West Brom makes a comeback to the English top-flight since 2018 this weekend as they play host to side Leicester City. The match schedules at Hawthorns on Sunday with kickoff at 4 pm.
Newly promoted Baggies tops the list of favorites to be relegated into the Championship this season. With likes of Fulham and Leeds starting with losses on an opening day, it remains an uphill task to change the tides.
One thing that will be evident for the Baggies as they anticipate for the Premier League’s first opening match is the home ground. It will be a good feel factor for the side who enjoyed a successful season in the Championship.
Brendan Rodgers will have to shake off a disappointing 2019-2020 campaign that saw the side lose Champions League football. It was evident an empty stadium was the kryptonite for the side with an unimpressive run in form post-lockdown.
Leicester managed to win only six games since the lockdown. The coffin’s final nail sealed on the last day of the campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. The Foxes have not won four of their previous opening fixtures in the Premier League. Replicating the am form from the previous campaign that saw the side start with an unbeaten streak will be hard for Rodgers.
West Brom vs. Leicester City Head to Head
Both sides have met on 16 occasions, with West Brom taking home seven wins while Leicester with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Brighton 0-0 West Brom
West Brom 2-2 Leicester City
Huddersfield 2-1 West Brom
West Brom 0-0 Fulham
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 West Brom
Leicester City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leicester City
Birmingham City 2-0 Leicester City
Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City
Tottenham 3-0 Leicester
West Brom Team News
The only injury concerns ahead of the match include Conor Townsend and Kenneth Zonore. The side saw the loan moves of Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, and Matheus Perreira made permanent.
Leicester City Team News
Injury woes take a toll in the camp with a couple of first-team players out of contention for the clash. Jonny Evans will serve a three-match ban after picking a red card on the last season’s final day.
Prediction and Odds
Despite injury woes in the defense, Leicester has enough quality and prowess to register a win this weekend.
Goals Under 3.5
Most Goals: 2H