Leicester City v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Leicester start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We fancy Leicester to win by more than one goal having achieved this in each of their home games against Watford in the past two seasons. Bet365 have priced the -1 goal handicap market at 21/20 and we feel this represents good value. Historically, this game has also been a combative affair and you can boost your overall value by backing over 3.5 cards at 5/6.

Second placed Leicester City welcome the Premier League’s bottom club Watford to the King Power Stadium and will be hoping to continue their march for a top four finish and possible title run. However Watford will be looking to crash the party and turn around a horror season in which they have seen two managers sacked. The players maybe fighting for their own futures and this could be the tonic for a potential upset come Wednesday night.

Leicester come into this game off the back of a thrilling win over Everton on the weekend. The Foxes were stunned when Richarlison headed the visitors ahead after a flowing move and struggled to break the Merseysiders down. But the introduction of Kelechi Iheanacho and a change of formation galvanised the team who were able to dominate midfield and start attacking the Everton backline. A sweeping move allowed Jamie Vardy to grab an equaliser before the amazing scenes in the last minute when Iheanacho scored only to be flagged offside by the linesman. A dramatic pause in play followed as VAR ruled on the goal and when it was overturned there were jubilant scenes as all the players ran towards the dugout to mob Iheanacho and manager Brendan Rodgers. Fans certainly will make comparisons to their title winning season under Claudio Ranieri and with the solid base in defence and the attacking prowess of Vardy, Perez, Maddison and Iheanacho, there is every chance they can maintain their push for a top four finish as well as a possible title tilt.

A dejected Watford come into this game having won just one of their last nine games. An impressive 2-0 away victory at Norwich was a false dawn as the team lost heavily to Burnley at home before being beaten by fellow strugglers Southampton. Watford have played well at times this season and should have gotten some points in games they have ended up losing but the players must be looking at themselves as the hierarchy have fired two managers since the start of the season. Javi Gracia lead one of their most successful Premier League campaigns last season culminating in an FA Cup final appearance but the downturn in fortunes has been remarkable for a team that has kept a large core of the team that performed so well last season. Hayden Mullins now takes over on temporary basis and he will need to pick the players up as they sit six points away from safety.

In team news Leicester City have not reported any fresh injury concerns as yet. After Iheanacho’s star turn as a substitute, he will certainly be pushing hard for a starting berth against the league’s bottom team. Dermarai Gray who was left out of the squad to face Everton could face the same fate this time around. Matt James is also set to miss out.

For Watford, Craig Dawson, Kiko Femenia, Tom Cleverley and Daryl Janmaat are all doubts or confirmed out for this one. Troy Deeney was on the bench against Southampton and Mullins will need to make a call on whether he risks his talismanic captain in order to start pushing results in the right direction.

In recent meetings these two have actually shared the spoils in the past three seasons, with each team winning at least one of the season’s fixtures. Leicester won this fixture at the King Power 2-0 last term courtesy of goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison with Watford getting their revenge in the return fixture 2-1 courtesy of Troy Deeney and a late Andre Gray goal.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Leicester start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We fancy Leicester to win by more than one goal having achieved this in each of their home games against Watford in the past two seasons. Bet365 have priced the -1 goal handicap market at 21/20 and we feel this represents good value. Historically, this game has also been a combative affair and you can boost your overall value by backing over 3.5 cards at 5/6.

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