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Watford vs Leicester prediction: Watford 2-2 Leicester
Watford welcome Leicester City to Vicarage Road for Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.
Historically, this fixture has favoured the home side with the last seven matches all ending in a home win. This includes when they met earlier this season at the King Power Stadium; a match won 2-0 by Leicester.
The Foxes’ victory over Watford was their seventh in an eight-match winning run. Leicester have only won three of thirteen Premier League matches since this winning run came to an end.
For Watford, the match came just days before the appointment of Nigel Pearson as manager of the club. He is Watford’s third manager so far this season, following in the footsteps of Javi Gracia and Quique Sánchez Flores.
Watford vs Leicester: Who will win?
The Hornets won each of the last three home matches in this head-to-head by a 2-1 score-line. They also have won four of their last six home matches in the league. This sees Watford start the match at 2-1 to pick up all three points this Saturday.
A draw between these two sides in the Premier League feels long overdue. The only draw between them in the Premier League was at Vicarage Road over twenty years ago. Therefore, the odds of 5/2 for this statistical anomaly to come to an end could prove good value.
Leicester typically struggle at Vicarage Road, where they have won just four out of their nineteen visits here. They also come into the match in poor away form, picking up just one point from a possible nine on their travels. Despite this, the Foxes start the match as the 5/4 favourites to bring all three points back to Leicester.
Watford vs Leicester: Who will score?
Troy Deeney is Watford’s top scorer this season with six league goals. He scored the opening goal when these sides last met here in March 2019. Deeney is 11/2 to grab the opening goal once again on Saturday. Or you can get odds of 7/4 on him adding to his four career goals against Leicester at any time during the match.
Ismaila Sarr was in scintillating form in his last match at Vicarage Road. He scored two before creating the third in a 3-0 win over run-away league leaders Liverpool. This took the Senegalese international up to five Premier League goals this season. Sarr is 7/1 to keep his good form going by opening the scoring once again on Saturday. Or odds of 9/4 are available for the 22-year old forward to score at any time.
Jamie Vardy missed Leicester’s recent matches against Norwich City and Birmingham City due to a low-grade calf strain. He was only fit enough to start on the bench for Monday Night Football against Aston Villa. However, Vardy scored his first goals of 2020 from the bench as he grabbed a brace in his brief cameo. This sees the 31-year old start the match as the favourite to find the net at evens. Or you can back Vardy at 10/3 to score the game’s opening goal.
Watford vs Leicester: Match preview
Leicester were at a season-high point when they defeated Watford 2-0 at the King Power Stadium earlier this season.
They were averaging 2.4 points per game over the course of the season and were being mentioned as genuine title challengers to Liverpool, who they trailed by eight points.
However, the Foxes have been playing at relegation-battling form since mid-December. They have picked up just fifteen points from thirteen games. This would equate to a forty-four-point season over thirty-eight games.
There are signs they could be turning their poor form around through. Leicester have won each of their last two matches, including a confidence-building 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on Monday.
The concern for the Foxes will be their away form with their last away win in the league being against Newcastle on New Year’s Day.
Watford vs Leicester: A look at the visitors
In contrast, Watford’s form has gone in the other direction since falling to a 2-0 defeat in Leicester. They have been performing as a top-half side, picking up nineteen points from fourteen matches. This form over a full 38-game season would net the Hornets fifty-two points; enough to finish 9th place last season.
Their overall results since Nigel Pearson was appointed manager have been positive. Although, their most recent form will be a cause for concern that this was merely the famed ‘new manager bounce’.
Watford have picked up just one win in their last seven matches. In fairness though, it was a fantastic win as they hammered runaway league leaders Liverpool 3-0.
Fans of the Hornets know if that same Watford side shows up, they should move clear of the relegation zone with a win. However, if they perform anything like last weekend at Palace, they could find themselves in the bottom three once again come Monday morning.
Watford team news vs Leicester
Daryl Janmaat hasn’t featured for Watford since mid-November due to a knee injury. Nigel Pearson confirmed that he is making really good progress following knee surgery. He is expected to feature for the Watford U23 side to build up match fitness over the coming weeks.
Pearson has also confirmed that Gerard Deulofeu has an ACL injury. Therefore, he will likely be ruled out until 2021 for Watford.
Watford otherwise have a clean bill of health for their clash with Leicester. After a poor performance and result at Crystal Palace, Pearson could ring the changes here.
José Holebas, Craig Dawson, Adrian Mariappa, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Andre Gray and Danny Welbeck are the mostly likely candidates to earn a recall to the starting XI.
Predicted Watford team vs Leicester
Leicester team news vs Watford
UPDATE: Leicester’s plans for this match have been thrown into chaos.
Ricardo Perreira has been ruled out for the season due to a knee ligament injury.
In addition, Brendan Rodgers confirmed that three of his Leicester players are in self isolation due to suspected Corona Virus.
If this game goes ahead, Leicester could be severely weakened…
Daniel Amartey remains ruled out with an ankle injury. He is yet to feature for Leicester this season.
Ben Chilwell missed the 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa due to a slight twinge of his hamstring. He is touch and go to be available for the visit to Watford. James Justin will continue to deputise for Chilwell should he fail to get fit in time for Saturday.
Jamie Vardy was only fit enough to offer thirty minutes from the bench on Monday evening. He managed to bag two goals for Leicester though in his half-hour cameo. Vardy is expected to start on Saturday as he chases down his twentieth Premier League goal of the season.
Predicted Leicester team vs Watford
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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