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Champions are
streaking to safety

LEICESTER do like to do things in spurts, don’t they?

Rubbish week-in, week-out to hit the bottom of the Premier League under Nigel Pearson, who then masterminded the spring of springs to keep them up.

Out went Pearson, in came Claudio Ranieri, and then followed the season of all seasons which ended in the title.

Box ticked, it was back to rubbish, week in and week out, until the board had had enough of the world manager of the year.

Craig Shakespeare stepped in and duly became the first manager in Premier League history to win his first five matches in charge as Leicester start to soar up the table once more.

Now they’re off to Everton in a game that just a few weeks ago would have seemed pivotal in the relegation fight. Not so now.

And they’ve definitely got a chance of continuing their climb at Goodison Park in a fixture that doesn’t yield many home wins.

Of the last 21 meetings between these rivals in blue, be the match at Everton or Leicester, only four have been won by the home side.

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Match in Focus

15:00 Sa 25Nov

C Palace v Stoke

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Palace’s only five points of the season have come from their last three home games
Expert verdict
Things are slowly picking up for Crystal Palace, who have beaten Chelsea and drawn with West Ham and Everton in their last three games at Selhurst Park. A home clash with Stoke looks winnable for the Eagles as the Potters have conceded 20 goals in their last eight league matches.