Patrick Vieira will renew his heated rivalry with former foe Jesse Marsch as Crystal Palace host Leeds in the Premier League this evening.

The pair clashed on a number of fiery encounters during their times in the MLS when they were in opposite dugouts of New York’s two biggest clubs.

Vieira engaged in a number of numerous battles with Marsch (left) in the MLS

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Vieira engaged in a number of numerous battles with Marsch (left) in the MLS

Vieira faced Marsch nine times when they were in charge of New York City and New York Red Bulls respectively – winning only three matches.

The Arsenal icon once hit out at the American for ‘crying’ and was even sent off on one occasion but tensions have simmered since.

Crystal Palace v Leeds: Date and start time

This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, April 25.

The match at Selhurst Park will kick off at 8pm.

Palace are unbeaten in their last five home league games against Leeds, winning this exact fixture 4-1 last season.

Crystal Palace v Leeds: TV channel and live stream

This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with live coverage starting from 7pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening.

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Gallagher is a huge talent and has proved key for Palace

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Gallagher is a huge talent and has proved key for Palace

Crystal Palace v Leeds: Team news

Marsch has confirmed Kalvin Phillips will start tonight for the first time since December and will face off against England teammate Conor Gallagher.

But Vieira has played down the midfield battle, saying: “I don’t think the England manager will make his decision based on one game.

“He knows what he can get from Phillips. Conor is getting there, and has been really good for us this season.”

Elsewhere, Michael Olise remains a doubt for Palace but Luka Milivojevic is back in training amid Nathan Ferguson’s continued absence.

Leeds, meanwhile, who are already without Patrick Bamford and Tyler Robers, will also miss Adam Forshaw for the remainder of the season.

But the Whites are expected to welcome back both Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo.

Phillips has missed a large part of this season because of a hamstring injury

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Phillips has missed a large part of this season because of a hamstring injury

Crystal Palace v Leeds: What has been said?

Vieira: “He was in New York with Red Bulls and I was at City. We had some challenging games in the derby. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. We have a lot of respect.

“This is the derby. It was tense. Always we had respect.”

“I’m really calm on the bench. This is just a rivalry between two managers. We were in New York and he was defending his team and I was defending mine. This is all about passion.”

Marsch: “When he first made the decision to come to the MLS, we were all excited to have somebody of his stature in the league.

“When he came to New York City FC, it meant that I had to hate him. But he’s not an easy guy to hate because – first of all from an expertise and a work perspective, he’s very good, a very good coach. And we have differing styles and different ways of thinking about the game.

“But it made for always really interesting matches and we had some heated moments.

“But I think over time, we grew to really respect each other. We got to know each other more and more.”

Marsch has made a good start to life at Leeds

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Marsch has made a good start to life at Leeds

Crystal Palace v Leeds: Match facts

  • Jack Harrison has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Leeds, netting against Wolves, Southampton and Watford. The last Leeds player to score in four in a row was Mark Viduka in April 2004, while the last English player to do so was Michael Bridges in May 2000.
  • Wilfried Zaha is looking to score in three consecutive home games for Crystal Palace in all competitions for the first time since May 2018, having netted in the Eagles’ FA Cup win against Everton and Premier League victory over Arsenal.
  • 20-year-old Sam Greenwood has come off the bench and assisted in each of his last two Premier League appearances for Leeds, with Harry Kewell in November 1998 the last Leeds player to assist in three consecutive top-flight games before the age of 21. The only player in Premier League history to assist in three consecutive appearances as a sub was Tomasz Radzinski in February/March 2004 for Everton.
  • Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira and Leeds’ Jesse Marsch met nine times in all competitions in USA, with Marsch’s New York Red Bulls coming out on top five times to Vieira’s New York City FC’s three (one draw). Indeed, the last two meetings ended in 4-0 victories for Marsch.
  • Leeds have won three of their last four Premier League games (D1), as many as they had in their previous 18 (D4 L11). The Whites are looking to win three consecutive top-flight away games for the first time since August 2002, while they last did so within the same season in December 2001.
  • Crystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last home league game, ending a run of five without victory at Selhurst Park (D2 L3). The Eagles haven’t won consecutive home league games since March 2020.
  • Following a 3-2 win at West Ham in January, Leeds are looking to win consecutive league games in London for the first time since April 2008 in League One. Leeds last won consecutive top-flight games in the capital in May 2003.
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their four Premier League games on Monday this season (W1 D3). They beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last such game, last winning consecutive top-flight Monday matches in January 2005.
  • Leeds have won their last two league games against Crystal Palace, though both have been at Elland Road. They’re looking to complete their first league double over the Eagles since 1994-95, while they’ve never won three consecutively against them before.
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last five home league games against Leeds (W3 D2), winning this exact fixture 4-1 last season.

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