Leicester vs West Brom: Baggies can shock faltering Foxes

It’s happening again! Leicester City are on the brink of dropping out of the top four in the final stage of the season. Can they stop the rot against a resurgent West Brom side?

When: Thursday, April 22, 20:00 GMT

How to watch: BT Sport

Follow this game live via our score centre

Best Bets

West Brom to win and BTTS at 10/1 (Betfair)

West Brom to win 3-2 at 55/1 (BetVictor)

Half Time/Full Time Draw/West Brom at 12/1 (Betfred)

Can Brendan Rodgers realise Leicester's Champions League dreams?
Can Brendan Rodgers realise Leicester's Champions League dreams?

In the words of Yogi Berra, déjà vu all over again.

Last season, Leicester City seemed destined for the top four until a late season collapse saw them settle for Europa League football. Are we about to see history repeat itself?

Brendan Rodgers' side are currently third in the Premier League table however, the Foxes only have a one-point cushion over Chelsea and West Ham following two successive defeats.

For West Brom, this is all music to their ears. The Baggies are looking to produce a great escape and avoid relegation to the Championship.

Sam Allardyce's men are nine points from safety but with the team winning two successive games, there is a growing feeling of optimism.

Last Three Premier League Matches

West Brom 0-3 Leicester City (September 13, 2020)

In their earlier meeting this season, it was Leicester City who powered to a comfortable victory.

The Foxes dominated proceedings from the first whistle however, they failed to find a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes.

That quickly changed in the second half. Timothy Castagne opened the scoring after 56 minutes before a Jamie Vardy brace sealed all three points.

West Brom 1-4 Leicester City (March 10, 2018)

Leicester thrashed the Baggies in their 2018 meeting at the Hawthorns.

Salomon Rondon gave the hosts a dream start with a goal in the eighth minute. Jamie Vardy provided the Foxes with an equaliser as both teams headed into the break on level terms.

The second half belonged to the visitors as Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra all scored to secure a comfortable victory for Claude Puel's side.

Leicester City 1-1 West Brom (October 16, 2020)

Despite taking a lead through Nacer Chadli, West Brom failed to win all three points at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez scored the equaliser as Craig Shakespeare's side managed to rescue a point at home.

Former Leicester City manager, Craig Shakespeare
Former Leicester City manager, Craig Shakespeare

The remainder of the season certainly didn't go as smoothly for the Baggies who finished bottom and went down to the Championship.

Last ten head-to-head games

Leicester wins: 5

Draws: 2

West Brom wins: 3

Leicester goals: 19

West Brom goals: 14

Can Leicester avoid another collapse?

The juxtaposition of this fixture is fascinating. On one hand, you have a Leicester City outfit that is out of form and in the midst of its annual top four collapse. On the other, you have a West Brom side that's in great form but sitting second-bottom in the Premier League.

The main question for Leicester fans is whether they can win enough points to bag Champions League football.

Brendan Rodgers wants Leicester to keep fighting on all fronts
Brendan Rodgers wants Leicester to keep fighting on all fronts

The emphasis will certainly be on their next four games. Winning against West Brom, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle should be a priority for Brendan Rodgers' men.

Leicester will not want to rely on having to win their final three Premier League games; against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

West Brom down but not out

There's no sugar-coating this. West Brom are in a perilous position. With seven games to go, the Baggies find themselves nine points from safety.

However, the only saving grace is that since April, they're the only one of the bottom five teams to have won a game of football. In fact, they won two.

West Brom keep slim Premier League survival hopes alive with Southampton victory
West Brom keep slim Premier League survival hopes alive with Southampton victory

A 5-2 win over Chelsea and a 3-0 pummelling of Southampton has given Big Sam a fighting chance of survival - something we couldn't say last month.

The Baggies have tough games coming up against Aston Villa, Wolves, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Leeds. However, based on their current form, we would be foolish to dismiss West Brom too early.

Goalscorer bets

Jamie Vardy is the leading goalscorer in this particular fixture with six goals to his name.

It's unlikely that the former English international will win another Golden Boot this season however, that doesn't mean he should be overlooked.

The Foxes need Jamie Vardy to rediscover his touch
The Foxes need Jamie Vardy to rediscover his touch

Vardy to score last is currently well priced at 18/5 with Unibet.

READ MORE: The good, the bad and the ugly - Jose Mourinho's memorable managerial moments

Latest Soccer Videos