West Bromwich Albion have returned to the top flight and begin their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Slaven Bilic has experience of the Premier League, having previously taken charge of West Ham, and will hope his Baggies side can regain some form after somewhat stuttering over the line at the end of their promotion-winning season from the Championship.
They can consider themselves a little fortunate that chasers Brentford also began to fall at the final hurdle, because they weren’t in especially good form post-lockdown: 10 sides in the division registered more points after the hiatus, and they failed to win each of their last four matches.
The Croatian boss will have hoped the comparative lack of pressure in a season-opener, and a chance to recharge their batteries will have done his side some good. In spite of their poor ending to last season, there can be few arguments that they didn’t deserve it, having spent almost the entirety of the campaign in the top two alongside Leeds United.
Leicester, meanwhile, will also have looked to recalibrate over the summer, having occupied the top four spots until the penultimate weekend, but ultimately cost themselves the chance to play Champions League football with a severe drop off in form in 2020.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes would be 12th in a league table since the turn of the calendar year, and 16th post-lockdown, winning just two of nine games after the hiatus.
But Leicester will be confident of their chances here. They’ve only lost one of their last six meetings with West Brom, and won their last clash 1-4 at the Hawthorns back in March 2018. Five of those last six meetings have featured both teams scoring.
We recommend backing Leicester to win here, but also both teams to score. That’s priced at 11/4 with Paddy Power.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Leicester to win and both teams to score - 11/4