Leicester vs West Brom by JuanO
First of all, let's start with the away team. So far, in 7 games in the Premier League this campaign, West Brom have only scored 6 goals, only 2 of which came in away games. Out of the mentioned 6 goals, all of them came from 6 different players, which means that there's no dominant number 9 in the box, who can battle with taller opposing defenders in the air and on the ground. However, their defense looks really strong this season so far. WBA coach Tony Pulis has tried several different defensive systems, from three in the back against Arsenal, to two center-halves for the rest of the season. Pulis chooses the pair of Evans and Hegazy (both of which look solid in the air as well) as his back duo, with iconic defensive midfielder Gareth Barry holding up a little bit higher in the pitch, defending the opposing team's number 9 from making any significant runs up the field. New acquisition from PSG - Krychowiak, tries to win back the ball most of the time, pressuring the attackers up the pitch. Tony Pulis is often criticized for the boring play of his team, but you can be sure about one thing - he surely knows how to get a good result from a grudge match, such as today's game against Leicester. So as you can see, no team is having it easy, when they meet the older styled play of the Hawthorns.
There isn't much to say about the home team, except that they're a team which are constantly trying to play long balls into the box, Hegazy and Evans should be able to contest those for the major part of the game. Despite the bad start to the season, Leicester aren't necessarily looking bad, the defense could be more solid, but the Cinderella of English football bought a young talented center back in Harry Maguire, and with an experienced and solid partner to guide him through in Wes Morgan, this looks like a great centre back partnership for years to come.
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|Under 2.5||Bet365||1.73||7||1-1 WON (+5.11 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.