The Foxes must keep on going!
Last updated: March 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|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.
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
Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “It was difficult to play against Bournemouth.”
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.”
|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.|
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.|
|Subs||Gray, Wasilewski, Dyer, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler|
So far this season
|Watford this season||Leicester this season|
|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|
|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′|