Watford v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 28, 2019
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his first game as Leicester City manager on Saturday as his side travels to face Watford. The Hornets will be a tricky debut, as they are in solid form, despite a hammering mid-week against Liverpool.
Leicester won the reverse fixture, thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, but have lost their last two trips to Vicarage Road by two goals to one.
Isaac Success may return for Watford following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Will Hughes is also pushing for a spell in the starting XI, with fit-again Roberto Pereyra likely to be protected having featured mid-week.
Rodgers is unlikely to experiment in his first game in charge, so stars such as Vardy, Harry Maguire and James Maddison should start. The manager may be tempted to stick with the 4-3-3 formation that served Leicester well against Brighton.
Watford v Leicester Predictions and Previews
Saturday's game proves an interesting match-up as Watford are currently in the position that was expected of Carlos Puel's side.
Unlikely to break into the elusive top-six, the Hornets are firmly established in the top half of the table, and have done so without spending extravagant amounts on transfers. Leicester, on the other hand, boast the reported seventh largest wage bill in the Premier League, yet are languishing in the lower echelons of the table.
Similarly, the home side have had success playing a fast-paced, counter-attacking style of football, previously their weekend opponent's calling-card, whilst the Foxes have experimented with a slow-build up, possession based approach.
However, this is likely to change following Rodgers appointment, with the manager likely to find a way to play to his team's strengths. The pace of Jamie Vardy, who is 7/4 to score, having notched a penalty in his last two games against Watford, will be key to the manager's tactics.
If the former-Celtic man is to enjoy a successful debut, he will have to find a way to break down a resilient Watford side, keen to prove a point after their midweek five goal loss to Liverpool. With Gerard Delulofeu looking back to his best, the Hornets will have the tools to create real problems to the Leicester back line, and for all of Rodgers' offensive plans, defence may have be his first concern on Saturday.
Troy Deeney to score anytime at 2/1
The England striker appears to be rediscovering his form and will relish the physical battle with Harry Maguire.
Both teams to score at 3/4
Leicester will want to make a good impression, and could well end up being overenthusiastic when pushing forward.