The Foxes, who fell just short of a Champions League spot as mentioned above, are poised to compete for a Top 6 spot again. Leicester sold star left back Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, but was able to replace him with Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne.
West Brom vs Leicester Team News
Conor Townsend and Kenneth Zohore both failed late fitness tests due to respective ankle and calf injuries.
Christian Fuchs and Ricardo Pereira are injured and Wes Morgan and James Maddison are also out, while Johnny Evans serves the first match of his three-game suspension for the red card he picked up on the final day of last season.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Castagne, Mendy, Perez, Praet, Tielemans, Barnes, Vardy
Leicester and its fifth-place finish were driven by its offense, which averaged 1.61 xG per match. The Foxes bring back all of their attackers — including Jamie Vardy — who won the league’s Golden Boot last season after bagging 23 goals.
Brenden Rodgers’ men usually play out of a 4-1-4-1 formation, which is uncommon in modern-day football. The formation’s success is reliant on passing triangles forming around the pitch, especially out wide. When working effectively, the five-man front can overwhelm the opponent’s back line, creating a lot of 5-on-4 situations.
West Brom XI: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs, Costa Pereira, Livermore, Sawyers, Diangana, Robinson
The Foxes found a lot of success last season with that approach, boasting a +9.96 xGD, when playing out of that 4-1-4-1 formation. Leicester should be able to create a ton of high-quality chances against a team that will likely be in the relegation fight all season long.
Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England
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Leicester adalah lawan berat yang harus dihadapi West Brom.
Tim berjuluk The Foxes tersebut selalu tampil apik di Liga Inggris sejak memenangkan kompetisi beberapa tahun yang lalu.
Leicester memang sempat meredum di akhir musim Liga Inggris 2019-2020.
Jeda istirahat karena pandemi menjadi faktor terbesar turunnya performa Vardy dan kawan-kawannya saat itu.
Kepindahan Ben Chilwell ke Chelsea meninggalkan lubang yang cukup berarti bagi The Foxes.