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Match Preview: Foxes prepare to host Crystal Palace at the King Power

Defense first, but Leicester needs to score goals.

Leicester City FC v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Location: King Power Stadium, Leicestershire, England

Kick-off time: 3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM Eastern, 7:00 AM Pacific

It’s been a tale of two competitions for Leicester this season.

The Foxes have eight points through eight games this season in the Premier League and return to action against Crystal Palace this Saturday after winning their third Champions League match in a midweek clash with Copenhagen.

14 goals conceded in eight league matches spells a problem for Leicester — the loss of N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park has left the back four vulnerable and the defensive replacements have yet to fill the void. Daniel Amartey has fought to take his position to mixed reviews and like-for-like replacement Nampalys Mendy remains out due to injury.

Leicester City FC v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Success in the league for Leicester starts from the back first. The Foxes will score goals with the likes of Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, but the club can’t continue giving up four-spots like they have on three separate occasions in the league this season already.

One of the weak spots in Leicester’s game this season has been set piece defense and balls crossed into the box, which is surprising after what Wes Morgan and Robert Huth were able to accomplish last season. It won’t get any easier on Saturday, as Crystal Palace are the league leaders when it comes to crosses with 232. New signing and leading scorer Christian Benteke will look to be on the end of those for Palace.