Watford x Leicester City, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Saturday, 5th March 2016. Kickoff: 17:30 GMT
Leicester City look to grab all three points when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Quique Sánchez Flores’ Watford were unlucky in their 1-0 defeat against Manchester United with their top striker Odion Ighalo squandering a number of scoring chances. The Hornets will start the match at 12th in the table with 37 points and are comfortably far away from the relegation zone.
The Foxes were held to a 2-2 draw at their home by West Brom in the weekend, but fortunately extended their lead as Tottenham and Arsenal lost their corresponding fixtures. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will be well aware that these are the kind of matches they should be winning if they have to finish off their fairy tale run with the Premier League title at the end of the season.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Watford have lost 6 of their last 11 matches, they have managed 2 win and 3 draws during that time. Four out of their last five league games have seen under 1.5 goals and Watford failed to score in all of those games. Watford are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league with 29 goals so far, out of which Ighalo and Deeney contributed 22.
Their last two home matches were 0-0 stalemates, came against Chelsea and Bournemouth, stretching to a 3 match unbeaten run along with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace. And that’s the only win in their last 5 home matches, the rest of which being defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham.
Leicester City have kept a clean sheet in 5 consecutive away games in the premier league before West Brom scored two against them on Tuesday. They have only lost once in 14 away games this season; against Arsenal on September 2015. They have won 3 and drawn 3 in their last 6 away matches in the league.
Watford: Team News
Jose Manuel Jurado and Tommie Hoban are sidelined through injury, while Joel Ekstrand is short of fitness as Watford prepares to host Leicester.
Nathan Ake and Craig Cathcart could be in-line for a start after missing the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, replacing Sebastian Prodl and Jose Holebas.
Watford: Predicted Starting Line-up
Gomes- Ake, Britos, Carthcart, Nyom – Amrabat, Capoue, Watson, Abdi – Ighalo, Deeney.
Leicester City: Team News
N’Golo Kante and Matty James are injured for Leicester City and head coach Claudio Ranieri has no further injury concerns. The Italian could field the same starting eleven he named in the 2-2 draw against West Brom on Tuesday night.
Leicester City: Predicted Starting Line-up
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson – Albrighton, King, Drinkwater, Mahrez – Vardy, Okazaki.
Watford vs Leicester City: Head-to-Head Stats
Leicester City have won three of the last five league meetings against Watford. At the same time, Watford have won in 4 out of the last 5 home matches against the Foxes and the last 6 home matches have seen over 2.5 goals.
Their last meeting at Watford resulted in a 3-0 Leicester victory, when both teams were in the Championship during 2013-14 season.
Watford vs Leicester City: Prediction
Watford are disappointing since the beginning of the year and they have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 matches. Leicester look sharper like ever and were unlucky not to win against West Brom. They could pile further misery on the Hornets and may benefit from the result of Arsenal vs Tottenham.
And Jamie Vardy is just one goal short of reaching 20 goals this season and back him to score anytime.