Back in August, most people would not have predicted that Leicester City would sit in the top six of the Premier League by early November, let alone Crystal Palace. The fate says otherwise, as both teams temporarily replaced Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the European spots from early October.
Both teams’ current hot form, added with Leicester’s jaw-dropping 0–9 (nine) win at Southampton last week, made this game highly anticipated for the Premier League fans. At the end of the day, Roy Hodgson’s defensive tactics couldn’t stop Brendan Rodgers’ squad’s aggressive display. This tactical analysis will inform you how the match unfolded.
On paper, Hodgson chose 4–1–4–1 for his team in this game, but they practically shifted between 4–3–3 or 4–5–1 throughout the match. In the middle of the park, the trio of Cheikhou Kouyaté, Luka Milivojević, and Jeffrey Schlupp were chosen to control the midfield. In front of them, James McArthur was picked to partner Jordan Ayew and the talisman Wilfried Zaha as the Eagles’ offensive trio. Names like Max Meyer, James McCarthy, and former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke started the game from the bench.
In the opposite side, Rodgers opted for a 4–1–4–1 for his squad. The duo of Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell were picked to be the full-back pairing. In front of the backline, Rodgers started Wilfried Ndidi to give more protection for the defensive department. Last week’s hat-trick heroes Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Pérez started up front alongside Harvey Barnes.
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