Palace's Pardew backs Leicester to rebound after poor start
Oct 21 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will check on the fitness of captain Wes Morgan (hip), midfielder Andy King (shin) and striker Jamie Vardy (groin) before finalising his plans for the visit of Crystal Palace.
Up against current Premier League champions Leicester, it might not be as daunting as it sounds, with the Foxes having a tricky start to their title defence.
"Leicester will certainly finish in the top eight, so there's a real fight for us", said Pardew.
In the Champions League, however, they are well on the way to qualifying for the knockout stage after winning a third successive tie in midweek, against FC Copenhagen.
Though Leicester won both of last season's fixtures with Palace 1-0, they were tight contests, so I'm all over under 0.5 goals which is 9/1 with bet365.
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"We think we can go toe-to-toe with anybody".
Pardew, whose team are ninth after being beaten at home by West Ham United last weekend, is expecting another tough contest away to a Leicester side he says is full of "character". Any club would miss him, he's proved his worth at Chelsea. He got that penalty wrong.
"I've always encouraged my centre-forward to take penalties and there's a reason for that - when they have a patch when they're not scoring a goal and a penalty comes along, suddenly they can get their rhythm back". I want him to make sure with the next one he scores.
Pardew has also confirmed he has no new injury worries for the clash.
Asked today about the meeting at his pre-match press conference, Pardew said: "I don't know about two potential signings for next summer in the meeting I was in".