Leicester City v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 02, 2017
Saturday 6 May – King Power Stadium – Premier League
Champions Leicester City are safe from relegation, but face a tough test in fellow counter-attacking side Watford. Walter Mazzarri’s men have comfortably survived also, but have little to play for.
Leicester won home and away against the Hornets last season, but lost at Vicarage Road 2-1 in November. The Champions have a slight historic advantage, winning 15 from 37 meetings, losing 12 and drawing 10.
Craig Shakespeare will only be missing Wes Morgan, Molla Wague and Nampalys Mendy from his team sheet, so his pressing 4-4-2 should remain intact. Islam Slimani has been criminally underused this term, but as Shinji Okazaki scored last week, he’s certain to start on Saturday.
The Hornets will be missing Craig Cathcart, Roberto Pereyra, Younes Kaboul, Mauro Zarate, Ben Watson, Jose Holebas and Miguel Britos in an injury crisis that has luckily came after promotion was secured.
Leicester City vs Watford Preview and Predictions
After seemingly rediscovering the form that returned last season’s Premier League trophy, it is no shock that the home side are heavy favourites at odds of 8/13. However, Watford aren’t a bad side, and priced at 11/2, money could be made, but the draw at 13/4 is the most likely result.
As both coaches like to sit back and hit quickly on the counter attack, it will be a game of few chances. Considering Jamie Vardy’s newly minted one season wonder status and Okazaki’s less than impressive goal to game ratio, Troy Deeney offers the best chance at winning on goalscorers. Watford’s star man is at 8/1 to score first, and as he has scored the opening goal on nine occasions this season, the former Walsall man can never be counted out.
Although we have had to endure more than our fair share of drab goalless draws in the Premier League this term, Saturday’s match up seems like it will return goals, and as both have leaky defenses, the lack of firepower on show shouldn’t be a problem. A 2-2 draw is at 18/1, and although it may seem far fetched, if we have learned anything, it is to expect the unexpected when Leicester City are on the field.
Troy Deeney to score first at 8/1
Watford like to attack early and defend their lead, which is probably why Troy Deeney has scored the opening goal of a game so many times this season. As Leicester sit deep they will be a tough nut to crack, but many sides in the Premier League park the bus, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
MBaye Niang to score anytime at 4/1
The Serie A flop has been a Premier League revelation and has emerged as Watford’s newest fan favourite. Exceedingly quick and with a good eye for goal, Niang will be a handful for the Leicester back line.