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Albion hit with major blow as key players ruled out of Leicester clash

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Leicester City prepares to meet play-off hopes West Bromwich Albion this weekend in a must-win fixture.

Southampton are on edge after Enzo Maresca’s team defeated Preston North End convincingly last night.

It’s now a four-horse battle for the automatic promotion berths, and Leicester need to get back on track following two consecutive defeats.

The Foxes are second, one point ahead of Leeds United and four ahead of Southampton, leaving little space for error in the final stretch.

Three victories from their next four games will be enough to secure automatic promotion, and they’ll face a West Brom team without their best scorer.

Brandon Thomas-Asante ruled out of Leicester City clash

Brandon Thomas-Asante has 12 goals this season and is West Brom’s leading scorer; nevertheless, he will miss this weekend’s game.

The 25-year-old attacker received a second yellow card in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland and will serve a one-game suspension.

Thomas-Asante was a handful in the rematch with City, which ended 2-1 when Harry Winks scored a stunning stoppage-time winner.

Josh Maja, who scored against the Foxes in December, is expected to come in and make an impression after starting only one league game this season.

The visitors will also be without crucial players Daryl Dike and Jayson Molumby, who are still recovering from injuries.

Enzo Maresca must be willing to use his substitutes v West Bromwich Albion

Carlos Coberan’s side has the league’s third-best defensive record, trailing only Leeds United and Leicester.

So it’s likely to be a close game this weekend, with a late goal needed to separate the two teams.

Having said that, Maresca must make full use of his substitutes bench, since the game might be won or lost on the touchline.

Fans have chastised the Italian head coach for not making changes sooner, and he cannot afford to make the same mistake on Saturday against one of the division’s greatest managers.

With such a great group at his disposal, the Foxes manager should not be afraid to put in players like Tom Cannon and Kelechi Iheanacho, who haven’t played much recently.

 

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