The Foxes’ forfeit 20 EPL goal run
West Bromwich Albion end Leicester’s proud 20 EPL unbeaten home run
West Bromwich caused a shudder to Leicester’s title charge on their last visit to the King Power Stadium and Tony Pulis was at it again to inflict a damaging 2-1 defeat in an entirely different context.
Leicester’s proud record of 20 Premier League games unbeaten at home is gone, wrestled away by goals from James Morrison and Matt Phillips. Leicester’s Islam Slimani was the Leicester goal scorer.
The Black Country club’s Scotland international pair will hope for simi- lar success at Wembley on Friday.
Phillips is not in the current squad but that reflects on Gordon Strachan rather than the West Brom winger.
Claudio Ranieri’s team slip behind their vanquishers in the table and are now only two points above the relegation zone.
Nobody expects Leicester to be engaged in a scrap for survival come May but then again the same was said about their challenge for supremacy this time last November.
West Brom were good value for victory, with Pulis once again drilling his players supremely. He did likewise in March when a 2-2 draw looked to have derailed Leicester’s title ambitions only for their nearest challengers to slip up the following evening. Pulis went one better under the floodlights this time, managing what the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool failed to do over the past 14 months and beat Ranieri’s side.
Arsenal were the last to come away from Leicester victorious, winning on September 26, 2015. That was a result that forced Ranieri to alter his approach and this fragmented performance may do similar.
Jamie Vardy started on the bench for the second time in as many Premier League home games, with Ranieri reinstating Islam Slimani immediately after his short injury lay-off.
But it was West Brom who stepped up a gear and after camping in Leicester’s third went ahead.
Leicester City’s Ron-Robert Zieler in action against West Bromwich Albion.