The Foxes must keep on going!

Last updated: March 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWLD
Away form: DWLWW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester City have never been so close to the title in a Premier League season. The Foxes are showing the needed consistency and now they need to keep up the great performance, in order to take advantage of being in front of their main opponents – Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hornets are amongst the pleasant surprises of this season. Watford are lying in 10th position with 37 points collected. They kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 games at Vicarage Road in all tournaments. In addition, Watford qualified for the quarter finals of The FA Cup, after beating Leeds United 1-0 at home.

Jamie Vardy just can’t stop scoring goals. The striker has already found the net 19 times in The Premier League. While Vardy continues to impress, Riyad Mahrez, who has scored 14 goals this season hasn’t found the net since 6th Feb. which is a real step back for the Algerian. It’s interesting that 33 of Leicester City’s 46 goals have been scored by Vardy and Mahrez, which just goes to show how dependant the The Foxes are on their key forwards form.

Team News

Jeffrey Schlupp has finally recovered from his injury. The Ghanaian has scored 1 goal in 15 appearances for Leicester City this season.

The Foxes’ key midfielder, N’Golo Kante has a hamstring problem. The 24-year-old Frenchman won’t be selected by Claudio Ranieri for the upcoming match.

Danny Simpson’s suspension has expired, so the right back will return to Ranieri’s starting eleven for the game against Watford.

Quique Sanchez Flores has no problems with injured players, so Watford’s manager can play his best against the leaders Leicester City.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “It was difficult to play against Bournemouth.”

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “It was just the goal that was missing but we created a lot of chances. We were a little unlucky but I am more confident than after the game against Norwich.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Britos, Nyom, Capoue, Jurado, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Prodl, Mario Suarez, Anya, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand.
Not available:
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.
Subs Gray, Wasilewski, Dyer, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Kante, James.
Not available:

So far this season

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Watford this season Leicester this season
10 League Position 1
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 8 (8)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 3-0 vs. Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (5)
5 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (4)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 2-5 to Arsenal
Ighalo (14) Top scorer Vardy (19)
Deeney (6) Assist Leader Mahrez (11)
Y50, R2 Discipline Y40, R1
9 Failures to score 3
9 Clean Sheets 9
11 Both Teams to Score Games 18
12 Over 2.5 Games 17
15 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Leicester City are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 Premier League matches. The Foxes lost only 3 (2 of these games were against Arsenal) Premiership matches this season.
  • Watford have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 league matches. The Hornets showed they depend too much on their striker Ighalo, who has recently been out of form.
  • The Foxes have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 5 games in all competitions. Leicester City won 4 of these matches. So, Claudio Ranieri can be happy with the form of his team.
  • Watford kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions in the team’s last 6 competitive games. The Hornets lost only once (0-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
07/11/15 The Premier League Leicester 2-1 Watford N. Kanté 52′
08/02/14 The Championship Leicester 2-2 Watford F. Forestieri 9′
02/11/13 The Championship Watford 0-3 Leicester C. 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′