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West Brom vs Leicester Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview

English Premier League 2015-16
West Brom
West Bromwich Albion F.C.
vs Leicester
Leicester City F.C.
Schedule
Saturday, 31 October 2015 at 14:00 GMT / 14:00 UK / 19:30 IST
Venue
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Preview

Haydn Cunningham

West Brom gained a consecutive 1-0 Premier League win at Norwich City whilst Leicester City also managed the same result at home to Crystal Palace which also handed them a first clean sheet of the season.

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon's header proved decisive goal against Norwich

Tony Pulis has guided West Brom to back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the first time in over a year. It has boosted them into 8th and it is looking a lot more positive at the Hawthorns and ended a 3 match losing streak. Salomon Rondon was guilty of missing a couple of chances before heading the winner just after the half time break. The Venezuelan international was brought in for a record club fee of £12million and Pulis faces losing Rondon again next month through international commitments. Pulis has always been known for building a side hard to break down and he has proven that again this year with West Brom keeping 6 clean sheets in the league which is equal with both Manchester clubs. However, when they do concede they often hit the self-destruct button after conceding 3 goals on 4 occasions this season.

Claudio Ranieri celebrated his 64th birthday earlier in the week and the Italian got the best birthday present, a victory and a belated clean sheet! It was the first time his side had done so all season and is also the first time that Leicester have been involved in a game where one of the sides has failed to score. Jamie Vardy seized on an error to score his 10th league goal of the campaign and also the 7thconsecutive league game he’s scored in. It puts him amongst an elite set of players to have achieved this feat with Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer others to have done so. Ruud Van Nistelrooy holds the record back in 2003 when he scored in 10 consecutive league games and with West Brom and Watford coming up, Vardy will fancy his chances of continuing his impressive form.

Goals are often in abundance between these two sides with 25 goals in the last 7 meetings. The away side also tends to be on the winning side in recent years with the visitors coming away with the win in 6 of the last 7. Leicester boast the top 2 players who’ve been involved in the most number of goals with Vardy contributing in 11 (10 goals, 1 assist) and Riyad Mahrez in 10 (5 goals, 5 assists). Both West Brom and Leicester have the lowest percentages in terms of possession in the Premier League and also have the lowest percentages of successful passes completed.

Neither side has any fresh injury concerns to contend with and Leonardo Ulloa is on the fringes of returning to the Leicester camp after suffering a hip injury for the past couple of weeks. Ben Foster will be pleased his successor has performed so well as he battles back from a serious ACL knee injury he picked up back in March.

West Brom

Stats: W-4 L-4 D-2

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Leicester City

Stats: W-5 L-1 D-4

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Head-to-head record:

11/04/15

PREM

West Brom

Leicester City

2-3

01/11/14

PREM

Leicester City

West Brom

0-1

26/10/10

League Cup

Leicester City

West Brom

1-4

02/04/10

CHAMPIONSHIP

West Brom

Leicester City

3-0

07/11/09

CHAMPIONSHIP

Leicester City

West Brom

1-2

 

Possible Line-ups

West Brom (4-4-2) – Myhill, Dawson, McAueley, Evans, Brunt, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Rondon, Berahino

Leicester City (4-4-1-1) – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Schlupp, Mahrez, Vardy

Injury List/Suspended Players

West Brom – Foster (inj), Morrison (inj)
Leicester City – James (inj)

West Brom v Leicester Head to Head

31/10/2015West Brom2 - 3Leicester

League Positions

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11Leicester382312368363281
1414West Brom381013153448-1443
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