Preview - Watford vs Leicester City 03 March 19

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Match Day 29
Watford vs. Leicester City
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
20:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: L D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Troy Deeney (7)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.21
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (9)

It's eighth versus eleventh on Match Day 29 in the Premier League as Watford look to continue what has been an excellent campaign to date with a win in this home clash with Leicester City, for whom Brendan Rodgers takes charge for the first time.

Leicester came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when winning 2-0 at the King Power earlier in the season. It was Watford who took the points in this game last season though with a 2-1 success.

Watford are very healthy at present and have no confirmed absentees ahead of this game. Leicester will have to make do without Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey.

Watford will be keen to forget their most recent game which saw them battered 5-0 at Anfield. There's not too much shame in that though really and this looks a far more realistic assignment. That said, the Hornets haven't been ultra-reliable at home, winning only six of thirteen, and losing to Manchester United, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

As is so often is the case, nothing makes a team win a game like sacking their manager. Without a win in seven prior to the sacking of Claude Puel, they promptly won at the first time of asking following his departure when beating Brighton in midweek. They have performed pretty respectably away from home overall, winning five of 14.

It will be interesting to see what approach Rodgers adopts with this Leicester squad. They do tend to score on the road though and are fancied to pick up a point.

Prediction: Watford 1 - 1 Leicester City


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  6 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 1 - 5
Possession: 39% - 61%

Adrian Mariappa, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney and Andre Gray were all booked for Watford with referee Jonathan Moss also taking the name of Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City.

There may have been a new man in the dugout, as Brendan Rodgers returned to one of his old haunting grounds for his first game in charge, but this was really the same old story from Leicester City. Playing some nice stuff at times and ahead on many of the stats they ultimately came away with nothing to show for their efforts. Rodgers is going to need to instil more of a ruthless streak if he is to improve the Foxes.

Leicester seemed to invite Watford onto them early and paid the price in just the fifth minute. Gerard Deulofeu playing in a free kick towards the near post from the left-hand side. Troy Deeney getting in front of Wes Morgan and Kasper Schmeichel to send the merest flick in down the centre. 1-0 at the break.

As much as Leicester huffed and puffed, it began to look as though they would never be able to find a way through the Watford rear-guard, until the 75th minute that is. An excellent through ball from Youri Tielemans sending Jamie Vardy racing clear down the centre. Vardy doing well to fend of his marker and finish with the outside of his right over the rushing out keeper Ben Foster and into the bottom left.

Still time for late drama though and it came in the second minute of added on time. A weak clearance from Schmeichel being nodded forward on halfway and Troy Deeney playing an excellent first time volleyed pass to send Andre Gray through into the left of the area. Composed low finish from Gray 2-1 final score.

Watford stay eighth, level on points with seventh placed Wolves. No change for Leicester either who remain in eleventh spot.

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