West Brom will host Leicester City in their first match of their return to the Premier League.
The Baggies finished runners-up to Leeds in the Championship last term, while the visitors lost out on a place in the Champions League to Manchester United on the final day of the campaign.
🧩 West Brom vs Leicester City key details
- 🗓 13 September 2020
- 🏟 The Hawthorns
- ⌚️ 16:00 kickoff (EAT)
🏟 Match Context
West Brom return to the Premier League this season after two years of Championship football, though somewhat understandably, Slaven Bilic’s side are among the bookies’ favorites to drop out of the top tier at the first time of asking.
Albion collected an impressive 83 points to secure the second automatic promotion place behind Leeds in the Championship last term, though the Baggies return of just three wins from their last 11 fixtures saw them limp over the line and suggested that their players' ability to cope with pressure was limited.
Leicester City were denied a spot in the Premier League’s top four on the final day of last season when they were beaten at home by Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United.
The final day loss was a fitting full stop to what had proved a miserable end to the campaign for the Foxes, who won just four of their last 17 fixtures in a collapse caused by a massive drop off in form.
It’s easy to forget just how formidable an outfit Brendan Rodgers’ team were in the first half of the 2019/20 season, however, and with talented young players like Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, and Demarai Gray battle-hardened after a year of ups and downs, Leicester look better equipped to maintain their consistency this term.
🔑 Key stats
- West Bromwich Albion have now achieved their fifth promotion to the Premier League (PL) – more than any other club – but if they wish to stay up they must improve on the league-high 26 points they dropped from winning positions during their last top-flight campaign.
- The Premier League newcomers will have to improve on their draw-rate too, after picking up 17 draws in the second-tier last term.
- Leicester City have won their last four Premier League trips to The Hawthorns.
- The visitors ended the previous campaign on a disappointing eight-game winless away run (D3, L5), despite starting as favorites in four of those fixtures.
- Only one team conceded a higher percentage of their goals from set-pieces than West Brom (44.44%) last Championship season.
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