The Foxes ‘to sting’ The Hornets?

Last updated: November 3, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLWDW
Away form: WWLDL
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester City proved that the team has one of the most balanced squads in The Premier League, winning a large number of points in the first quarter of the season; staking their claim to one of the top 4 places. In addition, The Foxes were defeated by Hull City in a penalty shoot out in The 16th juncture of The Capital One Cup and now they can concentrate on their performance in The Premiership.

Moreover, Leicester have lost only 2 of their last 13 home matches, which goes to show that The Foxes are performing really well at The King Power Stadium. They have won 9 of them, which is a really great record for the team, when last season they were fighting for their position in The Premier League.

The Hornets are playing pretty well for a newly promoted team. They proved they have enough classy players in their squad, who can influence the outcome of every single game. Deeney and Ighalo showed to be a great partnership in attack. Also, Watford look strong enough in defence. The team has conceded only one away defeat in The Premier League, proving The Hornets are competitive enough.

Team News

The Argentinian forward, Leonardo Ulloa, of Leicester is still not recovered from his injury and he won’t be among The Foxes squad for this match.

Matty James is expected to return to full training in January, so the midfielder can’t take part in the game against Watford.

Swedish international, Ekstrand, is still injured and can’t be included in the squad by Quique Sanchez Flores.

Ex Roma attacker, Victor Ibarbo, has recently recovered from his knee injury and is expected to take part in the match against Leicester City.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “The fans are the tomato – with no tomato there is no pizza.”

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “Odion Ighalo has big future at Watford.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, De Laet, King, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Schlupp.
Subs Okazaki, Dodoo, Benalouane, Dyer, Fuchs, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James, Ulloa
Not available:
Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Anya, Abdi, Behrami, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Diamanti, Layun, Watson, Dyer, Prodl, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.
Injured: Ekstrand
Not available:

Key Battle

Riyad Mahrez playing Riyad Mahrez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 (1) 799 7 3,2 5 5 1 0
Ighalo this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 (1) 874 7 3,2 2 3 1 0

So far this season

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Leicester this season Watford this season
3 League Position 11
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
4-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 2-0 vs. Stoke and West Ham
1 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (2)
1 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
2-5 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Vardy (11) Top scorer Ighalo (7)
Mahrez (5) Assist Leader Deeney (3)
Y23, R0 Discipline Y19, R1
0 Failures to score 5
1 Clean Sheets 5
10 Both Teams to Score Games 3
8 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • The last match between these two teams was two seasons ago in The Championship and finished with a 2-2 draw. The Foxes were happy to equalize in the last seconds of the game.
  • Watford have won only three games at The King Power Stadium. There has been 5 draws and 9 home victories.
  • Leicester City have recorded 3 victories, one draw and just 1 defeat at home. The Foxes were defeated 2-5 to Arsenal.
  • Jamie Vardy is the Premiership top goal-scorer after eleven rounds. The striker is even sought-after by Real (Madrid) and all the English greats.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/02/14 The Championship Leicester 2-2 Watford Forestieri 9′
02/11/13 The Championship Watford 0-3 Leicester Wood 10′
12/05/13 The Championship Watford 3-1 Leicester M. Vydra 15′
09/05/13 The Championship Leicester 1-0 Watford D. Nugent 82′
26/04/13 The Championship Leicester 1-2 Watford Deeney 41′