Craig Shakespeare turned Leicester City’s fortunes around last season, managing them to the Champions League quarter-finals following the dreadful defence of their Premier League title that saw Claudio Ranieri sacked. They ended up 12th despite a relegation scare in the first-half of the campaign, though their manager now needs another upturn in performances and results if he is to stay in the hot seat long-term.
City have had a very slow start to the season. After narrowly losing to Arsenal in what was an excellent showing on matchday one, the Foxes went on to beat newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in what remains their sole win of the season in the league. In the League Cup they have beaten Sheffield United and Liverpool, but with just five points from seven matches they are 18th and in the relegation zone.
Given that three of the four sides above them all picked up points this weekend, it is imperative that Leicester do not lose on Monday night. A win will take them up to 13th and go some way towards rebooting their campaign.
In West Bromwich Albion they are encountering opponents that have similarly not won in their past five Premier League games. Tony Pulis is renowned for keeping his sides away from the relegation zone, and few would bet against him doing so again – particularly after adding the experience and quality of Grzegorz Krychowiak in the summer, and keeping hold of Jonny Evans who was wanted by Manchester City.
Pulis’ side began with consecutive 1-0 wins over Bournemouth and Burnley, but since then have struggled, scoring just four times and losing to Brighton to put them in 11th ahead of their eighth game. That is just one position lower than they finished in 2017/18, but three points at the King Power Stadium would see them overtake Newcastle United into ninth.
Given that they have scored just six times, the Baggies will need a major improvement in front of goal. Tipbet rate them at 4.25 to come out with all three points, or 3.45 for a draw. Leicester are the favourites and can be backed at 1.95 to get just their second victory. There are 102 markets in total for this fixture, all of which can be viewed at Tipbet’s website.