With an lively weekend of action nearly over, Leicester City host West Bromwich Albion in this week’s Monday Night Football.

Victory will send Leicester out of the relegation zone at Stoke City’s expense whilst West Brom can close the gap to those between 5th-9th down to just a point. 

 

Team News

Jamie Vardy is fit and available after sitting out the international break with a hip injury.

Wilfred Ndidi and Ben Chilwell have both managed to overcome minor injuries and are expected to feature here.

Robert Huth and Matty James are definitely still ruled out.

West Brom could well be missing some key players after Nacer Chadli, James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu picked up problems during the international fortnight.

Chadli has a back injury whilst Morrison is dealing with a calf issue. Robson-Kanu has an unspecified strain.

 

Form

Leicester enter this with just one win, which came two months ago at home to Brighton. Since then, they have mustered up just two draws so are in desperate need of three points here.

Saying that, their losses have come against bigger clubs so perhaps the best is yet to come.

Albion too are struggling despite winning their first two league games in August. They have since drawn three, all at home and lost on the road 5-1 on aggregate across two away games.

 

Where will goals come from?

Leicester have scored five league goals at the King Power Stadium so far this season whilst West Brom are yet to find the net before half time.

As the graphics show, 60% of Leicester’s home goals have come after half time and the Baggies are yet to score in the opening 45 minutes.

If that form translates into the match itself, expect a more lively second half from both teams.

 

Evenly matched?

The per game averages make for some interesting reading for both teams, starting with Leicester.

 

Leicester per game average

Leicester per game average, 15/10/17,  http://www.footstats.co.uk/index.cfm?task=team_dashboard

At home, the Foxes have fared worse than their visitors (Brighton, Chelsea & Liverpool) in averages for corners, shots and shots on target.

They are however evenly matched when it come to fouls and goals so perhaps Leicester’s result will come down to how clinical they’re in front of goal.

West Brom however are a lot stronger on their travels than those hosting them in certain areas.

WBA per game average sixteenth October

WBA per game average, 15/10/17, http://www.footstats.co.uk/index.cfm?task=team_dashboard

 

They have had better average than those they were visiting when it comes to corners and fouls.

Everywhere else, the Baggies lack quality compared to their opposition so expect to see them try and get plenty of set pieces.

If look at the raw figures for fouls in both graphics, Leicester and West Brom both have averaged 10.67 fouls per game respectively.

The same also occurs in the goals section because both teams have let in an average of 1.67 goals by their opponents.

Away from the graphics, when looking at ball possession, Leicester and West Brom average the two lowest averages at 38 and 36% respectively.

With those stats all in play, this is a fixture that see both teams cancel one another out.

 

Prediction

There doesn’t seem to be a lot between these teams entering this fixture but one head to head stat might set things apart.

Since winning 2-1 at Filbert Street in January 1994, the Foxes haven’t beaten West Brom at home in eight meetings across all competitions.

If add in the stats then I can see that run continuing with the points shared to prevent Leicester climbing out of the drop zone.

Prediction: Leicester 1-1 WBA

Jake predicts: Leicester 2-0 WBA

Result: Leicester 1-1 WBA

 

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