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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
Riyad Mahrez's goal
Riyad Mahrez has 16 league goals this season - three behind team-mate Jamie Vardy and Spurs' Harry Kane, who are the top scorers

Leicester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after Riyad Mahrez's goal saw off a stubborn Crystal Palace side.

Mahrez missed an early chance after being put clean through but made amends when he turned in Jamie Vardy's cross.

Damien Delaney hit the bar for Crystal Palace in injury time, but the Foxes held out to clinch another vital win.

The Eagles are into the FA Cup semi-finals but remain without a league victory since 19 December.

Relive the action from Selhurst Park

Leicester move closer to title triumph

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri revised his points target for the title this week - moving it upwards from 79 points to 82 points, which is the most that nearest rivals Tottenham can manage if they win all their remaining games.

However Spurs do, Leicester know that if they win six of their last seven fixtures - and reach 84 points - nobody can catch them.

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Winning is what the Foxes are doing pretty well at the moment. Saturday's success was their third in a row, and the way it came will surprise nobody.

Ranieri's side have now won 13 games by a single goal this season, more than any other top-flight team.

They also have the best away record in the Premier League, with 10 wins on their travels.

They will take some shifting from the top of the table, as their fans did from Selhurst Park.

The Foxes supporters sang "we're going to win the league" solidly for 15 minutes after the final whistle, and it took repeated announcements from the stadium announcer to persuade them to leave.

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Palace problems continue

Palace certainly put plenty of effort in as they attempted to end their dismal league form - they are the only club in the top four divisions without a home win in 2016.

They fired 31 crosses into the Leicester area, with substitute Bakary Sako proving particularly dangerous when he came on.

Crystal Palace
Palace made a total of 31 crosses from open play in the first half (left) and second half (right) - an average of one every three minutes - but only five were successful (green) or ended up as key passes (yellow). The rest (red) were dealt with by the Leicester defence or went straight out of play.

However, the Eagles could not find a finishing touch and their sixth-straight home league defeat means their relegation worries remain very real.

Norwich's win at West Brom means Palace's eight-point cushion above the bottom three will be reduced on Sunday, no matter what the outcome of the north-east derby between Newcastle and Sunderland.

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Man of the match - Wes Morgan

Leicester defender Wes Morgan holds off Yannick Bolasie
BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator Martin Keown described Wes Morgan and his equally-effective centre-half partner Robert Huth as "two bouncers" at the heart of the Leicester defence as they saw off some sustained Palace pressure. Keown said: "If your name's not down, if you're not on the list, you're not coming in!"

What they said

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "We are down, frustrated, we wanted to keep momentum after the FA Cup win over Reading but Leicester are top of the league for a reason. They have a lovely balance to the team, they will be difficult to catch and they would be worthy champions."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri on being top of the league by eight points: "It sounds good, our fans are singing a very good song about that but we are to stay calm because the Premier League is the same as every match, you don't know what will happen.

"We have to continue to push a lot because the Champions League is very close to us. Maybe in the next two matches I can say something more."

What's next?

Leicester can take another step towards the title when they host Southampton on 3 April.

Palace will aim to end their 13-match winless run in the league when they travel to West Ham the previous day.

The stats you need to know

  • Riyad Mahrez has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than anyone else (16 goals, 11 assists), two more than team-mate Jamie Vardy (25).
  • Mahrez has also netted more away league goals this season than any other player (12).
  • Mahrez and Vardy have set each other up for eight Premier League goals this season (five Mahrez assists, three Vardy assists), a joint-high along with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.
  • Crystal Palace have equalled their longest losing streak at home in the Premier League (six consecutive home losses in 1997-98).


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23SouaréBooked at 42minsSubstituted forKellyat 45'minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 7Cabaye
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28LedleySubstituted forGayleat 79'minutes
  • 10Bolasie
  • 25AdebayorSubstituted forSakoat 45'minutes


  • 1Speroni
  • 9Campbell
  • 16Gayle
  • 22Mutch
  • 26Sako
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 30mins
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forSchluppat 86'minutes
  • 14Kanté
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 11Albrighton
  • 9VardySubstituted forAmarteyat 90+1'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 76'minutes


  • 13Amartey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler
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Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamLeicester
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  4. Post update

    Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Scott Dann with a headed pass following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leonardo Ulloa.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Amartey replaces Jamie Vardy.

  7. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Riyad Mahrez.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Robert Huth.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

  18. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

4Man City29156852312151
5West Ham301311647351250
6Man Utd29138837271047
11West Brom30109113037-739
16Crystal Palace3096153240-833
20Aston Villa3137212258-3616
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