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STAT PACK: Leicester v Albion

31 October 2014

Facts and figures ahead of Saturday's clash with the Foxes (ko 3pm)

ALBION will look to continue their solid run of form this weekend as they make the tough trip to Leicester, and once again football statistics website WhoScored.com are here to preview the clash.

After a well-earned and deserved 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last Saturday it is now just one defeat in their last five games for the Baggies, who are climbing up the Barclays Premier League table and now lie just a single point off the top half. 

Much of the limelight has been on seven-goal Saido Berahino, who is the Premier League's leading English goalscorer this season and is showing no sign of easing up any time soon.
 
In doing so, Berahino has fired Albion forwards and also helped cover the recent absence of injured Victor Anichebe.

The powerful forward, however, returned to action last weekend to great effect, coming off the bench at half-time with the Baggies two goals down and swiftly turning the game on its head. 

Anichebe took only six minutes to make a significant contribution to the game and score the home side's first goal. 

His overall impact off the bench is impressive having registered 10 goals in 43 substitute appearances over the last six Premier League seasons, scoring every 89.6 minutes when appearing as a sub.
 
Only Javier Hernandez (14) and Edin Dzeko (13) have scored more substitute goals than Anichebe since the start of the 2009/10 season.

The striker then went on to win the penalty from which Berahino levelled the scores in injury time. The 21-year-old has been in exceptional form of late but the return of Anichebe is a further boost to a free-scoring Baggies frontline.

This week, the challenge comes against a Leicester side who have taken only one point from the last 12 available since their impressive victory against Manchester United. 

They may be unbeaten at home this season but they will not like the look of their recent head-to-head record against Albion.

The Baggies have won six and lost only one of their last eight matches against Leicester, that coming at The Hawthorns in 2008. 

What is more, they have won each of the last three encounters at the King Power Stadium, scoring eight goals in the process.

Given how lethal Albion's attack has been of late, along with the return of Anichebe, there is good reason to believe that goals and a positive result are a distinct possibility for the visitors tomorrow.


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Interesting facts

The clash between Leicester and Albion at the King Power stadium will be the first-ever Barclays Premier League meeting between the two clubs.

Albion have won the last three meetings between the two sides, scoring nine times in the process.

Former Albion forward Kevin Phillips is currently a first-team coach at Leicester. Phillips scored 38 times for the Baggies during his two-year spell at The Hawthorns.

Leicester forward Chris Wood could come up against his former team-mates on Saturday. Wood, who graduated from Albion’s Academy, made over 20 appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson was once Albion’s assistant manager under Bryan Robson in 2004. 

We said, they said

We Said – Alan Irvine: “Leicester is a really tough place to go, anyone who goes there not in the right frame of mind will find it difficult.”

They Said – Nigel Pearson: “West Brom have a method to how they play and they've plenty of pace up top. We have to cope well in one-v-one situations.”

Most recent encounters at the King Power Stadium

Leicester 1 Albion 4 (26/10/10) League Cup

Leicester 1 Albion 2 (7/11/09) Championship

Leicester 1 Albion 2 (8/12/07) Championship

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