Brave Leicester City continue their title push with a renewed sense of optimism following their late win over Norwich at the weekend. Foxes go up against Baggies in the midweek round hoping to keep the pace and shrug off the pressure at the summit of the Premier League table.
Premier League table toppers Leicester City will be looking to extend their unbeaten record at King Power Stadium to ten games in the stretch when they welcome West Brom on Tuesday. The Foxes maintained their title push at the weekend with a late 1-0 win over resilient Norwich City thanks to Leonardo Ulloa’s winner, with the substitute player doing great to slide in and convert Marc Allbrighton’s low cross with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Claudio Ranieri will be delighted with determination and team spirit, which have allowed the fringe players such as Ulloa to feel important to the team and play his important part in a huge win for the Foxes. Ulloa struck his third goal of the season after coming off the bench with 12 remaining in the game. Victory over Norwich was Leicester’s has allowed Ranieri’s men to keep the two-point cushion in front of Tottenham, while Arsenal took a step in the wrong direction with their 3-2 loss at Manchester United and are now five points behind the leaders. Leicester City will be eager to keep their bid on track, but Ranieri’s team will be without one of their most important players and that could be a reason for concern.
N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring against Norwich and is a major doubt for the game, with Andy King the most likely replacement for the Frenchman.
Right back Danny Simpson has served his one-match suspension and is available once again for selection.
West Bromwich Albion
WBA have secured a scintillating 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend having left their fans in fear until the very end of the game. Three early goals from Gardner, Dawson and Berahino saw Baggies take a comfortable lead after half an hour of play, but Tony Pulis’ men have left the guard down in the second half as complacency almost cost them the three points. Wickham scored his first goal of the game three minutes in the second half, while his second on the 80th-minute mark left everybody biting their nail in suspense. West Brom left Palace at bay, three points behind them in the standings and are currently sitting in 13th, level on points with Everton in 12th place in the standings. There is a huge crowd in the middle of the table with four points separating six teams and WBA are traveling to Leicester hoping they can make an additional push up the ladder. Visitors will hope their main star Saido Berahino will help them stun Foxes as the striker is set to start against after demonstrating his return to form with a fine goal and an overall impressive performance.
Chris Brunt has suffered a knee injury against Crystal Palace and will be forced out of the trip to Leicester and James Chester is ready to replace him at left back.
James Morisson and Callum McManaman are out due to their injuries, while Jack Rose is set to miss the game through suspension.
Key Factors to Consider
- Leicester City have won nine consecutive home matches in the Premier League
- Foxes won last two league meeting with West Bromwich Albion
- WBA have won just two of their last ten matches on the road
- Vardy and Mahrez have shared 33 goals between them so far
- Pulis’ side scored only 27 goals in as many Premier League rounds
Leicester City are set to welcome WBA feeling optimistic and positive after their morale-boosting win against Norwich last time out. Ranieri has managed to create a positive atmosphere in the team with every single player working for the mutual cause and I believe that Foxes will go out to record another win in their incredible title push.
Verdict: Home win