West Brom v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 25, 2017
Saturday 29 April – The Hawthorns – Premier League
The race for Premier League places hots up on Saturday, as West Brom host reigning champions Leicester City at the Hawthorns. The Foxes are still hovering just above the relegation zone, but with games in hand over all of their closest rivals, they should be safe.
West Brom won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium earlier this season, with Matt Phillips scoring the winner. Leicester have emerged victorious on three of their last four visits to the Hawthorns though, winning 3-2 last season.
West Brom have one of the best injury records in the Premier League, and have no new concerns after the game against Liverpool. Matt Phillips looks to have put his hamstring problems firmly behind him, while Tony Pulis hinted after the Liverpool defeat that he could give a few youngsters a chance in the weeks to come.
The visitors meanwhile will hope that captain Wes Morgan recovers from his own hamstring complaint. The defender misses out against Arsenal, while striker Islam Slimani is also struggling with a groin strain. It’s been confirmed that Nampalys Mendy will miss the rest of the season, after the midfielder underwent an ankle operation.
West Brom v Leicester City Preview and Predictions
All the betting is on a tight encounter at the Hawthorns, as the outgoing Premier League champions come to town. Leicester have been unrecognisable since Craig Shakespeare took over, and have a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the table after staring relegation in the face. The visitors will start as underdogs against Pulis’ men though, who are looking to seal an eighth place finish.
The Baggies have been stuttering of late, and have lost their last three games. This has followed an impressive point against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with the two most recent defeats at home. Pulis will hope that his side can stop the rot in front of their own supporters, and West Brom start as narrow 8/5 favourites to claim all three points.
After recording six victories in a row following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking, Leicester are winless in four in all competitions. And there’s a big chance this could become five against Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday evening. While they should be safe from relegation, Shakespeare will want to pick up the required points as quickly as possible. The visitors are 2/1 to get the win on Saturday, while the draw is 5/2.
One goal winning margin at 5/4
The bookmakers are struggling to separate these teams, and this one looks like it’s going to be a close contest.
Both teams to score at 10/13
West Brom have scored in their last 17 games in all competitions against Leicester, while the visitors have found their shooting boots of late.