Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: Vicarage Road – Saturday, March 5 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Leicester City 7/5

Match Preview

Watford host Premier League leaders Leicester City on Saturday evening, in a crucial fixture for the visitors at the top of the table.

Leicester could be behind Tottenham by the time this one kicks off, so the Foxes will be looking for all three points in what looks a tough game.

Watford have struggled in recent weeks, having picked up just one league win in their last five, and have fallen out of the top half as a result. But they are a tough side to break down and are only three points from getting back into the top ten, which is testament to how solid they’ve been this season.

Quique Sanchez Flores’s side come into this one off the back of the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday night. They were unlucky to lose that match late on but home comforts will increase their chances of success this time around.

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Striking duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have mustered up just one goal at home since the turn of the year. So they need to find their feet if Watford are to recapture their form during the final stretch of the campaign.

Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw with West Brom on Tuesday night, which at the time didn’t seem great, but results on Wednesday suggest the point was certainly a valuable one, as their title rivals failed to deliver. Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost and so the Foxes remain at the top of the table heading into the weekend.

Leicester are able to solely focus on the league as they are out of the FA Cup and have no European commitments. They have five more games to play away from home, with tricky trips to Chelsea and Manchester United still to come.

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They do, however, have the best away record in the top flight and will hope to keep that intact with three points on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy is still the league’s top scorer and would love to find the net against Watford again just as in did in the corresponding fixture, which saw the Foxes win 2-1 at the King Power Stadium in November.

Team News

Watford look set to be without Jose Manuel Jurado, Joel Ekstrand and Tommy Hoban as all three are injured. Nathan Ake will hope to return at left-back after missing the defeat at United on Wednesday.

Leicester City will continue to be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal three weeks ago. Andy King is expected to deputise as he did against West Brom. Matty James is also out. Shinji Okazaki will hope to start ahead of Leonardo Ulloa once more.

Key Points

Watford’s last five:  D/L/W/D/L

Leicester City’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Key Stat: Watford have only lost at home to Leicester once in seven games at Vicarage Road.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Hornets captain will be out to inflict damage on a title-chasing Leicester side here. He scored the vital goal in the incredible 2013 playoff semifinal clash between the two and would love to be the man to hurt the Foxes again. Deeney could even get himself into the England national team picture with Wayne Rooney injured.

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Score Prediction 

Watford 1-1 Leicester City – This will be a tough game for title-chasing Leicester as Watford are a tough nut to crack and often shut out opponents very well. The Foxes might need a moment of magic to seal three points but it’s too tight to call, so a score draw is the most likely result.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Watford

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, December 26 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Watford 13/2

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day in the Premier League, a team they know have the ability to cause them problems in this troublesome time for the club.

The home side picked up a much needed three points last weekend against Sunderland but the same problems continued to show, as they conceded a number of good opportunities to the away side.

The atmosphere surrounding the club and in the stadium is poisonous at the moment, the best thing Chelsea fans can do is get behind the team here and they will be hoping for a win in Guus Hiddink’s first game in charge in his second spell at the club.

The fans are clearly unhappy with Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack José Mourinho and vented their frustration during last weekends win. Every game is a must win for Chelsea at the moment, but this is going to be a tough task.

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Watford will come to Stamford Bridge full of confidence. Their impressive 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend is nothing more than they deserve.

The strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo is proving to be too much to handle for most clubs and they will look to get a Chelsea defence with no confidence.

Watford have won their last four games on the bounce and will be very satisfied with their position of seventh in the Premier League.

This could be a historic result for the Hornets and we expect them to maintain their professional outlook to the game despite how well they have been performing of late.

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Team News

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao remain the only notable players who could miss out.

Watford will be without Nathan Ake, who is unavailable for selection against his parent club, Sebastian Prodl is a doubt, while Joel Ekstrand, Tommy Hoban and Rene Gilmartin all look set to miss out.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Watford’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Form – Watford have won their last four on the bounce including the destruction of Liverpool last weekend, they’ll be up for this one.

Key Player: Odion Ighalo – Watford’s goal machine has already netted 12 this season and will be looking to cause trouble to the shaky Chelsea defence.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Watford – Given Chelsea’s struggles a draw is a result they couldn’t have too many complaints about against heading into this tie against an inform Watford side full of confidence. The fans will expect a win and will certainly be on top of their under-performing stars once again.