The Wilfried Zaha-less Eagles of Crystal Palace took down Leicester City 1-0 in a wholly uninspiring contest. A wonder-strike from Luka Milivojevic was the difference-maker as neither side could muster much in the way of a consistent threat.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6
There was absolutely nothing for him to do in this one. He was beaten by the missile from Milivojevic and was uninvolved outside of that moment.
Ricardo Pereira - 7
One of the bright spots for the Foxes. He was effective in attack and drew three fouls while also adding four tackles and four interceptions.
Wes Morgan - 6.5
Was once again solid. He made two tackles and three interceptions.
Harry Maguire - 7
Impressed in his return. Steady in defense with a tackle, an interception, and two clearances. He also added to the attack with three completed dribbles and some ambitious passing.
Christian Fuchs - 7
Started in place of the injured Ben Chilwell and made the most of his opportunity. He was consistent with his contributions on both ends of the pitch and led the Foxes with two key passes.
Nampalys Mendy - 5
Made two tackles but didn’t do much else and could perhaps be blamed for a failure to close down on Milivojevic before his long-distance strike.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6
He took four shots, none of which were on target, and was dispossessed three times. Still, he did tally five tackles, two clearances, one interception, and one blocked shot.
Marc Albrighton - 6
As always he did a little bit of everything, but he couldn't quite make a decisive contribution.
James Maddison - 5
Perhaps his least inspiring performance with City. He was hardly involved in the first half (second-least touches on the team) and was subbed off before getting a chance to change that.
Demarai Gray - 6
It was a tough one to judge for Gray. He was a bit wasteful and was dispossessed five times, as well as skying a shot from a good-looking chance, but he was one of the only players on the pitch for City trying to push forward. He did create chances with his dribbling and pace but couldn’t capitalize on them.
Jamie Vardy - 6.5
Lacked service for much of the game but came to life in the second half. In one instance he stole the ball from Palace’s keeper and would have scored if not for a questionable foul call. He also put another shot on target from close-range but was denied by an impressive save.
Rachid Ghezzal - 6.5
Came on for Maddison at the half and much like Gray wasn’t particularly efficient but did look to make things happen. He completed three dribbles, one key pass, drew one foul, and added two tackles.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 6
Came on in the 72nd minute and left without having made much of a mark. He had just seven touches.
Shinji Okazaki - 7
Came on in the 88th minute and was unsurprisingly full of energy. He may have only been officially credited with one pass and two touches, but he ran into good areas and made things difficult for Palace.
Matt Piper: "Some of the players out here today need to have a look at themselves, Okazaki has been on for 20 seconds and has already done more"— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) December 15, 2018
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
This loss sent the Foxes tumbling down the table to 12th. The current run of form can best be described as dull or even lifeless, as the team seems to be running out of ideas in attack. In fairness, however, City seemed to be the more dangerous team while not being particularly dangerous. This is happening quite often these days.
xG map for Palace - Leicester pic.twitter.com/o4NgcImkDg— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) December 15, 2018
A few Foxes impressed nonetheless. The defense in particular performed adequately and Harry Maguire was a bright spot in his return to action. Still, the Fosse Posse Man of the Match was none other than Christian Fuchs. The Austrian left-back was generally impressive in his spot-start and was a joy to watch.