Premier League champions Leicester City travel to the Hawthorns to face 8th placed West Bromwich Albion. Tony Pulis’ side have been performing above expectation all campaign, with many people predicting they would finish lower mid-table.
Leicester have had mixed fortunes this season. Throughout the first-half of the campaign, they were struggling down near the relegation zone. However, after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes went on a superb run which has lifted them to 15th, six points clear of the drop. While they aren’t mathematically safe, they have pretty much secured another year of Premier League football.
The Baggies, who, at one point in the season, had ambitions of sneaking into Europa League contention, have not tasted victory in their past four outings. Since their impressive victory against Arsenal, Pulis’ side have drawn with Manchester United, lost 2-0 against Watford, and 1-0, to both Southampton and Liverpool.
Visitors Leicester City have recently closed the curtain on their impressive Champions League campaign after being defeated by Atletico Madrid, while their Premier League form has been unpredictable. The Foxes have not won in their last three league games. In these matches, Shakespeare’s side drew to Crystal Palace and lost to Arsenal and Everton.
West Brom have been dealt a double-whammy of hamstring injuries this week with Hal Robson-Kanu and Matt Phillips both suffering the same muscle strain. The two attackers are ruled out of this tie and Salomon Rondon is expected to lead the line against Leicester.
Leicester also have a hamstring worry of their own. Wes Morgan, who missed the midweek clash with Arsenal, will be tested before this game and Craig Shakespeare is hopeful that his captain may be able to play against the Baggies. Striker Islam Slimani could also return to the fold this weekend.
Match Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Leicester City
With West Brom’s creative spark, Matt Phillips, missing for this fixture, Leicester have more attacking quality and they should be able to see off Pulis’ side.
A partnership of Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy would provide West Brom’s back four with all sorts of problems, as Slimani would add an aerial threat, while none of the Baggies defenders would be able to deal with Vardy’s pace.