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

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Monday, March 16, 2020


Punter's Pick

The home side will look to get after Leicester just as they did against Liverpool in their last home fixture, and with the away side potentially crippled by injury and illness Watford look generously priced at 2/1 to take all three points with Betfair.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Robert Pereyra have not hit the goalscoring heights of last season, but both are more than capable of finding the net and are priced 11/1 and 10/1 respectively with Bet365 to score first on Saturday, either or both could be worth a small punt.

The weekend Premier League fixtures kicks off in theory with a fixture between Watford and Leicester City, a game shrouded in doubt due to the ongoing situation around coronavirus.

Key fixture for both sides despite uncertainty

If the match is confirmed as going ahead, both sides will be desperate for three points for different reasons – Leicester to cement their position in the top three and move a step closer to the Champions League, whilst Watford could climb out of the relegation places. With the spectre of the season grinding to a halt due to ongoing fears about the spread of coronavirus, and so far unfounded rumours that things could even be called off (much to the concern of Liverpool fans), both teams will be keen to bag the points in case something dramatic happens in the days ahead.

Leicester back to winning ways at last

After a winless run of five games, including back to back losses, Leicester fans were just beginning to feel the pinch, with the gap between the Foxes and the chasing pack for a Champions League spot beginning to narrow. However a resounding 4-0 win at home to an increasingly looking doomed Aston Villa side has given Brendan Rodgers’ side some much needed breathing space, with a eight point cushion going into the last nine games of the season. The game was also notable for talisman Jamie Vardy ending his look goal scoring drought, as the prolific marksman bagged a brace to end a barren run that dated back to December last year.

Watford fail to build on Liverpool win

Whilst rightly basking in the glory of an incredible 3-0 win against champions elect Liverpool in their last home fixture, the Hornets looked well off the pace in the 1-0 defeat to London rivals Crystal Palace last weekend. That performance was more a throwback to earlier in the season, as they lacked the energy, drive and cutting edge that was so evident in the ruthless display against the Reds. With Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all still to come, Nigel Pearson’s side have one of the more difficult conclusions to the season compared to their fellow relegation strugglers, and will do well to reach safety from this point onward.

Team News

Leicester have three unnamed players self-isolating under coronavirus protocols, so the make-up of their side is difficult to predict should the match still go ahead. Full-back Ricardo Pereira has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will not play again until next season, but fellow full back Ben Chilwell is fit to take his place again. Influential midfielder

James Maddison is out with a calf problem.

Watford full-back Daryl Janmaat could make his first start since November after recovering from a serious knee injury, although manager Nigel Pearson may give the starting XI against Crystal Palace a chance to redeem themselves and make no changes.

Watford to take advantage of Leicester misfortune?

If the match does indeed go ahead, Leicester will be severely weakened with key personnel missing through injury already and up to three more players missing with coronavirus related issues. The Foxes have quite a lean squad already, so this represents a golden opportunity for Watford to turn in another eye catching home performance as per the Liverpool game and claim a valuable three points in their battle against the drop.

Punter's Pick

The home side will look to get after Leicester just as they did against Liverpool in their last home fixture, and with the away side potentially crippled by injury and illness Watford look generously priced at 2/1 to take all three points with Betfair.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Robert Pereyra have not hit the goalscoring heights of last season, but both are more than capable of finding the net and are priced 11/1 and 10/1 respectively with Bet365 to score first on Saturday, either or both could be worth a small punt.

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