Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

29 Feb

Leicester's Jamie Vardy scores against West Brom


Jamie Vardy scored Leicester’s winner when the Foxes last met West Brom

TEAM NEWS

Leicester’s influential midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to miss the next two matches because of a minor hamstring problem.

Andy King will take Kante’s place, while right-back Danny Simpson is available after suspension.

Chris Brunt’s knee injury is still being assessed but he will miss West Brom’s trip to Leicester.

Jonny Evans could return from a hamstring injury but James Morrison remains out with a similar issue.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Alistair Mann:A late winning goal to bounce majestically back from a heart-breaking late defeat is yet another trait of a title-winning side. Those waiting for Leicester’s bubble to burst will have to wait for yet another week, it seems.

“With 11 games to go, and while all those in the chasing pack have other significant distractions, Claudio Ranieri’s team can focus solely on their remaining ‘cup finals’.

“If it were a team more used to winning trophies, they would surely be even greater favourites.

“Visitors West Brom have proved to be stubborn opponents throughout this campaign and their weekend win has alleviated still further any lingering anxiety.

“Perhaps it will take yet another late goal to maintain the intrigue of one of the greatest footballing stories of recent times?”

Twitter: @alistairmann01

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri: “On Saturday, West Brom were 3-0 up after 30 minutes. They are a very dangerous team.

“We know they counter well and are very dangerous at corners. They scored eight or nine goals from set plays.

“We know we can win, lose or draw. It’s only important how we fight on the pitch.”

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis on striker Saido Berahino: “It was lovely to see Saido score on Saturday. He looked fitter and sharper, which was pleasing too.

“We are hoping in two or three games time Saido will be back in the type of form he was in last season.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

West Brom will make things very difficult, and I think they will see the job through. The Baggies are over their little blip now, and Saido Berahino looks like he has got his appetite back.

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Leicester have won the past two meetings – both by 3-2 scorelines at The Hawthorns.
  • However, West Brom are unbeaten in their past six away trips to Leicester (W5, D1).

Leicester City

  • Leicester have won four of their past five league games – the only blip was defeat against Arsenal on 14 February.
  • The Foxes have lost just one of their past 16 Premier League home games (W11, D4, L1) – that was also to Arsenal, back in September.
  • They have gone seven hours and 43 minutes since they last conceded at home in the Premier League.
  • Ten of the past 12 teams to be top of the Premier League by the end of 1 March have gone on to win the title that season.

West Brom

  • West Brom are vying to win three Premier League games in a row for the first time since November 2012.
  • Their victory at Everton on their last away trip ended a run of seven games on the road without a victory (D3, L4).
  • West Brom have attempted a division-low 82 shots on target in the Premier League this season.

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