And then Leicester take the lead! It is an absolutely calamitous goal for Palace to concede, Joachim Andersen taking possession in defence under no pressure, trying to turn past Iheanacho rather than playing an easy pass to his right and being dispossessed. Iheanacho runs on and slides past Guaita!
30 mins: Leicester just can’t keep the ball in the face of Palace’s constant pressure, and it’s starting to eat away their composure. After Ayew’s booking, Lookman gets a lecture from the referee for kicking the ball away after conceding a free-kick.
29 mins: Bertrand is booked for hauling back Jordan Ayew on Leicester’s left.
28 mins: A lovely run from Zaha, who repeatedly looked destined to lose the ball only to prod it away from whichever Leicester player came in to take it. He gets as far as the edge of the area before laying it off to McArthur, whereupon the move breaks down.
26 mins: Choudhury plays a pass wide to Castagne, who lays it off, and when it is moved back to Choudhury he plays it first-time to the same space that Castagne was in the last time he passed to him, but he is no longer there. Palace throw-in.
21 mins: The referee gives a free-kick for a ridiculous Castagne dive on the right side of Leicester’s defence. On commentary Sky describe it as “a slip”, which it was very obviously not. I don’t understand why referees are so keen to give free-kicks to defenders, but such is life.
18 mins: Tyrick Mitchell is on the ground and holding his head, feeling the impact of a flailing Leicester arm.
16 mins: Lookman and Tielemans combine to find a way round the Palace press, and the Belgian celebrates by thumping a 40-yard pass straight into touch.
14 mins: At the other end Tielemans goes over Gallagher, but the referee isn’t impressed and to be fair Tielemans doesn’t really appeal.
12 mins: Schmeichel makes two saves with his feet! First from Zaha, to the left of goal – a good stop this – and then from Gallagher, from the right of goal, who could probably have gone down when challenged by Tielemans but stayed on his feet only to end up taking a shot from an unhelpful angle.
8 mins: A good cross into the area for Leicester, but a group of players jumps for it, the ball hits more than one of them and then it drops to Guaita.
5 mins: Now Barnes finds space, but Ward blocks his shot. This is a highly encouraging opening for fans of chaotic, chance-heavy football.
3 mins: And a chance for Palace! A low cross from the right finds Edouard, whose effort hits Vestergaard, and then a couple of ricochets later the ball flies into Schmeichel’s arms.
2 mins: Chance for Leicester! They win a free-kick on the right, which Tielemans sends into the area and Vardy heads wide (though it’s helped on its way by a defender, so they’ll have a corner).
1 mins: In the first 20 seconds there are three passes, of which one finds its target.
Before kick-off, a moment’s applause for Roger Hunt, the former England and Liverpool striker, who died this week.
Here are Brendan Rodgers’ pre-match thoughts:
I think certainly in the last three games we’ve been much better, in terms of with the ball and creating opportunities. We’ve had a slow start, but we’ve seen much better moments. We just have to be more consistent.
And here are Patrick Vieira’s:
I’m never happy, I always want more, but it’s important for us to give some of the players a couple of games to get that confidence as well. We’ve got players up front who are working hard and just need to be a bit more consistent.
In short, and to summarise, both teams just need to be more consistent.
Selhurst Park is basking in autumnal sunshine this afternoon and generally looking at its best.
This match is very much filling the get-completely-ignored-because-another-one’s-more-exciting role this afternoon, with Sky concentrating on Liverpool’s game against Manchester City and devoting a healthy chunk of the build-up to an interview with Daniel Craig. “Are we going to start talking about football?” asks Roy Keane, after it’s suggested that he would make a decent Bond villain.
The Palace team is so predictable that we actually did predict it. Leicester spring a couple of surprises, though the absence of Wilfred Ndidi, who was suspended for the visit to Legia Warsaw and misses today’s match with a hamstring injury, was trailed over the last couple of days. Jonny Evans is apparently unwell.
This afternoon’s line-ups have been confirmed, and they look a lot like this:
Hold on to your hats – the last 10 games between these teams have featured 32 goals, two red cards and a couple of penalties. Managers change and players come and go, but this fixture always tends to be a good one. With neither side suffering from injury problems or bizarre paperwork malfunctions (such as the one that kept Kelechi Iheanacho out of Poland in midweek) they should roar into this with vim and panache and entertain us through a sunny but windy Sunday afternoon (well, it’s sunny and windy outside my window; other windows are available).
Here’s what yesterday’s Guardian reckoned the line-ups might be. Actual line-ups to follow in a matter of moments: