Watford v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 25, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Vicarage Road - Premier League

Leicester travel to Watford for their Boxing Day outing, with the Foxes now above Marco Silva’s side in the Premier League table. The Hornets have been stumbling of late after their impressive early season form, and they’re in danger of dropping out of the top half.

Past Meetings

Both sides won their home fixtures against each other last season, with Watford winning 2-1 at Vicarage Road before Leicester won the return 3-0. Home advantage counts for a lot in this fixture, with just three away wins in the last 19 meetings between the clubs.

Team News

It’s fair to say that Watford’s injury situation isn’t helping their manager in the slightest. The likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart and Will Hughes all miss out, although Miguel Britos and Issac Success could be fit to return. Marvin Zeegelaar and Abdoulaye Doucoure return from suspension, but Troy Deeney is banned.

Claude Puel has a much fresher squad to pick from, with just two injury concerns going into this one. Matty James and Robert Huth could both be in line for a return though, while Wilfred Ndidi is available after serving a suspension.

Watford v Leicester Preview and Predictions

Considering the starts both of these sides made to the season, it’s a big surprise that Leicester find themselves above Watford at the halfway stage of the campaign. Puel’s had a great impact on his new side though, while the Hornets could use some reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Watford managed to keep their in-demand manager amid recent interest from the likes of Everton, and now the board needs to back Silva if they want to push on and establish themselves in the top half of the Premier League.

With the way the mid-table clubs are bunched, it could only take a couple of defeats for the Hornets to slip back towards the relegation zone. They’re priced at 7/5 to avoid this for now, and pick up the three points on Tuesday.

The visitors meanwhile are pushing for the European places, although it remains to be seen how they’d treat the continent’s secondary club competition if they got there. The League Cup quarter-final defeat against Manchester City was a huge opportunity missed for Leicester.

Puel clearly feels that Premier League places are more valuable than potential silverware and a trip to Wembley. This is understandable when you think he was sacked by Southampton after guiding them to the League Cup final last year, where they were narrowly beaten by Manchester United. The Foxes are 2/1 for this one, while the draw’s 5/2.

Recommended Bets

Both teams to score at 8/11

Both sides have plenty of attacking talent in their ranks, and with just nine clean sheets between them this season, they’re also prone to conceding goals.

Vardy to score first and Leicester to win 2-1 at 30/1

The England international has been in decent form of late, while the Foxes are good away from home, winning their last two and unbeaten in seven on the road.

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