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West Brom vs Leicester predictions: Baggies can hold leaders
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Aidan Perkins
Carlos Corberan's West Brom entertain leaders Leicester on Saturday
Carlos Corberan's West Brom entertain leaders Leicester on Saturday

- Leicester are a point clear at the top of the Championship
- West Brom are fifth 
- Recommended bet: Draw

Leicester's fantastic start to the season saw them streak clear at the top of the Championship, but the Foxes have faltered over the past month and now face a difficult trip to in-form West Brom.

The Foxes won 13 of their first 14 matches and were being talked about as good enough to accumulate over 100 points over the course of the campaign.

While they still look likely to emerge as one of the automatic promoted teams this season, Enzo Maresca's men have lost to Leeds and Middlesbrough recently and were also held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

West Brom are in fifth, 11 points adrift of the Foxes, but have won five of their last six games and have promotion ambitions of their own.

Team news

Baggies forward Jed Wallace was forced off in the first half of the win over Cardiff on Tuesday and looks set to be ruled out after boss Carlos Corberan admitted afterwards he was "in a lot of pain".

Adam Reach and Daryl Dike are also still on the absentee list for the hosts.

Leicester defender Wout Faes suffered a dead leg against the Owls, but the hope is he will be fit to face Albion. Fellow defender Callum Doyle remains out with a knee injury.

The stats

West Brom have kept clean sheets in five of their last six home league games.

Leicester won their first seven away games this season, but have suffered a defeat and draw on their last two trips.

The last two meetings between the clubs came in the Premier League in the 2020-21 season, with Leicester winning both games 3-0.

Enzo Maresca has guided Leicester to the top of the Championship table
Enzo Maresca has guided Leicester to the top of the Championship table


A few weeks ago this would have been viewed as a likely away win as Leicester were flying, but they have been brought back down to earth somewhat with back-to-back defeats against Leeds and Boro.

A home victory over Watford got them back on track, but then they dropped more points unexpectedly at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday grabbed a late equaliser.

They go to The Hawthorns to face a Baggies outfit who will believe they can still push for an automatic promotion themselves if the Foxes and second-placed Ipswich's fortunes suffer a dip over the winter.

Corberan's side were impressive 2-0 home winners over the Tractor Boys in their most recent home game and they followed that up with a victory at Cardiff.

Those performances suggest they will be good enough to claim a point against the leaders this weekend in what is likely to be a tight encounter.

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