Sunday repertoire sees an early game, first this season for newly promoted West Brom and Leicester who will go head to head in a Premier League return.
Who is playing?
West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City
What competition are West Brom and Leicester playing in?
Premier League Matchweek 1
What time does West Brom vs Leicester kick off?
14:00 GMT on Sunday 13th September 2020
Which stadium is hosting West Brom vs Leicester?
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, United Kingdom
What channel is West Brom vs Leicester on?
Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
West Brom vs Leicester Summary
The counting down is over after exactly seven weeks of waiting for Leicester’s side who will face Premier League’s newly promoted West Brom at The Hawthorns on 13th September. The Foxes after finishing 5th last season and qualifying to Europa League should have plenty of reasons to get excited about the new challenges. West Brom got the 2nd place which translated into a very much desired Premier League return after a two-year absence.
West Brom Team News and Form
Slaven Bilic missed Premier League and Premier League missed Bilic. Starting off big is a way to go for the experienced Croatian. When managing West Ham in his debut season, he has won with Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in the first match weeks and it is now in question If he can pull the same magic with West Brom.
West Brom’s table situation before Championship resumption in June has been looking very good for them. 70 points to their name, one point to 1st Leeds and six points gap between 3rd Fulham has given The Baggies the needed comfort on the home stretch. Ultimately ending in 2nd and guaranteeing the direct promotion to Premier League was what fans have been waiting for two years.
West Brom has finished the previous season as the second most scoring team with 77 goals to their name. The team, however, turned those goals into victories more in away games; they have won 12 away games compared to 10 at home. When talking about victories we can’t say their pre-season, comprising only one clash, had any. They have faced Brighton, and the match ended 0-0.
Since sealing Matheus Pereira on a permanent deal from Sporting and completing a move of very promising Grady Diangana from West Ham, we can expect to some ‘young blood action’ in front of Schmeichel’s goal.
Leicester Team News and Form
It seems like Leicester has developed from Ranieri’s one season hit from 2015/16 to a well rounded and united team who proved its potential many times last season. Brendan Rodgers took over the team in February 2019 and vaulted from 9th to 5th place; a true validation of his work and the big step for the club.
Last season has started promisingly for The Foxes and If not their drop of form on the home stretch of the season it would be certain to see them back again in Champions League after four years. Now we will see them in a less prestigious competition, Europa League, which still means more fixtures within a single season for the club. The question now is will they achieve to reconcile their European journey with the domestic one.
Away games haven’t been the team’s jam for some time now, they have won only 2 out of the last 10 league games when playing as guests. Pre-season hasn’t been the best for the team either who has been averaging 1.76 GPG in Premier League, as they have scored three goals in three games in which they sealed one win and two draws. Amartey, Albrighton and Dewsbury-Hall were the sole scorers for The Foxes.
Ben Chilwell, one of Leicester’s key man and the player who has been an absolute certain pick for Brendan Rodgers last season, has put a pen to paper on a new contract for Chelsea. The transfer apparently cost The Blues £45.18m which was more than enough to bring a replacement, Timothy Castagne from Atalanta Bergamo. The Belgian is still waiting for his debut.
West Brom Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Brighton (A) 0-0 Club Friendly draw
- QPR (H) 2-2 Championship draw
- Huddersfield (A) 2-1 Championship defeat
- Fulham (H) 0-0 Championship draw
- Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-1 Championship draw
Leicester City Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Blackburn Rovers (H) 1-1 Club Friendly draw
- Sheffield Wednesday (H) 0-0 Club Friendly draw
- Birmingham (A) 0-2 Club Friendly win
- Man Utd (H) 0-2 Premier League defeat
- Tottenham (A) 3-0 Premier League defeat
West Brom Top 2019/20 Goalscorers:
- Charlie Austin (10 Championship goals + 2 FA Cup goals) – Since the club has signed no new strikers so far I can see Charlie Austin getting rotated on a number nine position with Robson-Kanu in a Slaven Bilic’s very much favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
- Hal Robson-Kanu (10 Championship goals) – Robson-Kanu is a very versatile player who can play on either both wings or up-front, however, it was the number nine position where the Welshman has been placed in 35 out of 40 games last season. However, he hasn’t scored in the last ten games.
Leicester City Top 2019/20 Goalscorers:
- Jamie Vardy (23 Premier League goals) – It is fair to say the Englishman ages like wonderful wine and despite being 33-years-old, he sealed his first-ever Premier League golden boot last season.
- Kelechi Iheanacho (5 Premier League goals + 4 EFL Cup goals + 1 FA Cup goal) – The Nigerian has played in 20 Premier League games last season; mostly as a centre forward paired up with Jamie Vardy up-front.
- Slaven Bilic, former West Ham manager, returns to Premier League after three years of absence.
- Both teams haven’t lost a single game in pre-season.
- Leicester after finishing 5th will be playing in Europa League this season.
- West Brom returns to English top-flight after a two-year absence.
- West Brom has already faced Leicester eight times in Premier League with a record of 2-2-4.
|10th March 2018||WBA 1-4 LEI||Premier League|
|16th October 2017||LEI 1-1 WBA||Premier League|
|19th July 2017||LEI 1-1 WBA||Premier League Asia Trophy|
|29th April 2017||WBA 0-1 LEI||Premier League|
|6th November 2016||LEI 1-2 WBA||Premier League|
Okan’s Betting Tips
I can’t see Leicester losing in this one. They haven’t lost a single match in pre-season. Leicester or draw is 2/7* with Mark Jarvis.
Four out of the last five clashes between both teams ended with BTTS. BTTS is 8/11* with Mark Jarvis.
Leicester scored over 1.5 goals in 84% of games in Premier League last season. They have won three out of last five confrontations with West Brom. Leicester & Over 1.5 goals is 11/8* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 10th September 2020) and subject to change.
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