Leicester City vs West Brom Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Leicester City vs West Brom prediction for Monday night’s Premier League encounter at the “King Power Stadium” in Leicestershire. Both clubs are determined to break out of their poor Premier League form as both Leicester and WBA remain without a league win for nearly two months – since matchday 2 in August. Read more in our detailed match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: Leicester City vs West Brom
West Brom are unbeaten in their last seven away matches against “The Foxes” (6 wins, 2 draws), which forms their longest run without defeat when visiting Leicester. Leicester City’s last home success dates from January 1994 when they won 4:2 in a Championship clash. Nevertheless, Leicester also feels well when travelling away to West Midlands, winning its last three visits in West Bromwhich, including the most recent one from April this year when Jamie Vardy scored the only goal.
English Premier League: Leicester City vs West Brom 16.10.2017
Leicester have won only once in the new Premier League campaign and that was in their first home match – a 2:0 win vs newcomers Brighton. Since then “The Foxes” failed to outwit their opponents but this includes some very serious fixtures vs Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, all preceded by an opening leg vs Arsenal at the “Emirates”. After all these rounds Craig Shakespeare’s men can finally take a deep breathe and try to end their negative home performances against a side that should be considered as a more vincible opposition, at least on paper. They can draw out some extra inspiration by a 2:0 League Cup victory vs Liverpool in September, which moved them to the next round where they host Leeds United later this month. However, only couple of days after eliminating The Reds, Leicester missed to win a point, or more, during their league clash and that remains their last home match – four weeks ago. It has been followed by a goalless draw in Bournemouth right prior the international break.
“The Throstles” have began the new Premier League season in a great fashion but fly to East Midlands without a victory since August. After the two narrow (1:0) victories over Burnley and AFC Bournemouth in the first two rounds, followed by a League Cup success vs Accrington Stanley, West Brom won three points out of three home games. All these were draws – Stoke City (1:1), West Ham United (0:0), Watford (2:2), while the squad led by Tony Pulis lost its two games away from home with a two-goal margin – 3:1 vs Brighton, as well as 2:0 vs Arsenal. In the meantime The Baggies have been knocked out by the League Cup after losing 1:2 to Manchester City at home, increasing their winless streak to six games.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Tony Pulis and everyone in the club from West Bromwich are surely disappointed by the last fixture, before the pause. WBA took a 2:0 lead to Watford, but “The Hornets” managed to stung their opponents late in the game when Richarlison scored an equalizer. An experienced Welsh manager requires more concentration by his players and will hope to avoid the overall poor away syndrome shown by West Brom so far in 2017. Indeed, “The Throstles” have won just one of their last 12 trips away in the Premier League and have lost four of their last five.
Nacer Chadli, James Morrison (calf) and Hal Robson-Kanu (muscular) are all doubts for the away side and they must all face late fitness tests to determine whether they can make it to the group.
“The Foxes” have their own injury concerns but the most important is that Craig Shakespeare has Wilfred Ndidi (cramp) and Jamie Vardy (hip) fully fit ahead this clash. Ben Chilwell (knee) is also available for Leicester, although Christian Fuchs is the usual suspect to start at the left-back.
Defender Robert Huth (ankle) and midfielder Matty James (Achilles) are still sidelined, but both summer signings Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra hint to turn into important first-team players. Latter made his Premier League debut for Leicester, replacing Andy King on half-time against Bournemouth, and the Spaniard can claim a starting position on Monday night, especially when another competitor in face of Adrien Silva remain unavailable until January.
Riyad Mahrez is expected to return in the starting squad as he has been left on the bench against Bournemouth. Algerian winger is a good option to improve Leicester’s attack together with Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani, who are also eager for more first-team football, although they will most likely remain on the bench since Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy are the favourites to start up front.
Leicester City vs West Brom Prediction and Betting Tips
Leicester’s recent record isn’t astonishing, but they have won six of their last ten Premier League home matches. Moreover, their only defeats in that term were by Spurs, Chelsea, and Liverpool. In fact, when facing teams outside the top 7 they have won six of their last seven and drawn just once.
Considering the not so convincing away performances of West Brom and Leicester City’s willingness to reach their second Premier League victory while closing a negative streak at the same time, makes odds on a home win worthy enough. It’s true that “Foxes” have struggled against “The Throstles” at their own hollow for the past two decades, but everything has an end and Leicester can eventually remind us how solid they are at home turf.
We firmly recommend betting on Leicester City against West Brom, with the Asian Handicap -0.5 on them as a way to receive a greater value for virtually the same bet like if you pick the 1X2.
Possible Lineups of Leicester City and West Brom
Venue: “King Power Stadium”, Leicester.
Referee: Michael Dean.
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson – Marc Albrighton, Onyinye Ndidi, Vicente Iborra, Riyad Mahrez – Shinji Okazaki – Jamie Vardy. (4-4-1-1)
West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster – Kieran Gibbs, Jonny Evans, Ahmed Hegazy, Craig Dawson – Gareth Barry, Grzegorz Krychowiak – Chris Brunt, Jay Rodríguez, Matt Phillips – Salomon Rondon. (4-2-3-1)