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West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
30 November 2023, 19:16

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The Championship is back in full swing, and following a round of mid-week matches, we will get to enjoy another set of games on the weekend. One match that will particularly excite the viewers is the encounter between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City. The kick-off at The Hawthorns is scheduled for 12:30 pm local time on Saturday, December 2.

As we will discuss later in our West Brom vs Leicester City prediction, the Foxes are approaching the match in underwhelming form. The hosts, meanwhile, are confidently pushing for a play-off spot at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

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The Baggies didn't have the best start to the 2023/24 season and were sitting in the bottom half of the table at one point. However, Carlos Corberan’s team improved significantly in recent weeks and finds itself fifth in the standings with 32 points after 18 matches. West Brom have scored 29 goals and allowed 17.

If we are speaking about recent form, then West Brom are one of the best teams with four wins and one loss in the recent five matches – something to account for in the West Brom vs Leicester City tips. 

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Leicester City’s form, on the other hand, is underwhelming. The Foxes seemed unstoppable at the beginning of the campaign and their first place in the standings was but a surprise. However, their latest five matches in the Championship include two wins, one draw and two losses. 

In fact, they are approaching the match on Saturday following a 1-1 tie with last-placed Sheffield Wednesday.Nevertheless, Enzo Maresca’s men continue in first spot with 43 points after 18 matches and a record of 32 scored and 11 conceded goals.

Considering the recent form, the West Brom and Leicester City odds are more balanced than we would’ve expected at the start of the season.

Betting Tips West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City

Both teams to score? Yes

Leicester City have a good attack as their 31 strikes in 18 matches is the second best record in the Championship. Nevertheless, it has undoubtedly been their defence that brought the positive results in the previous months. However, that defensive rigidness is no longer there as the Foxes have conceded in four of their latest five games.

West Brom have a solid frontline themselves, and playing at home, we expect the Baggies to take advantage of the visitors’ struggles. WBA have failed to score in just three matches this term, and their recent performances have been much more stable, netting nine times in the last five matches.

At the same time, the hosts do not have the most secure backline, with nine clean sheets to date. Against a solid Leicester attack, that defence is guaranteed to slip up at least once. Considering all this, the odds on both teams scoring stand at 1.72 on Bet365.

Over 4 cards

Besides goals, we also expect quite a few fouls in our West Brom vs Leicester City prediction. Both teams deploy intense pressing, although this is certainly more true about the Foxes.

Thus, Maresca’s men have been booked on 40 different occasions since the start of the season. One tendency to note is that Leicester receive more cards against rivals who apply pressure instead of sitting in low blocks, as this was the case against Middlesbrough (3 cards), Blackburn Rovers (3 cards) or Southampton (4 cards).

West Brom have seen 32 cards in 18 matches, which is not insignificant either. Similarly, the Baggies get booked more often in games against bigger rivals: 6 cards against Coventry City, 5 cards against Leeds, 3 cards against Blackburn Rovers and so on.

Since we expect an intense match, a high number of fouls and yellow cards will go hand in hand. Bet365 offers 1.66 odds on over 4 cards at The Hawthorn on Saturday.

Draw

Leicester City’s performances have clearly been on a downtrend in recent weeks and we expect that to continue on December 2. Whereas we do not think West Brom have what it takes to get the full points against the Foxes, a draw seems achievable. Bet365 gives 3.30 odds on it happening.

Leicester’s tie with Sheffield Wednesday this mid-week was their first draw of the season. As for West Bromwich, they have recorded five draws this term, the two recent ones being at home. 

The Baggies are in better form at the moment and they will want to prove it this weekend. However, opening up too much, leaving the defence exposed, would mean risking a loss. A more conservative approach against the league leaders seems reasonable, and even one point at home against the Foxes may be seen as a good result for Corberan’s men.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our West Brom vs Leicester City tips are only suggestions, not advice. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.