (+260)
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