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Posted Fri 31 Oct 14

Match Preview: Leicester City vs. West Brom

Read a full match preview of the Barclays Premier League game between Leicester City and West Brom at King Power Stadium on Saturday 1 November.
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Leicester City are yet to be beaten at King Power Stadium this Barclays Premier League season and will look to their fine home form for inspiration against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

The Foxes continue their search for a third win of the 2014/15 campaign after a Wilfried Bony brace fired Swansea City to a 2-0 win over Nigel Pearson’s men last time out.

But City will be buoyed by the news that long-serving midfielder Andy King committed his future to the Club on Wednesday after signing a new four-year deal to keep him at Leicester until 2018.

Ben Hamer is the only new addition to Pearson’s injury list after the shot-stopper broke his finger in training last week while Matt Upson (foot) and Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) are also out.
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West Bromwich Albion sit four places above City in 13th position, having registered two wins and four draws so far this season.

The Baggies salvaged a late point against Crystal Palace in their last Premier League fixture after coming from two down to draw 2-2 after Saido Berahino scored a penalty in injury time.

After being knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat to Championship side Bournemouth, Alan Irvine’s men are now winless in four games in all competitions.

West Brom have just two absentees through injury for Saturday’s clash, with Jonas Olsson (calf/shin) and Silvestre Varela (groin) set to miss out.
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Speaking to Foxes Player after the defeat to Swansea, manager Nigel Pearson said: “We didn’t manage the ball well enough today. That’s really the root cause of today’s problems.

“We were sloppy in possession, and as an attacking force, even though we’ve got an attack-minded formation, we were unable to utilise that because we just did not use the ball well enough in all areas – from back-to-front.

“We wanted to be positive today, but it makes it more difficult when you’re having to defend for long periods because we kept giving it back to them. That was disappointing today.

“The goals weren’t particularly good goals to concede, and the danger is to focus on the goals you concede. Ultimately what we didn’t do as a creative force is show the quality that we’re capable of, and it’s important that the players reflect on that.”
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After the draw with Crystal Palace, West Brom boss Alan Irvine told wba.co.uk: “I was angry in the first half and they did see another side to me (at half-time). It was a reaction that doesn't come out very often but I felt had to.

"We go into every game with a game plan - what we do with the ball, what we do without the ball. With the ball we didnt do what we'd worked on.

"Victor (Anichebe) made a difference. We thought we might need him - we spoke about it before the game - and that was the case.

"He wasn't ready to start the game but he was fresh enough to make an impact and he did. He came on earlier than we planned but it was a case of needs must. He made a difference."
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Head to head record (all competitions):

City: 32
Draws: 21
West Brom: 49

Last three meetings:

City 1-4 West Brom
League Cup
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Goals: Shorey o.g. 53; Cox 21, 90, Tchoyi 62, Reid 79

West Brom 3-0 City
Championship
Friday 2 April 2010
Goals: Morrison 38, Koren 45, 85

City 1-2 West Brom
Championship
Saturday 7 November 2009
Goals: Berner 90; Dorrans 37, Jara 40
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Forward Saido Berahino has struck a rich vein of form in the early stages of the season after netting eight times in 12 appearances for his side.

The 21-year-old has been at the Club for a decade after rising through West Brom’s academy and cementing himself a place in this year’s first team.

Spending time on loan at Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United, Berahino has represented England from Under-16 level all the way up to the Under-21s.

With seven Premier League goals already this season, Berahino will certainly bring the best out of the City defence when his side visits King Power Stadium on Saturday.
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