Premier League: Watford vs Leicester City preview

League leaders Leicester City will be trying to consolidate their position when they visit newly-promoted Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Foxes have suffered a setback on Tuesday but the other title contenders also fumbled in midweek. Watford have secured just one win out of the last five matches against Leicester. That win was a crucial one though, as it put the Hornets through to the Championship playoff final back in 2013. Leicester have never lost to Watford in the Premier League though, this season's reverse fixture was won 2-1 by the Foxes.

Watford have done a solid job this season, they are 13 points clear of the relegation zone and it looks like they will have a quiet end to the season, avoiding relegation from the Premier League for the first time in their history. They also have an FA Cup quarter-final to enjoy, so we can safely say that they play against Leicester with nothing to lose. Their recent form has not been great though, they have won just two matches out of eleven since Christmas, and went goalless in four of their last five league matches. Joel Ekstrand, Jose Jurado, Rene Gilmartin and Tommie Hoban remain sidelined, but there are no fresh injury concerns for Quique Flores.

Leicester were held to a 2-2 draw at home by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, it seemed that their lead over the Premier League table could come to an end. The next day Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost, giving the Foxes an extra point to their cushion at the top of the table. They are now three points clear of Tottenham, six above Arsenal and 10 ahead Man City, who have a game in hand though. They have lost just two of their last 17 away matches in the Premier League. N'Golo Kante is out with a hamstring injury.

Probable line-ups:

Watford: Gomes - Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Holebas - Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Capoue - Deeney, Ighalo

Leicester: Schmeichel - Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs - Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton - Okazaki, Vardy

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Watford win - 3.00
Draw - 3.40
Leicester win - 2.50

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Leicester City made another huge step to what was considered for impossible before the start of the season. It all just looks perfect for them whole season long, they playing the best football in the league, leading 5 points in the standings and not any sign of a tension in the team so far. This is the big question for me will they be too tense in the end when the title is almost reality, that would be the only thing that could fail them I think but I like to think that this won't be a factor.

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