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Alan Pardew in West Brom vow as he assesses sack prospects

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Kristopher Love | 12 March, 2018, 14:05

Little did Iheanacho realize that his goal against the Tigers would be the last he'd get in the Premier League until netting against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies are bottom in the table with 20 points, which puts them eight points behind the safety line.

"I have been through more hard times than this by the way at other clubs so I have been there".

Pardew's reign has also seen some dressing-room issues, highlighted by Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry and Boaz Myhill allegedly stealing a taxi while in Barcelona with the club last month. How they could do with a reliable goalscorer during the run-in. A decent string of results could have had them challenging Arsenal for sixth place, but they are eight points away from that lofty spot.

Earlier this season, both sides played a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

The Baggies have now lost six Premier League games in a row and dropped 21 points from winning positions this season.

The French manager has a near fully fit squad to choose from with Daniel Amartey and Shinji Okazaki the only doubts.

Leicester are favourites to win and they are available at their best odds of 31/20 at BetVictor.

Saturday's 4-1 loss to Leicester at The Hawthorns saw the pressure increase further on Pardew, who admitted after the match that he would not be surprised if he got the sack.

West Brom need to outscore Leicester and will have to start with an attacking unit.

After the break the home side responded to Pardew's rallying cry in the build-up but never troubled Leicester and they soon trailed. Overs is [2.32]. It's understandable that the low total is the shorter price but it wouldn't surprise me were this to breach the 2.5 goal mark.

The West Midlands club have maintained their top-flight status for the past seven seasons but are in danger of dropping down to the Championship if they do not arrest their slump.

His team came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Crystal Palace on Monday night to go two points ahead of third-place Liverpool, but in his pre-match press conference, the United boss claimed to still not fully grasp the rivalry between the two clubs.