By 90Min
October 15, 2017

West Brom will make the 50 mile journey to face Leicester City on Monday night in an attempt to cement their position in the top half whereas opponents Leicester try to build upon the five points they have so far accumulated. 

Leicester currently sit in 18th place after a challenging start to the new season facing both Liverpool and Manchester United already.

Tony Pulis will be hoping his side can get a win since his last victory in the Premier League came back in August against Burnley, and defeats against Brighton and Arsenal have since be recorded.


Classic Encounter

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Back when Leicester completed the impossible in the 2015/16 season, the two fixtures proved to be absolute crackers, the first one of them being at the Hawthorns in October 2015.

The Foxes' came out on top with a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and a brace from Riyad Mahrez. 

Despite the visitors' looking the more likely in the opening exchanges, West Brom went ahead from a Rondon header, but that was just the start. 

Leicester scored two in quick succession to take the lead, both goals coming from Algerian Riyad Mahrez even though the second was offside, however the goal stood. 

From 'Rags to Riches', Jamie Vardy sent Leicester 3-1 up and scored his eighth consecutive goal in the league, putting him level with Daniel Sturridge and two off Ruud Van Nistelrooy, a record which he did manage to break later on. 

Rickie Lambert then scored a penalty late on, but Leicester held on for the impressive away win. 


Key Battle


Jamie Vardy vs Jonny Evans

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The English striker has scored five Premier League goals this season for the Foxes' and that could prove to be a worry for Evans having only recorded one clean sheet so far this season. Vardy - renowned for his speed - will provide a challenge for Evans who isn't one of the quickest defenders in the game. 

With the experience the defender has, following his time at Manchester United and under Tony Pulis, Evans certainly has the capability to nullify any kind of Leicester attack and with being away from home, West Brom need to defend well. As a leader, Evans will be at the forefront of that. 

Team News

Leicester have received boosts ahead of the fixture with Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi being declared fit for Craig Shakespeare's side.

Vardy was left out of the England squad during the international break, but has since recovered, and Ndidi was thought to have a hamstring problem however it came back as just cramp.

The home side are without Matty James and Robert Huth with the pair carrying problems with their achilles and ankle respectively. 

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Tony Pulis also comes into the game with a few doubts including Hal Robson-Kanu who could miss due to a strain. 

Nacer Chadli could also be sidelined with a back problem and Morrison too, with a calf issue.


Potential Leicester City Starting Lineup: Schmeichel; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray; Okazaki, Vardy.


Potential West Brom Starting Lineup: Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs; Brunt, Krychowiak, Barry, Phillips, Rodriguez; Rondon.


Prediction

Leicester have had a difficult start to the season, but with being at home and having that advantage, it could prove to be the difference.

Vardy is enjoying scoring goals despite winning only one game this season and with West Brom's last clean sheet back in early September, the Foxes' have a real chance to take something out of this game.

Recent seasons have seen goals and under the lights in midweek, the trend could continue.


Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 West Brom


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