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Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy score as Foxes go third


Caglar Soyuncu

Leicester signed Caglar Soyuncu (second right) in a deal worth up to £19m in 2018

Leicester moved up to third in the Premier League as second-half goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy saw off Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Turkey centre-back Soyuncu, who joined from Freiburg in 2018, has been one of the shining stars for the Foxes this season and further endeared himself to their fans with a stooping header that broke the deadlock in the 57th minute.

Jamie Vardy, who scored a hat-trick in the 9-0 win at Southampton, then sealed the away win in the 88th minute with a first-time strike after a swift one-two with substitute Demarai Gray.

Full-back Ben Chilwell came close to adding a third in stoppage time but saw his angled strike come off the inside of the post.

Up until the first goal the fixture, which had yielded nine goals in the previous two encounters, had been a tight affair.

Vardy had an angled shot saved by Vicente Guaita and the Palace keeper did brilliantly again to snuff out the danger after the striker had got between his central defenders.

Mid-table Palace, who came into the match with seven points from 12, failed to trouble Kasper Schmeichel aside from a Jeffrey Schlupp deflected strike that had to be tipped over the bar by the Dane.

The Eagles remain ninth with 15 points while Palace are level with Chelsea on 23 points, but with a better goal difference, and just two points behind second-placed Manchester City.

Maddison and Tielemans sparkle again

You cannot blame lifelong supporter Leigh Herbert for again backing Leicester to produce their second ‘miracle’ in four years.

He believes they are a stronger unit than the one that stormed to the 2015-16 title and earned him £20,000 for his 5,000-1 bet.

The bookies agree with Leigh and gave him odds of 300-1 this time, although perhaps a better bet is to back them to finish in the top four.

This season those heavily used tactics that brought so much success five seasons ago are proving fruitful again.

In James Maddison and Youri Tielemans they have a duo in tune with Vardy’s intentions in the same way Danny Drinkwater and Riyad Mahrez were in the title-winning season.

Maddison found the former England striker for the first chance which Guaita did well to save before Tielemans threaded a brilliant ball into Vardy’s path, only for the Spanish keeper to anticipate the danger.

Midfielder Maddison had another outstanding game. He had a direct hand in seven of Leicester’s first eight shots in the match before delivering the corner for Soyuncu ‘s opener.

When called upon to defend, centre-backs Soyuncu and Jonny Evans, who made one notable block to deny Wilfried Zaha, coped comfortably.

Gray’s introduction in the 74th minute added more pace to the attack and he linked up with Vardy in the area for the second, which effectively ended the contest.

It is Arsenal at home next Saturday for Leicester, but thoughts might already be fixed on back-to-back fixtures with Manchester City and Liverpool in December.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Leicester City 2.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Leicester City 2.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Dennis Praet following a set piece situation.

Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces James Maddison.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City).

James McCarthy (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces James McArthur because of an injury.

Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt saved. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.