Leicester City v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 16, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Watford have the rare chance to do the double over Leicester City, as they travel to the King Power for Premier League action on Saturday. The Foxes are unbeaten in 2018, and put in a powerful performance against Chelsea last weekend, so will be looking for the win themselves.
Leicester have had the edge since the two sides returned to the Premier League, however, Watford won the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road back in December. On the day, a goal from Riyad Mahrez was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Molla Wague, before Abdoulaye Doucoure forced an own goal from Kasper Schmeichel to complete the comeback.
Leicester manager Claude Puel has just one injury to consider, with Danny Simpson not yet recovered from a hamstring injury. A red card suspension to left-back Ben Chilwell leaves him out of contention, with Christian Fuchs on hand to step in.
Marco Silva has a more packed treatment room at the moment, with Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban all suffering from long-term injuries. Further problems for Kiko Femenia and Miguel Britos further add to the defensive shortage, although Tom Cleverly will have recovered from a minor injury to start in midfield.
Leicester City v Watford Predictions and Previews
Having suffered through a spell of poor form at the end of December, Leicester seem to have come into the New Year as a team reborn. A 3-0 win against Huddersfield, followed by a draw at Chelsea, that they really deserved to win, provides the platform for the Foxes to rebuild their confidence. However, if this is to happen they simply must keep hold of Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian has been fundamental to their resurgence, with seven goals and seven assists already this season, and is 2/1 to score against Watford. Against Chelsea, the winger ran the show, dictating play, and initiating almost all of Leicester's chances. With the London Club on a long list of potential suitors, keeping hold of their star will be a transfer window well done for the Foxes, and will allow their form to continue.
Watford have been less impressive in recent weeks, with their last win actually coming against Leicester, back on Boxing Day. In their most recent match, the Hornets did well to come back to earn a draw, after going 2-0 down against Southampton by half time. Marco Silva's side seem to be struggling at the moment with finding the back of the net, with Doucoure, a central midfielder, their top scorer and at 4/1 to score on Saturday.
Earlier in the season, the form of the young Brazilian Richarlison dragged Watford to the upper echelons of the Premier League table, but in recent weeks the winger has dropped off. Without a goal in 11 matches, and with just two assists, Watford are desperate for the 20 year old to get back to his best. If he fails to do so, Leicester should be good value for a win, at 5/6.
Richarlison to score anytime at 5/1
The winger is not playing poorly, and should be due a goal soon to return to the fine form that he displayed at the start of the season.
Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 11/4
Leicester seem to be able to either attack or defend at the moment, and will be looking for a win against the Hornets - who themselves could do with the points.