West Brom v Leicester preview: Jonny Evans a doubt for rock-bottom hosts
Last Updated: 10/03/18 7:54am
West Brom are seeking to end a six-game losing run when they host Leicester at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Alan Pardew's side have lost every match they've played since the FA Cup win over Liverpool on January 27, including damaging defeats to relegation rivals Huddersfield and Southampton, leaving them eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.
However, the West Brom boss insists they still have time to turn things around.
"The situation can change very, very quickly," said Pardew. "You only have to see Swansea's recent recovery, where a win came at the right time, and then you can push on. We, hopefully, will have that happen to us."
Jonny Evans is a doubt for West Brom through illness and could miss the game, along with Gareth Barry (knee).
Nacer Chadli (hip) is closing in on a return while Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is still likely to miss the next two games.
James Morrison (Achilles) remains out for at least another month but Hal Robson-Kanu is available.
Leicester will be without Daniel Amartey for the foreseeable future. The versatile Ghanaian is set for a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury against Bournemouth. Danny Simpson, who was not even among the substitutes against the Cherries last weekend, is expected to return in his place and resume at right-back.
Striker Shinji Okazaki is available after recovering from the knee problem which saw him miss four matches.
Leicester boss Claude Puel insists there is no problem with Danny Simpson after he dropped the defender last weekend.
- The home side has never previously won in the seven Premier League meetings between these sides, with five away wins and two draws.
- Indeed, it's most played fixture in Premier League history that hasn't seen a single win for the home side.
- The Baggies have lost their last five Premier League games - they were last on a longer losing run in league competition between February and April 2003 (seven games), in a season that saw them relegated.
- West Brom have dropped a league-high 18 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, while gaining just one point from behind in return.
- Leicester are winless in five Premier League matches (D3 L2), scoring exactly once in each of these games.
- West Brom would be 13 points better off if Premier League games finished at half-time this season.
- Jamie Vardy has scored on all three of his Premier League visits to the Hawthorns, with all of these goals being the winning goal of the game.
I've said it for the last three weeks that if they lose this you can turn the lights out, but if West Brom lose this one you really can turn the lights out. The problem with West Brom, is all the other teams are playing each other. If one of them wins, they're not really gaining anything.
I think they'll win it though. Leicester have a big game next week in the FA Cup, I've seen them for the past couple of weeks. They can't get relegated, they're not getting in the top six, it's all about next weekend. They're stuck in a weird position in the league, I think they've taken their foot off the gas a bit and are waiting for the quarter-final. I think West Brom could take advantage of that.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with SkyBet)