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Albion v Leicester City match preview

9 March 2018

ALBION host Leicester City at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

The Foxes currently sit eighth in the Premier League table on 37 points from their 29 games so far this season.

They appointed former Southampton manager Claude Puel following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare eight matches into the campaign.

Despite a good spell of results initially, the Frenchman’s team haven’t won any of their last five in the league - though they did beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup fifth round last month.

Last time out 

The most recent fixture between the two sides was a 1-1 draw in October, which turned out to be Shakespeare’s final game in charge.

Nacer Chadli put Albion ahead with a fantastic free-kick midway through the second half, but Riyad Mahrez’s goal with 10 minutes to go meant the points were shared.

The Belgian forward strikes at the King Power Stadium

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Albion

  • The Baggies have hosted Leicester six times in March - winning four, drawing once and losing the other.
  • There hasn’t been a goalless draw between Albion and Leicester since a League Cup tie back in 1970 - a run stretching back an incredible 45 games.
  • Salomon Rondon could play his 100th PL game if selected on Saturday, and Matt Phillips is also in line to make his 50th PL appearance for the Club.

Leicester City

  • The Foxes drew 1-1 with Bournemouth last weekend thanks to Mahrez’s stoppage-time equaliser - meaning they are without a PL win since mid-January.
  • It was the Algerian international’s 36th goal for Leicester, but surprisingly his first from a direct free-kick.
  • Leicester’s winless run of five PL games is their longest spell without a victory since the final six matches of Shakespeare’s tenure.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the 1-1 draw earlier on in the season…

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 109 matches that have been played, Albion have won 51 times, there have been 23 draws and Leicester have been victorious on 35 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Bobby Madley, and he’ll be assisted by Marc Perry and Mick McDonough - with Neil Swarbrick as the fourth official.

It’ll be the fourth time that Madley has refereed Albion this season, having previously been in the middle for the win over Bournemouth and the defeats at Arsenal and Man City.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game remain on general sale and prices have been slashed to just £5 for under-17s and juniors.

Seats for the category B fixture are £30 adults, £24 over-60s, £20 students and young adults (22 and under) and, as stated above, £5 for under-17s and juniors.

They can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Leicester is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 1 Leicester City 4

10 March 2018

ALBION were undone 4-1 by Leicester City in their Premier League encounter at The Hawthorns.

Salomon Rondon marked his 100th league appearance for the Baggies with an eighth-minute opener when he converted Oliver Burke's cross.

Grzegorz Krychowiak struck the crossbar as Albion looked to strengthen their advantage, only for Jamie Vardy to level for the Foxes midway through the first half courtesy of a well-taken volley over his shoulder from Riyad Mahrez's throughball.

The Algeria international then turned goalscorer just after the hour mark when he converted to put City in front, with Kelechi Iheanacho heading a third, and Vicente Iborra a fourth, in the closing stages.

Head coach Alan Pardew made two changes from the defeat at Watford, Burke and Allan Nyom coming in for Jay Rodriguez, who dropped to the bench, and Jonny Evans, struggling with illness.

Ben Foster, wearing the captain's armband, was given an early scare when his attempted clearance cannoned back off Ahmed Hegazi.

But it was Albion who broke the deadlock following a fine move down the right which saw Burke skip past Ben Chilwell and deliver an inch-perfect pacy cross for Rondon to divert home.

Vardy and Demarai Gray came close to connecting with Mahrez's deep ball before Krychowiak went closer still, his half-volley pushed on to the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel.

Yet it was the Foxes who levelled in the 21st minute, Vardy latching on to Mahrez's long ball over the top and delivering a sublime, first-time finish into the bottom corner.

An entertaining encounter flowed from end to end, with Rondon driving at the visiting defence before seeing his strike deflected over the bar by Wes Morgan shortly before the break.

Foster reacted quickly to palm away a deflected Gray cross as the high-tempo clash remained finely poised.

Albion saw loud appeals rejected for a foul, and a possible second yellow card, as City skipper Morgan appeared to block off Rondon's run.

And within minutes the visitors took the lead when Mahrez latched on to a throughball from substitute Iheanacho and lofted the ball beyond Foster.

The Baggies No.1 raced off his line to block well from the onrushing Vardy but Leicester added a third when Iheanacho rose to head home Chilwell's cross.

Iborra added a fourth in added time, heading home a Foxes corner.

ALBION: Foster (c), Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Burke (Robson-Kanu 83), Krychowiak (Field 59), Livermore, Brunt, Phillips (Rodriguez 70), Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Yacob, McClean.

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Ticket News

Leicester tickets on general sale

9 March 2018

TICKETS for Albion’s Premier League clash with Leicester City at The Hawthorns on Saturday, March 10 remain on general sale (ko 3pm).

Prices have been slashed to just £5 for under-17s and juniors as the Baggies welcome the 2015/16 champions to B71. 

Seats for this category B fixture are priced £30 adults, £24 over-60s, £20 students and young adults (22 and under), and just £5 for under-17s and juniors.

Tickets can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

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