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Sunday 4 December 2016

Pardew eager to out-Fox the Premier League's form team

Palace boss Alan Pardew
Palace boss Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew believes Crystal Palace are coming up against the Premier League's most in-form forward, but warned his team that Jamie Vardy is far from Leicester's only threat.

Claudio Ranieri's men have been one of the most impressive sides this season, thanks in no small part to the inspirational form of their 28-year-old striker.

Vardy has scored nine goals in nine Premier League games this term, but Pardew believes that the division's "surprise package" remain dangerous even if Vardy struggles to impress.

"No, I don't think so," the Palace boss said when asked if keeping Vardy quiet ended Leicester's chances of victory.

"They have various offensive options, all of which are problematic.

"(Nathan) Dyer came off the bench, who I think's a terrific player, and changed the game a little bit against Southampton (in last weekend's 2-2 draw).

"They've got good offensive players, but (Vardy) is the sharpest striker in the division at the moment.

"We're playing against a Leicester side who have been the surprise package," he said.

"I think with our signing of (Yohan) Cabaye people looked at us and perhaps thought we might have a good season, but I don't think everybody (could) see Leicester's season coming. They've done tremendously well."

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