Leicester vs Watford Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Leicester will attempt to continue their pursuit of the top six in the Premier League when they host struggling Watford this weekend.
Last time: Watford recorded a 2-1 win over Leicester when the two teams met at Vicarage Road in the latter stages of 2017. An own goal from Kasper Schmeichel proved the difference between the two teams in the English capital.
This time: Leicester are 17/20 to collect all three points with Watford at 7/2 and the draw available at 27/10.
You might remember: The Championship playoff semi-final second leg between these two teams in May 2013. Troy Deeney scored the winning goal for Watford in the seventh minute of added time after Anthony Knockaert had seen his penalty saved for Leicester 20 seconds before. The Hornets won 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to make the final – which they lost to Crystal Palace.
Leicester City's Last Six:
Leicester’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 3 Lost: 2
Leicester will again be without the services of Danny Simpson, while club captain Wes Morgan is also struggling through injury.
Jamie Vardy has had no adverse effects following a recent groin problem, and will again lead the line for the former Premier League champions.
Watford's Last Six:
Watford’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Troy Deeney is pushing for a return to the team after coming off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Southampton at Vicarage Road last weekend.
Kiko Femenia and Will Hughes, however, are among those still on the sidelines for the Hornets.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Eighth will welcome 10th in the Premier League this weekend when Leicester host Watford. The Foxes were impressive in their goalless draw at Chelsea last weekend, while Watford came from two goals behind to snatch a point against Southampton. Leicester have only won one of their last six in the Premier League, but they will welcome a Watford side with just one win from their last 10 top-flight matches.
Leicester are 17/20 to collect all three points. Claude Puel’s side picked up a point away to the champions Chelsea last time out in the Premier League, but will be looking to return to winning ways here. The Foxes have already lost four times at the King Power Stadium this season, although they recorded a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in their last Premier League match on home soil.
Watford are 7/2 to triumph as the Hornets look to build on their 2-2 draw with Southampton last weekend. A rotten run of form has seen Marco Silva’s side win just one of their last 10 in the Premier League, but they are still 10th after an impressive start to the campaign. The out-of-form team will enter the match having lost each of their last four away matches in the Premier League.
The draw is available at 27/10, and as mentioned, both teams will enter this match off the back of Premier League draws. Watford have only drawn once away from home in the league this term, however, while Leicester have shared the points in just two of their 11 Premier League matches at the King Power Stadium during the 2017-18 campaign.
Jamie Vardy is 7/2 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the England international can be backed at 13/2 to register two or more goals. The 31-year-old has nine Premier League goals to his name his season, and will be confident of moving into double figures against struggling Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Richarlison is 17/2 in the first goalscorer market this weekend. The Brazilian has managed five Premier League goals for Watford this term, and it is understood that his performances have alerted a number of clubs. It is 18/1, meanwhile, that he scores two or more goals during the 90 minutes of action.
Predicted Score: Leicester City 2 - 0 Watford
Look out for:
The first goalscorer market has plenty of value. Aside from the strikers, Riyad Mahrez is available for Leicester at 13/2, while Abdoulaye Doucoure, who netted late against Southampton last time out, can be backed at 14/1 for Watford.
Leicester to win 2-0 is available at 9/1. The Foxes were impressive away to Chelsea last weekend, and will fancy their chances of putting three points on the board here. A low-scoring home victory appears a likely outcome in this match.
It’s a long shot, but:
Leicester to win 4-0 is available at 40/1. There is no question that the hosts have the firepower to give Watford a bit of a thumping this weekend. The Hornets have not kept an away clean sheet since the end of November.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.