Kick-off: 1400, 13/09/2020
Stadium: The Hawthorns
TV: Sky Sports
West Brom and Leicester both stuttered late on last season and a cagey contest could be on the cards when they return to action at The Hawthorns.
Albion scrambled to automatic promotion from the Championship, winning only three of their last 11 league games to stumble over the line.
The Foxes missed out on a top-four finish in the Premier League when losing four of their final seven fixtures.
Sharing the spoils here would be a steady start for each team and 13/5 for a draw is our opening West Brom vs Leicester prediction.
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Despite a nervous run-in, Slaven Bilic said he will keep faith with the men who got West Brom back in the top flight after an absence of two years.
The Croat believes plenty of his players are more suited to the Premier League, stating: “You have to change, but you don’t have to change a lot.”
Completing the permanent signing of Matheus Pereira from Sporting Lisbon seems good business, with the £8.25million recruit scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists last term.
Grady Diangana is another loan star kept on, with the West Ham winger handed a five-year contract, a deal which left some of his former United teammates fuming that such a good prospect was allowed to leave.
Ex-Brighton keeper David Button will provide competition for Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond between the posts, stating: “We’ll all be pushing to bring the best out of each other.”
It is a shame there will be no fans at this game, as the Baggies would have benefited from a white-hot atmosphere created by their supporters.
However, they do not lose often at this venue and can still take advantage of some home comforts to be competitive.
Looking at the West Brom vs Leicester odds, we’re taking 17/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
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Leicester’s lack of strength in depth ultimately proved costly, as they narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.
The Foxes were hurt by injuries in defence and midfield when signing off with a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham and a 2-0 home loss to Manchester United.
Brendan Rodgers will hope a fresh start can help them to get back on track, although losing Ben Chilwell to Chelsea was a big blow.
Belgium defender Timothy Castagne is his replacement and the £21.5m buy helped Atalanta to finish third in Serie A last term.
If Jamie Vardy can continue to hit goals as regularly as in recent years, they should be challenging at the higher end of the table once again.
The Golden Boot hero has plenty of support up front from the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Harvey Barnes, Ayoze Perez and Demarai Gray.
A rearguard which was robbed of Harry Maguire 12 months ago and now Chilwell does look short of quality, though, especially with Ricardo Pereira still absent with a serious knee injury.
Let’s add 17/5 for a score draw to our West Brom vs Leicester betting tips.
WEST BROM 2-2 QPR – Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson
LEICESTER 0-2 Man Utd
Head-to-head: West Brom 1-4 Leicester, Leicester 1-1 West Brom, West Brom 0-1 Leicester, Leicester 1-2 West Brom
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