West Brom will be looking to continue their excellent run against Leicester and Sam Allardyce could make two changes to the side that beat Southampton 3-0.

One of those could be forced as captain Kyle Bartley may be missing due to an injury.

The centre-back was forced off with a calf strain against the Saints and did not appear to take part in training this week [West Brom Twitter].

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That is a blow, as Bartley has been “outstanding” in recent weeks according to Garth Crooks [BBC].

Another injury concern, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, did appear in training thankfully, and we expect he will start once again after impressing last time out.

He will likely be joined by Conor Gallagher in midfield, who missed out on a start in our previous two matches.

The Chelsea loanee was given 20 minutes against Southampton and we think Big Sam will start him against Leicester to counter the threat of James Maddison.

A midfield trio of Maitland-Niles, Gallagher and Okay Yokuslu will limit the space available to the Foxes, thus reducing the number of chances for Jamie Vardy and the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho.

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Keeping a clean sheet will be at the top of Big Sam’s agenda, as Brendan Rodgers’ side have 11 goals in their last five league games.

We were defensively sound against Southampton and Chelsea, too, which gave us the platform we needed to express ourselves in attack.

Albion finally seem to have found the right balance between attack and defence and the players are brimming with confidence, so big changes are not needed.

Semi Ajayi held his own against Chelsea so should deputise well for Bartley, while we expect Matheus Pereira to be picked instead of Matt Phillips on the right flank.

Here is our predicted XI vs Leicester.

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