Leicester City vs Watford Prediction – Expect Hornets to Sting Foxes at 13/2
[fcrp_feat_sc sc_id=”6680″] Leicester City vs Watford – The King Power Stadium – January 20, 2018 – 15:00 hrs – Premier League preview
After one of the best starts ever to a Premier league season which saw them break into the top four in mid-October, Watford's fortunes have just spiralled downwards since then. Post-November, they have stumbled from one defeat to another. They have won in just one of their eight previous games and losing in six.
The ultimate humiliation came in the form of a 1-2 defeat. It was at the hands of bottom-placed Swansea City in late December.
The 2-2 draw against Southampton at home at Vicarage Road on Sunday could be described as their best performance in a long, long, time. Watford showed fighting qualities after coming back from a 0-2 deficit to equalize against Southampton. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gray came to the fore with goals in that game and will be expected along with the likes of forwards Richarlison and Troy Deeney to turn things around when they face Leicester City at the King Power stadium on Saturday.
The Hornets will have to polish their finishing skills. Large amounts of possession in the past have got them nowhere. Against a Leicester defense that was stoic and so difficult to break down at the Stamford Bridge last weekend, goals for Marco Silva's men will be hard to come by.
On the other hand, Leicester City have shown great attacking enterprise of late. This is surprising coming for a team managed by the very defensive-minded Claude Puel.
Riyad Mahrez has been superb both in the mid-field and wings and even fetched himself a few goals in recent games. He's been equally well-supported by England hopeful Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton in the mid-field.
It's only up to Jamie Vardy to regain his form as far as finishing skills go to put Leicester further up than the 8th spot they are in, currently. Harry Maguire has been sensational at the back but will miss the services of his aggressive colleague, Ben Chilwell, sent off in the Chelsea match after being red-carded.
Clude Puel will probably stick to the same 4-4-1-1 formation he did against Chelsea with a packed mid-field and defence with Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy as the two strikers. Demarai Gray who didn't feature in the Chelsea clash could well find his way into the starting XI in place of Okazaki on Saturday.
Leicester's progress in the last month or so hasn't been satisfactory with them having to suffer three losses and register just a solitary win from their previous six outings.
As far as the history between these is concerned, all five encounters have produced results with Leicester winning three and Watford two. The Hornets’ last visit to the King Power stadium in May last year had ended in a 0-3 thrashing. Bookies are not exactly expecting a repeat of that score-line, but surely a win for Leicester.