West Brom vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Hawthorn

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Nigel Pearson will cross the Midlands with his Leicester City side at full-strength and in a buoyant mood on the back of their rabble-rousing victory against West Ham United.

West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, live in the hope that their appointment of Tony Pulis will be enough to keep them from the drop. Although the relegation-proof pragmatist has undoubtedly steadied the Baggies’ season, jitters persist at the Hawthorns, especially after last weekend’s startling 4-1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

It will be a special day whatever the result. The hosts are to line-up in commemorative kits as part of the launch of the Jeff Astle Foundation, an initiative which will fund research into the brain condition that caused their former striker’s death at the age of 59.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST MEETINGS…

Leicester City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion (Cambiasso o.g.), Premier League, October 2014

Leicester City (Shorey o.g.)1-4 West Bromwich Albion (Cox 2; Tchoyi; Reid), League Cup. October 2010

West Bromwich Albion (Morrison; Koren 2) 3-0 Leicester City, Championship, April 2010

STATS…

Leicester City have scored five goals in their last two league matches, as many as they had managed in their previous eight.

West Brom’s total of 23 goals conceded at home this season is more than any other team in the division.

The Hawthorns has seen the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, with 10.

No side with the Foxes’ current total of 22 points at this stage of a Premier League campaign has avoided the drop.

The last Leicester goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Hawthorns was Peter Shilton, who played in a 1-0 victory in October 1971.

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 2.30

Leicester to win: 3.40

Draw: 3.40

TV: Highlights on BBC1, 10:30pm

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