by Ian S. Palmer
English Premier League leaders Leicester City are on the road this weekend and will be visiting Vicarage Road to take on Watford. Leicester was held to a 2-2 draw at home at King Power Stadium by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday while Watford dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Leicester may have dropped a pair of points in midweek, but their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester City all dropped three points. Leicester enters the weekend three points ahead of Tottenham, six up on Arsenal and 10 in front of Man City and their neighbors Manchester United.
- Pinnacle currently lists Leicester City as the favorites at +156 with Watford +200 and a draw at +238
Watford vs Leicester City – Head To Head:
- Watford has just one victory in their past five meetings with Leicester, which came in the 2013 Championship League playoffs. The clubs met at King Power Stadium back in November with Leicester winning 2-1. Watford has been beaten just once in their past seven home games against Leicester though with five wins and two draws and Leicester has scored at least once in their past 13 showdowns. Overall, the two sides have met 60 times in the past with Leicester winning 25, losing 18 and drawing the other 17.
Watford is 13 points above the relegation zone as they sit in 12th place with 37 points from 10 wins, seven draws and 11 losses. They’ve scored 29 goals and also allowed 29 against. They’ve been struggling lately though with just two victories in their past 11 league contests since Christmas and have been shut out in four of their past five league matches. The team’s attack is led by Odion Ighalo who has 14 league goals, but just one in his past nine appearances. Defensively, Watford has 10 clean sheets so far this season and haven’t allowed a goal at home since January 23. But on the downside, Watford hasn’t scored at home since then either or won a game at Vicarage Road. They enter the game with two wins, two draws and two losses in their past six matches in all competitions.
Leicester has been the fairytale story of the season and are still managing to hang onto their perch on top of the standings. The team has 57 points from 16 wins, nine draws and just three losses. They’ve scored a league-high 51 goals and allowed 31 against. Leicester has lost just twice on their last 17 road travels dating back to last season and are the best away side this campaign with 28 points and 27 goals in their 14 games. The club has four wins, a draw and a loss in their past six matches, but will be without midfielder N’Golo Kante against Watford due to injury. Watford is expected to be without Joel Ekstrand, Tommie Hoban, Jose Jurado and Rene Gilmartin.
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