Thursday evening noticed an essential recreation at each ends of the desk at The King Energy as third-placed Leicester Metropolis took on second-bottom West Brom, let’s learn how it went…
Leicester Metropolis 3 West Bromwich Albion 0
The Foxes type has stumbled a bit within the Premier League, and two defeats on the bounce have seen their top-four probabilities come below severe menace from the groups under them, while West Brom has in distinction received their final two within the league however nonetheless have 9 factors to make up on fourth-bottom Burnley, and with a way more inferior objective distinction too, they actually wanted ten, though even when they did win on this one survival was nonetheless an outdoor guess.
The Foxes have been buoyed although after they reached the FA Cup last final weekend with a slender win over Southampton at Wembley, so might they take this confidence into tonight’s recreation in opposition to The Baggies? It was simply as essential for Leicester to seize the factors right here as they’re solely three factors above seventh-placed Liverpool, so three factors would ease their fears of dropping out of the highest 4 for now not less than, and so they are not looking for a repeat of final season when simply that occurred after a poor finish to their marketing campaign.
Leicester made two modifications from the facet that received that cup semi-final on the weekend, James Maddison was again, which was a lift for the hosts, while Luke Thomas was in for full-back Ricardo Pereira, whereas West Brom was unchanged from the facet who mauled Southampton final outing, that means Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kyle Bartley made the facet regardless of doubts after harm considerations, so excellent news for the guests.
Who would strike first, effectively Kelechi Iheanacho ought to have given Leicester a third-minute lead after pinching the ball of Connor Townsend to stride by on objective, however a poor contact allowed Sam Johnstone to slender the angle and finally save, while West Brom noticed an effort from Mbaye Diagne effectively blocked moments later, however halfway by the half Leicester struck…
A stunning go from Youri Tielemans launched Timothy Castagne whose ball throughout discovered Jamie Vardy who ended his latest objective drought by placing residence from sixteen yards out, after which two minutes after that it was two because the guests switched off as a nook from Tielemans got here off Matty Phillips and straight into the trail of Jonny Evans who powered residence a header on the again put up, and Leicester was now in whole management.
Castagne then thumped an effort once more the put up as Leicester went near a 3rd, after which West Brom virtually discovered a route again in when Matheus Periera’s nook got here off the highest of the bar, however The Foxes did then make it three 9 minutes earlier than the break when Thomas performed Vardy down the left and he beat his man and charged into the field earlier than laying in strike associate Iheanacho who took a contact and fired residence, it had been scientific from Leicester and so they have been having fun with themselves right here.
It ought to have been 4 as effectively earlier than the break when a beautiful transfer involving Maddison, Thomas and Castagne noticed the latter discover Iheanacho within the center and he took an exquisite contact to set the ball in entrance of him however might over blast over, however the hosts have been inflicting the Baggies defence, which had been odd at greatest, numerous issues, and the guests had one hell of a mountain to climb within the second interval, one which was just about not possible in truth, Leicester had been excellent.
It was apparent what the guests thought too, they introduced on centre half Semi Ajayi for the second half and went three on the again to attempt to certain up their backline and ensure this wasn’t going to be embarrassing, objective distinction wasn’t on West Brom’s facet, however that they had proven no combat on this one in what was a really disappointing efficiency from a facet supposedly preventing for survival.
The Foxes naturally didn’t hit the highs of the primary half the place they have been excellent, however they didn’t must fairly frankly and cruised by the second interval in whole consolation and strolled to the factors to solidify their place in third and improve their champions league probabilities too, for West Brom it seems bleak now, as bleak as tonight’s efficiency, and so they now want a miracle to remain within the Premier League with the ‘Nice Escape’ trying unlikely now.