West Brom travel to Leicester in the Premier League on Thursday.
West Bromwich Albion boss Sam Allardyce says his side are approaching Thursday’s trip to Leicester confidently as they look to maintain their must-win attitude in the Premier League survival scrap (West Brom 5/1, Leicester 4/7, draw 3/1 – Premier League Match Betting).
The Baggies have given themselves a fighting chance of getting out of trouble at the bottom of the Premier League thanks to successive wins over Chelsea and Southampton.
They remain nine points adrift of 17th place, although they do have a game in hand on Burnley who currently occupy that position, and Allardyce is hopeful his side can continue their much-improved form against the Foxes.
“Three points at Leicester on Thursday would keep us still very much in the picture of being able to stay in the Premier League,” he said on the club’s website.
“As hard as the task appears, we must believe we can move forward in a positive direction against Leicester.”
Allardyce has certainly got Albion going in recent weeks as his side looked doomed for the drop when he took over in December but they have picked up plenty of valuable points to aid their unlikely survival bid.
They take on a Leicester side who sit third but two league defeats on the spin for Brendan Rodgers’ side means they are now looking over their shoulder at the top-four chasing pack with Chelsea and West Ham a point behind and Liverpool and Spurs just three adrift.
Allardyce is well aware West Brom face a difficult test at the King Power Stadium but he has been buoyed by their displays at Stamford Bridge and at home to the Saints as they approach what looks to be another must-win encounter (10/11 – Both teams to score).
He added: Leicester are performing brilliantly this season. We know they quality they have, but we also knew the quality Chelsea and Southampton had and we overcame them both.
“You can see that the lads are enjoying their football more and more. They are enjoying their football more because we have started to win games and play well at the same time.”
On-loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles has returned to training this week following an ankle injury and could feature for the visitors, while Kyle Bartley is also fit again after a thigh strain.
For Leicester, full-back Ricardo Pereira is available after a calf injury but James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Wes Morgan remain out.