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Sport Three things we learned: Leicester – West Brom

02:00  23 april  2021
02:00  23 april  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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West Brom – Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa’s side jumped on the Baggies early and often as they handed out a 5-0 drubbing at The Hawthorns on Tuesday. [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]. The victory sends Leeds up to 10th in the Premier League table, once again in the West Brom managed to keep the score at 1-0 until the half-hour mark, at which point the floodgates opened and things began to get away from them. Ezgjan Alioski smashed a stunning left-footed strike off the inside of the far post to make it 2-0 in the 31st minute, bringing with the goal a feeling of overwhelming inevitability and finality.

West Bromwich Albion’s return to the Premier League started with a demoralising 3 -0 home defeat to Leicester City. The first half was largely a neat and tidy affair without too many moments of magic in the final thirds, with Harvey Barnes missing the two best chances for the Foxes. After the break, though, top-flight quality appeared to show more and more, with Leicester taking complete control. Timothy Castagne headed the opener on his debut, with Jamie Vardy later netting a late brace of penalties. Here are five things we learned from the game at the Hawthorns. Baggies back…but not with a bang.

Leicester City stormed out of the gates to score three first-half goals and beat West Brom 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

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The victory keeps Leicester on the top-four path for UEFA Champions League qualification, while West Brom simply sprint many steps closer to their inevitable relegation.

3 things we learned: Leicester – West Brom

1. Foxes tear into Championship-bound Baggies: Both of the following statements are true: 1) Leicester could not have looked any better, anymore dominant or complete; 2) West Brom could not have looked any worse, any less interested or engaged. Leicester is the only one of the two teams still with anything left to play for, and that fact showed from the opening whistle on Thursday. Having lost back-to-back Premier League games and watched as Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool creeped to within striking distance of knocking Leicester out of the top-four, the Foxes put their foot down and said, “We don’t let this slip [anymore],” much to the chagrin of manager Brendan Rodgers.

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West Brom – Brighton was a wild, controversy-filled encounter at the Hawthorns as it was packed with drama. [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]. Kyle Bartley’s early header was enough to seal a huge win for West Brom , but that hardly told the story. Brighton missed two penalty kicks, missed numerous chances and had a free kick controversially ruled out in one of the most bizarre passages of play in Premier Three things we learned . 1. VAR shambles steals the show: Referee Lee Mason blew his whistle for a free kick, which Brighton captain Lewis Dunk took quickly and scored. Straightforward?

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2. Leicester’s Vardy succession plan in place: At some point in the not-so-distant future, Leicester are going to have to move on from, and replace, the 34-year-old Vardy. It’s easy to forget he’s in his mid-30s because he got a late “start” to his career at this level, but he’s been on a fairly steady decline of output for a couple years now, which was a terrifying prospect for Leicester because they hadn’t landed his long-term (or short-, for that matter) successor. Turns out, they had, but he was still working out some considerable kinks. Iheanacho scored again on Thursday to make it 11 goals in his last eight games. The best part for Leicester? He’s getting goals, and making contributions, in every way imaginable. Iheanacho has been a more complete striker than Vardy since the day he arrived at the club from Manchester City in 2017, but he’s been nowhere as consistent or reliable as the striker 10 years his senior. The latter has shifted in recent weeks, to the point it’s a feel-good story when Vardy — not Iheanacho — is one of the many goal-scorers in a rout.

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FT: Leicester 3 -0 West Brom - Vardy opens scoring before Evans and Iheanacho on target. Leicester 's Jonny Evans talking to BT Sport: "It was a good first-half performance. When you go 3 -0 up it is going to be difficult for West Brom . " We learned from last year how easy points gaps can be eaten up.

West Brom – Fulham: Matheus Pereira and West Bromwich Albion were let down by defending, again, as Fulham scored late to draw the Baggies 2-2 at the Hawthorns on Saturday. One point was not the goal for either Sam Allardyce’s West Brom nor Scott Parker’s Fulham. 1. Pereira is West Brom ’s hope: Matheus Pereira’s adaptation to the Premier League was always going to be a huge part of West Brom ’s chances to stay in the Premier League and he’s found his footing for sure. The 24-year-old Brazilian winger now has four goals in four games and was unlucky not to register an assist on his

3. Maybe Leicester learned their lesson: When the 2019-20 Premier League season shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leicester sat 3rd in the table with only nine games left to play and eight points between themselves and 5th place. Somehow, they threw it all away and finished 5th despite clearly being one of the four best sides in the league a year ago. Before losing to Man City and West Ham, the Foxes sat 3rd with nine games left to play and seven points between themselves and 5th. Thursday’s win over West Brom couldn’t have broken that mini-slump at a better time.

Iheanacho should have opened the scoring 150 seconds into the game, when he was through one-on-one with Sam Johnstone thanks to a terrible turnover at midfield. Alas, one bad touch at the wrong time gave Johnstone the chance to make himself bigger and eventually usher the threat away.

It wouldn’t be the last time that blue shirts converged on the West Brom penalty area, though, and in the 23rd minute it resulted in the game’s opening goal. Timothy Castagne was played in behind a failed offside trap, and that gave Vardy acres of unobstructed space to run into as Castagne immediately picked him out near the edge of the box. The first-time finish wasn’t as easy as Vardy made it look.

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Leicester 3 -0 West Brom - Vardy opens scoring before Evans and Iheanacho on target. Foxes in third place, three points above sixth. Baggies are nine points adrift of safety. "It's not gone, that's the sad thing . These guys have been plotting for many years. The big boys are trying to get more of the pot."

Three things we learned . 1. Maddison steps up in Vardy’s absence: We all know who Leicester ’s talisman is, but Jamie Vardy has been missing and James Maddison is stepping up. Big time. He grabbed the assists on both of their goals as everything the Foxes did went through the England international. Along with West Brom and Sheffield United, they are in real danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table. They have won twice all season long, and now is the time for Parker to let his players run free as they have a run of four winnable games which look like being pivotal.

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Three minutes later, Jonny Evans headed home a loose ball in the box after West Brom failed to clear a corner kick.

The pressure didn’t stop there. 10 minutes later, Vardy turned provider as he danced past and nutmegged a defender down the left side of the box before picking out Iheanacho near the penalty spot. Iheanacho took his chance, with the aid of a deflection, to put the game to bed long before halftime.

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