West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 13 September 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: The Hawthorns.
It seems as if Premier League has a policy that newly promoted teams should get the toughest opening match-days. After a tiring campaign in the Championship, the Baggies are pitted against the Foxes, Leeds are drawn against none other than Liverpool, and Fulham are matched against Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’s men are already annoyed with themselves after they let go of an opportunity to take part in the Champions League after they dropped their intensity in the final stretch of their 2019-20 league campaign.
The team was thought to be gunning for the title at one point in the season, but once the 38th match-day was over, they were placed 5th in the table, and thus had to settle for a Europa League ticket.
The players as well as the manager will surely be fired up to not let that happen again, and would want to set a narrative that they are not going to drop unnecessary points this time around. And that would mean they are coming out with guns blazing against the minnows.
Slaven Bilic’s men have just been promoted to the top flight, and they are not at all equipped to take on a former champion – and that too a wounded Foxes side.
On top of that, Rodgers’ men also do have a great h2h record against this opponent in the recent years as well.
By all means, expect Leicester to not let any mistake happen in this opener, and secure the three points pretty convincingly.
Head-to-head (h2h) & Previous Meetings
- The last time these two met, the Foxes recorded a 1-4 win on the road.
- They had also registered four of the former five overall wins.
- They are unbeaten against this rival in the past four years.
- The guests have a 100% winning record in PL fixtures at this stadium in the past two decades.
West Brom vs Leicester: Prediction
The Foxes are one of the best teams in the Premier League, and they have been contenders to finish in the top-four in the past few years. They also have one of the most competitive mindsets in the PL, and we can count on them to bounce back in style after missing out on a CL entry the last season.
On the other hand, their counterparts have just been inducted into the top flight, and they are opening against a former champion. Suffice it to say that they are under a lot of pressure, and even their most loyal fans would not be expecting them to win this match-up.
And to further pile on, Rodgers’s men also do have a dominating h2h record in the past five years against this rival.
Likely, anticipate a fierce performance by Leicester this weekend.
Leicester to Win Either Half @ 1.50 (1/2)
To Score in Second Half: Leicester @ 1.60 (3/5).