West Brom host Leicester City on their return to the Premier League. The Baggies finished runners-up to Leeds last term, while the visitors lost out on a place in the Champions League to Manchester United on the final day of the campaign. Nevertheless, the Foxes will still embark on a European adventure and go straight in to the Europa League group-stage.
Where and when: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich – 13 September, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see West Brom vs. Leicester City: Sky Sports Premier League
Last time: Leicester ran out 4-1 winners courtesy of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra. Jake Livermore got a consolation for the Baggies back in March 2018
West Brom v Leicester City Predictions and Preview
Slaven Bilic is still after striking reinforcements but will be delighted by the permanent capture of Grady Diangana. There was uproar from Mark Noble and his team-mates after West Ham let the highly rated youngster leave and the supporters have also voiced their displeasure with the board.
The England Under-21 ace was a revelation for the Baggies last term and will link up with Matheus Pereira and Charlie Austin in the forward places. Diangana is 12/1 to open proceedings while Austin, who has turned out for QPR and Southampton in the Premier League is available at 7/1. The Baggies are 13/5 to emerge triumphant in their first fixture back in the top flight and 4/1 to claim a point.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Matt Phillips to score first||12/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||15/4||Offer|
|Leicester to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
Brendan Rodgers is without Ben Chilwell after the full-back moved to Chelsea. The defender is replaced by Timothy Castagne who joined from Atalanta and can play on both sides. Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy is 3/1 favourite to open proceedings and is raring to go.
The Sheffield native has 103 Premier League strikes to his name and is reborn under Rodgers’ tutelage. Vardy struggled under predecessor Claude Puel but remains vitally important to Leicester and their hopes both domestically and on the continent.
The Foxes are still without James Maddison. The playmaker barely featured after the restart and was a huge loss during the run-in after picking up a hip injury. Rodgers is desperate to get his number 10 back in the fold but is also pushing for new additions.
David Brooks is on the radar and the Welshman’s versatility is a big factor for the former Swansea City tactician. In the meantime, Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho are all set for starts behind Vardy and the Nigerian is 7/4 to net anytime. Leicester are 19/20 to take away the spoils.
One to watch for West Brom: Pereira instantly looked a level above his peers upon moving to the Championship. The creative talent was involved in 24 goals from 42 appearances and is 12/1 to register last.
One to watch for Leicester City: Harvey Barnes can consider himself unlucky not to receive a call up to Gareth Southgate’s Nations League double header. The winger scored seven and assisted a further nine efforts last season and is 3/1 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Rodgers has selection issues with Jonny Evans serving suspension and Wes Morgan struggling with a hamstring strain. Caglar Soyuncu is the only recognised centre-half available and the Turkey international may have to form a makeshift pairing with Wilfred Ndidi. Expect the Baggies to come out of the blocks quickly and target the visiting rearguard early on. A 2-0 home success is 20/1.