Leicester restart their quest for a Champions League spot with a tricky trip away to Watford. The Hornets are floating above the drop zone on goal difference and are in much need of a win to push for survival.
Watford have beaten Leicester at home in the previous three encounters, but will they see off the Foxes on Saturday?
Watford vs Leicester – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick-Off Time: 12.30 BST
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be live on BT Sports. Subscribers can also tune in on the go via the mobile site, or app.
Watford vs Leicester – The Form Guide
Watford’s only win in their last six Premier League games was that unforgettable 3-0 win over Liverpool. Many thought that that would act as a catalyst for the remainder of the season, but that has yet to be seen.
The Hornets have 27 points from 29 games and sit 17th in the table joint with West Ham and Bournemouth. Furthermore, they are only two points above 19th placed Aston Villa.
Leicester ended a poor run of two losses and two draws with a 4-0 hammering of Aston Villa before the season was brought to a halt. The Foxes boast the league’s top scorer in Jamie Vardy and are the league’s third top scorers behind Man City and Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers's side started the campaign at a blistering pace so have a comfortable five-point lead over Chelsea in fourth. However, the chasing pack are gaining momentum and the Foxes will need to shoot out of the traps to guarantee a European spot.
What is the Team News?
Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu are both ruled out with injury for Nigel Pearsons side.
Troy Deeney has returned to training and will likely lead the line for Watford. His presence will be a real boost for the entire squad.
Despite the long lay-off, right-back Ricardo Pereira won’t play again this season for Leicester.
Rodgers should have no other injury concerns heading into this one.
Watford line-up: Foster, Masina, Cathcart, Kiko, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deeney, Sarr.
Leicester line-up: Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Perez, Praet, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.
Watford vs Leicester Latest Odds*
Unsurprisingly, Watford start as outsiders. They are available to back at 23/10 (3.3) with William Hill. Leicester are 23/20 (2.15), while the draw is 5/2 (3.5) with William Hill.
Despite not being favourites, the Hornets have a good home record under Pearson. In fact, only Liverpool have won more points at home than Watford since his appointment.
So, if you fancy an upset – 23/10 (3.3) could be considered decent value.
Watford vs Leicester Score Prediction
The Foxes have found the net 25 times on the road this season, only two shy of Watford’s total number. Jamie Vardy seems to be a man on a mission and currently tops the Premier League scoring charts. Because of this, we expect the Foxes to find the net.
In saying that, Watford are in a relegation scrap where every point counts. We expect them to have a sting in their tail and they will need to attack. Therefore, we also fancy them to score.
Watford have won by a 2-1 scoreline in the last three matches at Vicarage Road between the sides. We fancy this again, but in Leicester’s favour.
Watford vs Leicester Tip
It’s difficult to know what the fitness level of each side is, but both have plenty to play for. Watford have arguably more at stake, and we expect them to come all-out attack. The issue is that Leicester have the players to punish on the counter.
Going on the form before the season was stopped, Leicester were the stronger and so we’re going to give the nod to them.
*odds correct at time of writing
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are Leicester playing on their first game back?
Q: Is Troy Deeney going to play for Watford?
A: Yes. The captain returned to training when lockdown restrictions were lifted.
Q: Where are Leicester in the league?
A: Third on 53 points.