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Oct 16, 2017 at 8pm UK at ​King Power Stadium
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LeicesterLeicester City
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
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Live Commentary: Leicester City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion - as it happened

Relive Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion as Riyad Mahrez's late strike rescues a point for the struggling Foxes at the King Power Stadium.
Live Commentary: Leicester 1-1 West Brom - as it happened
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Leicester City missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone this evening courtesy of a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium.

The Baggies took the lead shortly after the hour mark when Nacer Chadli's free kick left Kasper Schmeichel rooted to the spot for his first goal of the season.

Riyad Mahrez also opened his own account with 10 minutes remaining to ensure that the spoils were shared, though, leaving both teams without a victory in six games.

Find out how all of the action unfolded courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.

Good evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for this Premier League clash between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium!

Both sides come into this one looking to end a five-match winless streak in the league, with Leicester in particular desperate for victory having slipped into the relegation zone.

Before we take an in-depth look at both sides, though, let's first check out the team news...

LEICESTER STARTING XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy

LEICESTER SUBS: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Slimani, Okazaki

WEST BROM STARTING XI: Myhill; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs; Krychowiak, Barry, Livermore; Rodriguez, Chadli, Rondon

WEST BROM SUBS: Palmer, Nyom, Yacob, Phillips, Brunt, McClean, McAuley

What can we make of those two sides, then?

Well, the headline news as far as Leicester are concerned is a starting role for Jamie Vardy, despite the striker missing the recent international break due to a hip problem. Craig Shakespeare revealed last week that the England international has now fully recovered from his injury, and sure enough he starts up front tonight having scored in three of his last five league games against the Baggies - although none of those goals came on home soil.

Jamie Vardy reacts to missing a shot during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea on September 9, 2017© Offside

There is more good news for the hosts in the form of Riyad Mahrez returning to the starting XI, with the Algerian one of three changes made by Shakespeare from the team that drew with Bournemouth before the international break.

Mahrez replaces Demarai Gray in the side as Gray drops to the bench alongside Okazaki and King, while Iborra and Iheanacho join Mahrez in coming into the starting lineup.

Ben Chilwell only makes the bench once again despite overcoming a minor injury concern, but there is a start for Wilfred Ndidi, who had also been a doubt for this game due to injury.

Ndidi starts in midfield alongside Iborra and Albrighton, and it looks as though Leicester could opt for a 4-3-3 formation this evening. The personnel could also play in a 4-4-2 formation too, though, so there is some flexibility there for Leicester.

Huth and James remain Leicester's only injury absentees, which means that Shakespeare is able to name an unchanged defence for tonight's game.

Maguire, Morgan and Fuchs all start once again, while it is a particularly notable occasion for Simpson as he makes his 100th appearance for the club. Schmeichel, as ever, tends the goal for the Foxes.

As for the Baggies, they are able to welcome Nacer Chadli back into the starting lineup with the former Tottenham man having overcome a back injury to feature tonight.

Chadli replaces Matty Phillips in the side this evening, with the latter one of three players to lose their place from the team that started against Watford before the international break.

Ben Foster is one of those players, with the goalkeeper picking up a knee injury late on to rule himself out of the game. Boaz Myhill comes into the starting lineup in his place, and West Brom will be hoping that Foster's injury is nothing serious.

Elsewhere there is also a return to the starting lineup for Jake Livermore, who replaces Brunt in the team.

It is a defensive-looking midfield selected by Tony Pulis tonight, with Barry, Livermore and Krychowiak all first and foremost defence-minded players.

That perhaps gives us a good idea of how West Brom will set themselves out for this one, although in Rodriguez, Chadli and Rondon the Baggies have three players capable of snapping up any chances the visitors may create.

Rondon was a minor doubt for this match having only joined back up with the squad on Saturday following an international break which saw him represent Venezuela, but he has recovered sufficiently to lead the line from the start tonight.

At the other end of the field, Pulis is able to name an unchanged backline of Dawson, Hegazi, Evans and Gibbs, with Evans wearing the armband despite Pulis admitting last week that he has been affected by the transfer talk during the summer.

Neither of these two teams are in particularly good form heading into tonight's match and there is no overwhelming favourite to come away with all three points this evening, but Leicester will nonetheless fancy their chances in front of their own fans.

Victory for Craig Shakespeare would make things look a lot better for the Foxes as far as the league table is concerned - they currently sit in the relegation zone and are three points from safety, but a win could lift them up to 13th.

Shakespeare made a really bright start to his Leicester managerial career, but things have slowed down of late with just one win from his last 10 Premier League matches with him at the helm.

In contrast, Shakespeare won seven of his first 10 games as a manager, so this latest run of form - which includes three draws and six defeats - represents a significant downturn in form for Leicester.

Shakespeare's job hasn't really been called into question yet, which is perhaps surprising considering Leicester head into this match without a win in their last five Premier League outings.

Of course, managers should have longer than a five-game spell before they start coming under real pressure, but considering they sacked title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri the last time they went six league games without a win, it is perhaps a little surprising that there haven't been louder calls for him to be sacked.

In fairness to Leicester, they haven't had the easiest of starts to the season. They may have only won one match in the league during the current campaign, but each of those defeats have come against a team that finished last season in the top five.

Leicester are also still in the EFL Cup having beaten Liverpool to progress in that competition, but their solitary league win of the campaign came back on August 19 when they bet Brighton 2-0.

Leicester's tally of five points from seven games is the club's joint-lowest after seven games of a Premier League campaign, and the omens do not look good for them when considering the past times that has happened.

Leicester have gone on to be relegated in all three of the seasons in which they had previously amassed only five points from their opening seven games.

If they are to avoid the same fate this season - just a couple of years after winning the title - then they will need more from these home games.

No team has picked up fewer points in front of their own fans in the Premier League so far this season, with Leicester having only amassed three points at the King Power Stadium. With Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham to come in their next three home games too, tonight may be the best opportunity they have for some time to improve that record.

Indeed, Leicester will have hosted five of last season's top seven in the Premier League before December, so it has certainly been a difficult start for the Foxes.

Nonetheless, a record of just one win from their last five Premier League home games stretching back into last season is still not good enough, and defeat tonight would make it three on the bounce in front of their own fans for the first time since December 2014.

It seems like a good time to play Leicester here at the King Power, then, and West Brom will move back into the top half of the table if they are to take advantage of that tonight.

The Baggies currently sit 11th after the weekend's results, with four points separating them from Leicester in the relegation zone. Victory for Albion tonight would leave them ninth in the table.

West Brom's own form has tailed off in recent months, though, with the Baggies failing to build on a bright start to the season which saw them begin with three consecutive wins across all competitions.

Pulis's side have not won since August 22, though, and their most recent Premier League victory came three days before that - almost two months ago.

In all competitions it is now six games without a win for West Brom, drawing three and losing three of those and picking up just three points from the last 15 on offer in the Premier League.

It is their goalscoring - or lack thereof - which will be just as big a concern for Pulis, with West Brom having scored just 10 times in 16 Premier League games since the start of April.

Of course, such a statistic is nothing new for a Tony Pulis side, with the Welshman having seen his teams scored just 316 goals in his 317 matches as a Premier League manager.

You don't need me to tell you that that is an average of less than a goal per game, and of all the managers to have taken charge of at least 150 Premier League games Pulis has the worst goals-per-game ratio.

West Brom's record on the road is particularly poor, with just one away Premier League win from their 12 such outings so far this calendar year - a run which also includes seven defeats.

That solitary victory came at Burnley in their first away game of this season, but since then they have lost at Brighton and Arsenal, and another defeat tonight would make it three on the bounce for the first time since May 2014.

When goals do come for West Brom, they tend to come from set pieces and under Tony Pulis the Baggies have scored a league-high 46 goals from set-piece situations, not including penalties.

That at least goes some way towards making up for the lack of spot kicks they are awarded - you have to go back 40 league fixtures since West Brom's last penalty, which is the longest current run in the division.

It is situations like set pieces which could end up having the biggest impact tonight, with neither of these two sides exactly possession-based sides.

Leicester have averaged just 38% of the ball in their matches so far this season, which is the second-lowest tally in the division behind only West Brom, who have averaged 36% possession. Neither of these two teams have seen more than 50% of the ball in any of their seven fixtures to date this term.

PREDICTION! Right, we're 10 minutes away from kickoff at the King Power Stadium, which means that it is time for a prediction!

This one should be a closely-fought contest this evening, and with neither side in great form a draw is probably the most likely result. However, Leicester have the home advantage and, while that hasn't counted for much so far this season, I am backing a narrow home victory.

SPORTS MOLE SAYS: Leicester 1-0 West Brom

Should that be the case then it would represent West Brom's first ever defeat at the King Power Stadium, with two wins and a draw from their three previous Premier League visits.

Incredibly, Leicester's most recent home win over the Baggies came back in January 1994 when they ran out 4-2 winners in a second-tier match at Filbert Street.

The corresponding fixture last term ended in a 2-1 win for West Brom as goals from Morrison and Phillips either side of a Slimani strike earned the points in November of last year.

The most recent contest between the two also resulted in an away win - the Leicester at The Hawthorns as Vardy scored the only goal of the game. That was the 100th league meeting between the two teams, with West Brom having won 46 to Leicester's 33 in that time.

Leicester haven't won any of their last eight home games against the Baggies, losing six of those, but in the Premier League the Foxes have won three meetings compared to two for West Brom home or away.

The Baggies have also scored in 17 successive top-flight visits to Leicester, last failing to do so in September 1962.

Right, we're just moments away from kickoff at the King Power. A reminder of the team news before we get started...

LEICESTER STARTING XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy

WEST BROM STARTING XI: Myhill; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs; Krychowiak, Barry, Livermore; Rodriguez, Chadli, Rondon

KICKOFF: Leicester get us underway at the King Power!

Neat link-up play between Rodriguez and Rondon on the edge of the box as they exchange a couple of quick passes, but Maguire steps in to put an end to that and stop the attack in its tracks.

Leicester have their first chance to test the West Brom defence from a set piece as Hegazi brings down Vardy on the left flank. Good crossing position for the hosts here...

The ball is put into a decent area and Krychowiak is involved in a wrestling match before nodding the ball clear from almost underneath his own crossbar.

YELLOW CARD! Vardy is causing Hegazi problems already, and the West Brom defender picks up an early booking for fending the striker off.

This time Mahrez sends the resulting free kick into the box, and it is such an inviting delivery. It bounces right across the face of goal, but no Leicester players can get a touch.

Almost a chance for West Brom as Simpson gives the ball away in a dangerous area, allowing Gibbs to stand a cross up into the middle. It is just too high for Rondon, and Rodriguez cannot react in time to take it in his stride.

This could be a long night for Hegazi. Leicester - and in particular Vardy - is giving him no time on the ball whatsoever and with that yellow card against him he needs to tread carefully.

Leicester are seeing more of the ball, as you would expect from the home side. Still no major chances to speak of for either side, but it is as fiercely contested as you might expect from these two teams.

CHANCE! West Brom are starting to get a bit of joy down the left flank, and Chadli has a half-chance via that avenue here. Gibbs is the creator again, picking out Chadli just outside the area, but the midfielder does not catch his volley right.

A decent spell of possession for Leicester comes to an end with a misplaced pass from Iborra as the hosts continue to struggle to find a way past the Baggies. West Brom are well organised at the moment.

Leicester have seen 60% of the ball in this match so far, which is not what they will be used to. Leicester can be so dangerous on the counter-attack, but they are not being given that opportunity tonight.

Better from Leicester as Ndidi and Mahrez link up well down the right flank to get forward. Ndidi's eventual cross is behind Vardy, but they upped the tempo then and looked more like breaking this West Brom team down as a result.

Tony Pulis will be pretty happy with what he has seen from his side so far. They have remained disciplined and difficult to break down, and have also created the game's best chance at the other end too.

Pulis clearly had concerns over Hegazi following his early yellow card as he has swapped Evans and Hegazi at centre-back now, meaning that Vardy is coming up against Evans more often.

Not much action to speak of in the last few minutes. The game is all being played in the middle third right now and neither side look particularly dangerous in possession.

There is nothing easy for either side tonight. There have been plenty of tackles flying in and I suspect Mike Dean has not gone to his book for the last time tonight.

More promising from Leicester as Mahrez weaves his way into a dangerous position before poking the ball out to Albrighton, but his cross is blocked and the second is overhit.

A full-blooded challenge from Dawson leaves Fuchs in a bad way on the floor. Dawson got the ball, but his follow through caught Fuchs on the shin and he also connected with his arm to the face.

SAVE! Finally a save! It is a good one too, as this strike from Simpson was really travelling. The ball broke to the full-back inside the area and he blasts a thunderous effort towards goal, but Myhill reacts well to push it away.

Mahrez is beginning to have a growing influence on this match, and it is no surprise that Leicester are looking more threatening as a result. Promising signs for the hosts in these last few minutes.

West Brom have nine outfield players behind the ball while Leicester have it, leaving only Rondon upfield. They clearly feel that a draw would be a decent result here.

SHOT! West Brom win the ball back and look to hit Leicester on the break, but the latest attack comes to an end when Krychowiak blasts a long-range strike well off target.

CHANCE! Almost a chance out of nothing for Leicester, but Hegazi deals with it well in the end. Simpson's cross is met by Iborra, whose mis-hit volley bounces up into a dangerous area. Vardy looks to meet it with a close-range header, but the last touch comes off Hegazi for a corner.

This hasn't been the best half of football we will see this season, it must be said. It has been physical and hard-fought, but there hasn't been a great deal of quality on the ball.

Leicester are getting closer! A low ball from Albrighton goes right across the face of goal, but once again there is no-one there to tuck it in.

There will be one added minute at the end of this first half.

HALF TIME: Leicester 0-0 West Brom

The first half comes to an end at the King Power Stadium, and it hasn't been a great match so far.

We have only had the one shot on target at either end, and clear chances have been very tough to come by. It is clear that both of these two teams are lacking in form and confidence, but hopefully there will be more to shout about in the second half.

That sole shot on target arrived from an unlikely source, with Danny Simpson arriving late into the box and unleashing a thunderous strike towards goal which Myhill did well to turn away.

Aside from that there really isn't much to talk about in terms of goalmouth action. Vardy has put one half-chance over the bar from close range, while at the other end Chadli as missed an effort from outside the area.

There have been some tasty challenges flying in from both sets of players, and that proved to be a theme of that first half.

It was an opening 45 minutes which saw Leicester see the majority of the ball, but West Brom were happy to let them have it and try to hit them on the break. Tony Pulis will probably be the happier of the two manages as things stand, but Shakespeare will hope to see his side create more in the coming 45 minutes.

KICKOFF: West Brom get us back underway for the second half.

YELLOW CARD! Less than 20 seconds in to the second half and we already have a bigger talking point than the entire first half! An underhit backpass from Hegazi allows Vardy to steal in behind the defence and beat Myhill to the ball. The two collide right on the edge of the box, but Mike Dean deems a free kick and yellow card as punishment enough.

CHANCE! The resulting free kick is flicked on to the back post, where Maguire uses his strength to shrug off his marker and steer a header towards the near post which needs to be put behind.

That could have been a red card for Myhill - I've certainly seen them given. Mike Dean opted for leniency, and it is probably the right decision, but a red card would have been entirely understandable too. Myhill's genuine attempt to get the ball was his saving grace then.

CHANCE! Huge chance for Leicester to break the deadlock! Vardy flicks the ball into the path of Albrighton, who reaches the byline before prodding a pass across to Mahrez. The winger simply has to score on his stronger left foot, but he leans back and blazes his effort over the top. What a chance.

Myhill is still feeling the effects from that collision with Vardy and he may not be able to carry on here. This would be a big blow for a West Brom side already without their first choice.

There has been more action in the opening 10 minutes of this second half as in the whole of the first half. Leicester have come out flying, but they need to take advantage of that by getting on the scoresheet.

Rondon and Morgan go shoulder to shoulder twice in quick succession, with the Leicester keeper even throwing a couple of Zidane turns into the mix as well. There is a bit of an edge to this game now!

Myhill is trying to solider on here, but he is clearly not comfortable out there. Pulis is considering the change, but Myhill doesn't want to go off.

Rodriguez whips an enticing ball across the face of goal, but Simpson does enough to clear it. The defender is needed again shortly afterwards, this time knocking Dawson's delivery behind for a corner.

YELLOW CARD! Iheanacho is the latest name in the book for a late challenge on Krychowiak. Quite a harsh one that.

GOAL! Leicester 0-1 West Brom (Nacer Chadli)

First blood goes to West Brom, who have made the most of a spell on top to take the lead here.

It is a goal of real quality, out of context for much of the game as Chadli scores a stunning free kick from 30 yards. Schmeichel was unsighted and expected the ball to go on the goalkeeper's side, and by the time he realised his mistake it was too late. It will have to go down as a goalkeeping mistake, but take nothing away from Chadli's strike.

That is such a blow for Leicester, who must now try to break down a West Brom team with something to defend. The Foxes have struggled to find a way past their visitors already tonight, and their task has only got tougher now.

As you might expect, Leicester are playing with a lot of urgency now. Still no sign of any changes from Shakespeare, though, which is surprising considering how this game has gone. Okazaki could make an impact here.

YELLOW CARD! Albrighton goes into the book for a cynical challenge on Dawson following a poor throw out by Schmeichel.

Leicester knock on the door with a few crosses into the box in quick succession, but the linesman's flag is raised to ease some of the pressure on West Brom.

Just over 15 minutes remaining in this one now, and still West Brom are looking sturdy and solid. This would be a very good victory if they can hold on, and a perfectly executed game plan too.

LEICESTER SUBS: Double change from Shakespeare as Ben Chilwell and Islam Slimani replace Simpson and Iheanacho. That will see Leicester go to three at the back.

Having just seen a replay of that Chadli free kick again - it may have been something to do with the swirling wind inside the King Power Stadium that made things more difficult for Schmeichel. He was expecting it to swing back towards him, but it stayed on its path and slammed into the back of the net.

SHOT! Ndidi looks to provide an equaliser, but he doesn't catch his long-range effort anywhere near as well as he can, dragging a tame strike wide of the target.

GOAL! Leicester 1-1 West Brom (Riyad Mahrez)

Mahrez redeems himself for missing that sitter earlier! This one is a really tidy finish too, and a timely way to get your first league goal of the season.

A deep cross from the left is knocked back to Mahrez from Slimani, but the winger still has a lot to do. He chests the ball past one player before tucking his subsequent shot into the bottom corner.

SAVE! Leicester can smell blood here! Maguire tries his luck this time with a powerful strike from distance, and Myhill is content with parrying it away in the difficult wind.

WEST BROM SUB: It is West Brom's turn to make a double change this time as James McClean and Gareth McAuley replace Rodriguez and Chadli.

Leicester are looking the most likely to go on and get a winner right now. A draw would probably be a fair result in truth, but Leicester do not want to settle for that.

This second half has certainly been a better watch than the first. The opening 45 minutes was one of the worst you will see this season, but this second half has been a really hard-fought contest.

There will be five added minutes at the end of this match.

Almost a chance for McClean as it all opens up for the visitors. Barry threads his pass through to the winger, but his first touch is poor and allows Chilwell the chance to get across and make the block. He should have done more with that.

LEICESTER SUB: A late third and final change for the hosts sees Andy King replace Iborra.

FULL TIME: Leicester 1-1 West Brom

Mike Dean blows for full time at the King Power Stadium, and it is honours even between Leicester and West Brom as they play out a 1-1 draw.

Two moments of quality really made the difference tonight, with Nacer Chadli's free kick giving West Brom a lead before Riyad Mahrez rescued a point for the hosts with his first league goal of the season 10 minutes from time. Still six games without a win for both teams, but a draw was a fair result this evening.

Right, that is all we have time for this evening!

Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for tonight's match as Leicester and West Brom share the spoils with a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reaction too.

From me, though, it is goodbye for now!

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