Watford vs Leicester City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Two teams in the mix for a Europa League position will clash on Boxing Day as Watford welcome Leicester City to Vicarage Road.
Last time: Leicester recorded a 3-0 victory when the two teams met at the King Power Stadium in the latter stages of last season. Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton scored the goals for the Foxes.
This time: Watford are available at 6/4 with Leicester at 2/1 and the draw at 5/2.
You might remember: The incredible 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.
Watford’s last six: Won: 1 Lost: 4 Drawn: 1
Watford will once again be without the services of captain Deeney following his red card against Huddersfield Town on December 16.
Marvin Zeegelaar and Tom Cleverley, however, are both available for the Hornets after serving suspensions. Centre-back Miguel Britos could also be fit following a foot problem.
Leicester’s last six: Won: 4 Lost: 1 Drawn: 1
Jamie Vardy, Mahrez and Demarai Gray are once again expected to start in a three-pronged attack for the visitors.
Ben Chilwell should edge out Christian Fuchs at left-back, while Vicente Iborra should keep his spot in the middle of the park.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Leicester will attempt to continue their strong run of form against Watford when they travel to Vicarage Road on December 26. The Foxes have only lost one of their last six matches against the Hornets in all competitions, and recorded a 3-0 victory in their last meeting in May. That said, Watford ran out 2-1 winners when the pair met in the corresponding Premier League match during the 2016-17 season.
Watford are 6/4 to emerge victorious as Marco Silva’s side look to record their first home Premier League victory since a 2-0 success over West Ham United on November 19. The Hornets are among the teams challenging for a top-seven position this season, although they have fallen off the pace slightly in recent weeks.
Leicester are 2/1 to secure all three points in London on December 26. The Foxes have actually only lost two of their nine Premier League away matches this season – recording three wins in the process. They are a team set up to counter-attack, and will fancy their chances of shading what should be an open game at Vicarage Road.
The draw is 5/2, but it is worth noting that these two teams only shared the points once in the league since 2009. That said, Leicester have drawn four of their nine away Premier League matches this season, while Watford have only won twice at Vicarage Road during the 2017-18 campaign. There is good value to be had in this market.
Richarlison is 5/1 in the first goalscorer market. The Brazilian has been very impressive since arriving in the Premier League, and he should have plenty of space to influence proceedings. The attacker, meanwhile, can be backed at 12/1 to score two or more goals against the visiting Foxes.
Jamie Vardy is 7/1 to score two or more goals for the away side, while the England international can be backed at 6/4 to find the back of the net at any point during the match. Vardy’s pace could cause Watford’s defence all sorts of problems, especially considering Mahrez’s movement alongside him.
Predicted Score: Watford 2 - 2 Leicester City
Look out for:
The match result and both teams to score market looks to have a lot of value. Leicester can be backed at 9/2 to win with both teams on the scoresheet, while Watford are available at 7/2 in the same market.
Correct score of Watford 2-2 Leicester can be backed at 14/1. There should be a few goals in this match due to the firepower that both teams can call upon in the final third.
It’s a long shot, but:
Leicester to win 3-2 is available at 33/1. Claude Puel’s side recently won 3-2 at Newcastle United in the Premier League, and they could well be on the right end of that scoreline once again on Boxing Day.
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.