Leicester's Shakespeare unsure of points target for survival

Danny Woods
April 20, 2017

Complicating the issue is Robert Huth's suspension, which rules the German defender out of the second leg and leaves Yohan Benalouane as Leicester's only available centre-back.

Leicester City are not guaranteed to maintain their Premier League status next season despite being nine points above the relegation zone in 12th position, manager Craig Shakespeare said.

Craig Shakespeare's side claimed Christian Benteke fouled Yohan Benalouane as he headed the 70th minute equaliser after Yohan Cabaye had brought Palace into the game but there is no doubt they must be more solid against the Spaniards.

Leicester - who face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday - took an early lead through Robert Huth with Jamie Vardy adding a second early in the second half at Selhurst Park. This team has been in exceptional form this season and I expect that to continue as the team is not safe yet and things there is still a lot more to get out of this season. It'll be a really tough challenge.

With little time to recover in between the two ties, Foxes boss Shakespeare is aware two of the biggest matches in his club's history have overshadowed the Palace game, which provides a chance to effectively guarantee Premier League safety.

They lost 4-2 at Goodison Park, and were so open.

Crystal Palace signed the versatile player from Leicester for £12.5m in January, although the Ghanaian has struggled to hold down a first team spot since.

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Palace were again undone by Leicester's direct approach, this time after Townsend's corner had been cleared.

Palace have won five of their last six matches, recording famous victories over London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Eagles could equal the club top-flight record of four home wins in a row, set in 1989 and equalled in December 1990. He's never been relegated from the Premier League. Burnley and Hull are the only sides to earn fewer away points than Leicester's tally of six.

The nature of their opening goal, after only seven minutes, therefore surprised for more than one reason.

Leicester's run of five successive league victories was ended by Everton last Sunday.

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