West Brom v Leicester: Baggies to help Foxes embrace outlook shift

Kasper Schmeichel has retrieved the ball from his net less frequency in the last week
Kasper Schmeichel has retrieved the ball from his net less frequency in the last week

Clean sheets equal pizza at Leicester, perhaps explaining their growing fondness for under 2.5 goals...


"West Brom have witnessed two strikes or fewer in six of their last seven league clashes, with five of those squeezing under 1.5 too."

Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.8910/11

West Brom 2.942/1 v Leicester 2.6813/8; The Draw 3.45
Saturday, 15:00


West Brom

The Baggies are a positive example for Sunderland, Newcastle and Aston Villa fans everywhere: proof that no matter how dismally you start, it takes surprisingly little effort to move from the relegation zone to the comfort of mid-table and beyond.

They were bottom of the Premier League after three games and looking pretty abject - they even lost at home to Chelsea - yet now find themselves tenth, a point shy of seventh and eight clear of the bottom three, without having to overly exert. Yes, they won four and drew one of their last seven, but they did so in the least dominant manner possible, with four 1-0 victories and a 0-0 draw.

There are no major developments on the injury front either. Ben Foster is absent - no disaster for as long as the clean sheets flow - and James Morrison is doubtful.


Leicester

The established Claudio Ranieri trajectory of the past decade - beginning brilliantly but then fading as the campaign unfolds - is being fought against furiously by this most spirited of Leicester sides. They have played four times since their defeat to Arsenal and haven't once been outdone in 90 minutes.

As a consequence, they now boast a record of one loss in 13 fixtures under his leadership, though there was a rare glimmer of disappointment in midweek as they exited the Capital One Cup on penalties at Hull.

Their attempts to recover from that minor setback shouldn't be hindered too greatly by injuries, with Matty James the sole squad member certain to miss the relatively short trip to the Black Country and Leonardo Ulloa the only other question mark.


Match Odds

West Brom may have soared ten places up the Premier League table in the past two months, but their home form remains vastly inferior to Leicester's results on the road.

Across all competitions, they have played in front of their fans six times, giving up three goals in defeats to each of Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton and being held 0-0 by League Two strugglers Port Vale and slow-starting Southampton. Even the one triumph was nothing much to celebrate, a 1-0 struggle past then-winless Sunderland, who have collected one away point.

By contrast, Leicester are unbeaten on their travels under Ranieri and indeed over a seven-month period dating back to the successful conclusion of the Nigel Pearson era. The sequence has spanned ten matches and commenced with a 3-2 win at The Hawthorns.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals

The main news story heading into this game has been the Leicester squad dining out on the pizza that Ranieri promised them when their first clean sheet of the season finally arrived.

It took them a dozen encounters to obtain that shutout, yet they enjoyed the experience so much that they repeated it a mere three days later at Hull, drawing 0-0 after 90 minutes in a scoreline which also signalled their first failure to fire under the veteran Italian coach.

That is therefore two deliveries of under 2.5 goals in a row, and there aren't many better opponents with which to complete an eight-day hat-trick against than West Brom, who have witnessed two strikes or fewer in six of their last seven league clashes, with five of those squeezing under 1.5 too.


Recommended Bet:

Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.8910/11


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