After two seasons of Championship drudgery, the Baggies are back in the top tier of English football and will get their campaign underway with a televised match against Leicester City at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.
A lot of parallels can be drawn between the two sides’ 2019/20 seasons: both teams were flying high in their respective divisions, playing eye-catching football and securing impressive results before their form slumped in 2020.
Leicester, unlike Albion, eventually fell short of their end of season expectations and dropped out of the top four for the first time since mid-September as the Champions League cruelly evaded them.
Bilić will be eager to get an early home victory under his belt but Leicester definitely travel to the West Midlands as favourites. They have won four out of the eight Premier League fixtures between the sides and all four of their victories have come at The Hawthorns.
Both sides are barely recognisable since their last meeting in March of 2018 where Leicester ran wild in a 4-1 victory, but what can we expect from both sides in their first competitive games of the season?
We’ll break down each sides’ off-season, transfer activity and analyse how the Foxes and Baggies will line up on Sunday in order to preview Albion’s chances of kicking off their 2020/21 season with a dream opening day win.