After their late heroics at the weekend, Leicester City will hope to remain ahead of the rest by claiming victory at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are now well clear of danger.
The match against Norwich City on Saturday was a new test for the leaders, who have been used to seeing opposition teams come on to them, which has given them the opportunity to counter-attack in such devastating fashion. That has been the blueprint of their success this term, but Norwich decided to come to the King Power Stadium and sit back in order to get something, a ploy which would have come off but for Leonardo Ulloa’s late intervention.
The striker was on hand to turn in one of the very few chances that the Foxes created in a performance that lacked fluency and coherence, but the way in which they won was akin to how previous title winners have ground out results in years gone by, so it could be the mark of champions. This is set to be another tricky outing for Claudio Ranieri’s men as they will again be met by another wall of resistance, so they will have to be a little more inventive here if they are to triumph again.
West Brom come into this game after what was undoubtedly their best attacking display of the season so far against Crystal Palace, which came as a result of Head Coach Tony Pulis fielding a dynamic front three of Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon and Stephane Sessegnon. The way they linked up was a joy to watch at times with Rondon impressing with his hold-up play and work rate, Sessegnon with his pace and vision, and Berahino with his superb finishing ability.
So the flair they provide will surely give the hosts problems, and Baggies supporters must be delighted at the sight of Berahino back in the team and seemingly enjoying his football once again. His presence should enable them to kick on, especially as they now hold an 11-point cushion over the bottom three. The only concern for Pulis will be whether they have enough pace at the back to cope with the guile of Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.
Danny Simpson is likely to return to the Leicester starting XI at right-back after serving a one-match ban, leaving long-term absentee Matt James as their only player missing.
Chris Brunt is out for West Brom after he was stretchered off against Palace, so he joins Jonathan Evans, Callum McManaman and James Morrison on the injury list.
Last Meeting: There was little entertainment to be had when these sides met in November 2014, but an unfortunate own goal from Esteban Cambiasso settled the game in West Brom’s favour as they earned a rare away victory under Alan Irvine. A clearing header from Wes Morgan rebounded into the net off the Argentine just after half-time and Leicester struggled from then on in their quest for an equaliser, with Jamie Vardy going closest.
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