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The ball is delivered by Sean Scannell.
Sean Scannell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Lloyd Dyer sends in a cross.
Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Gallagher.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy King on Glenn Murray. Wilfried Zaha restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Chris Martin, Glenn Murray produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Mile Jedinak fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
Mile Jedinak is caught offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.
Sean Scannell concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuki Abe. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
Jeffery Schlupp concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wright. David Wright takes the free kick.
Lloyd Dyer challenges Chris Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wright.
Chris Martin takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Martin, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
Yuki Abe on for Lee Peltier.
Jermaine Beckford goes off and Jeffery Schlupp comes on. Steve Howard comes on in place of David Nugent.
Goal scored by Paul Gallagher from 30 yards to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace.
Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
Paul Gallagher grabs a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Crystal Palace.Assist on the goal came from Richie Wellens.
Unfair challenge on Andy King by Chris Martin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line, Foul by Richie Wellens on Patrick McCarthy, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Richie Wellens takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Gallagher from the free kick, save by Julian Speroni.
Paul Gallagher crosses the ball, save by Julian Speroni.
Nathaniel Clyne crosses the ball, Chris Martin takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
Shot from just outside the box by Lloyd Dyer misses to the right of the goal.
Shot from inside the area by Chris Martin clears the bar.
Sean Scannell replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi. Chris Martin comes on in place of Jonathan Parr.
Shot from close range by Kagisho Dikgacoi clears the bar.
David Nugent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Moxey. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
Glenn Murray is ruled offside. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick.
Corner taken short by Mile Jedinak.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mile Jedinak, Paul Gallagher makes a clearance.
Jermaine Beckford takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Julian Speroni.
A cross is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.
Jermaine Beckford finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace.Assist by Richie Wellens.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mile Jedinak.
Nathaniel Clyne takes a shot. Lloyd Dyer gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Parr, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Wilfried Zaha, Close range header by Patrick McCarthy goes over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mile Jedinak from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy King.
Glenn Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
Foul by Richie Wellens on Mile Jedinak, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Sean St. Ledger. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
Dean Moxey has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Wilfried Zaha, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Mile Jedinak, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
Paul Gallagher takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Matt Mills. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
David Nugent takes a shot.
Paul Gallagher crosses the ball, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
David Nugent produces a cross, Header on goal by Jermaine Beckford from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
Paul Konchesky sends in a cross, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha.
Mile Jedinak decides to take a short corner.
Jermaine Beckford concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Clyne. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Glenn Murray goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
The ball is crossed by Lee Peltier.
Matt Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wright. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Short corner worked by Richie Wellens.
Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick McCarthy on David Nugent. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
Matt Mills fouled by Glenn Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Lee Peltier, Andy King takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Nathaniel Clyne. Nathaniel Clyne takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mile Jedinak from the right by-line, clearance by Andy King.
Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Richie Wellens, save by Julian Speroni.
Richie Wellens decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken by Paul Gallagher, clearance made by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
The ball is crossed by Andy King, David Nugent takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
Wilfried Zaha challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
Paul Gallagher produces a cross, clearance by Nathaniel Clyne.
Effort on goal by Paul Gallagher from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Kagisho Dikgacoi takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Mile Jedinak fouled by Andy King, the ref awards a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
Two absent for Foxes
Sol Bamba and Darius Vassell are the only absentees for manager Nigel Pearson for his first game back in charge of Leicester against Crystal Palace.
Bamba is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the home defeat to Leeds prior to the international break. The centre-half must serve a one-match ban.
Vassell missed that game after scans revealed the former England striker had suffered cruciate ligament damage in the defeat at West Ham at the end of October. He has since been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Aleksandar Tunchev returned from a loan spell at Palace during the break. The Bulgarian defender has been nursing a groin injury but he trained this week and is in contention to face his most recent club.
Pearson, back at Leicester after 17 months away as manager of Hull, insists the chance to win a place in his first starting XI on Sunday is open to every member of the squad.
"People have a clean slate and the onus is very much on the players to be picked for the side. We will give everyone every opportunity because this job is about players, not managers. My job is to facilitate success on the pitch," said Pearson. "There are players that will know me and know what to expect, but those that don`t will perhaps be unsure and not know what to expect. They need to be assured that they will be treated fairly."
Chris Martin is in line to make his Crystal Palace debut.
The striker this week moved to Selhurst Park on loan from Norwich until January to boost a Palace side who have not scored in their last three matches.
However, the Eagles were dealt a huge injury blow on Tuesday night when midfielder Jonathan Williams suffered a broken leg playing for Wales' Under-21s.
Since Palace's last outing a fortnight ago, defender Aleksandar Tunchev has returned to Leicester at the end of his loan spell and midfielder Andy Dorman has joined Bristol Rovers on loan.
Alex Marrow is still on the sidelines with an ankle problem and Lee Hills is recovering from a long-term knee injury.
Gallacher at the double for Foxes
Two fabulous strikes from Paul Gallacher ensured Nigel Pearson's second stint at Leicester got off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Pearson left Hull earlier this week to re-take the reins at the King Power Stadium and replace Sven-Goran Eriksson - less than 18 months after he walked away to manage the Tigers.
The Foxes enjoyed immense success under Pearson first time around and Jermaine Beckford's opener set them on their way to a resounding victory on Sunday.
After a goalless first half in which the striker spurned the best opportunities, Beckford opened the scoring with a cool finish.
Gallacher's two long-range strikes settled matters and ensured a happy homecoming for Pearson.
Leicester move level on points with Palace, who have now not scored in the npower Championship in their last four matches, to put themselves firmly back in the play-off hunt.
Hopes were high before kick-off as Pearson took Leicester back into the Championship at the first attempt and had the highest win ratio of any permanent manager at the club.
His side showed plenty of energy early on but they failed to fashion any meaningful opportunities.
And they were nearly caught out, with defender Sean St Ledger's last-gasp interception preventing Glenn Murray from converting Wilfried Zaha's cross.
The Foxes started to grow in stature after that, however, and Andy King's header was well saved by Julian Speroni, while the Palace goalkeeper magnificently clawed away a long-range effort from Gallacher that looked destined for the bottom right corner.
Beckford beat the offside trap to go clean through but his woeful first touch from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's long punt cost the striker dearly.
The former Leeds frontman was culpable of spurning another opportunity when he could not direct his free header on target and it remained all-square at the interval.
It was Palace who came firing out of the traps at the beginning of the second half so it came as a surprise when the hosts broke the deadlock in the 55th minute.
Richie Wellens collected the ball from Paul Konchesky before playing through Beckford and he put his first-half woes behind him to slot home.
The striker had a chance to double his side's lead immediately after when he picked up a loose ball but, after going clean through on goal, Beckford's tame effort was comfortably saved by Speroni.
His profligacy nearly came back to haunt Leicester but Kagisho Dikgacoi blazed over from close range, while debutant Chris Martin, on-loan from Norwich, had a bullet header saved by Schmeichel mere minutes after coming on.
The Foxes weathered the storm and Gallacher and Wellens both forced Speroni into action before the former doubled his side's lead in the 71st minute.
There looked to be little danger when he picked up the ball 25 yards from goal but after being given room to manoeuvre, the winger curled delightfully into the top-right corner.
High on confidence, Gallacher settled matters three minutes later with another exquisite strike, this time his first-time blast from long range rocketed past a despairing Speroni.
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