Watford v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 03/03/19

Watford v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Watford v Leicester and provides us with his best bets for Saturdays late kick off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: -4.2pts

Watford v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 03/03/2019
  • Time: 13:00
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Channel: Sky Sports 1

Ironically the last time I previewed Leicester I mentioned how I was shocked to see no pressure mounting on Claude Puel to get the sack, and straight after the game that’s exactly what the Leicester board opted to do. It has started off well for the Foxes, as they won their first game since his departure 2-1 against Brighton and they also seem to have got their number 1 target in Brendan Rodgers. They had the deal all wrapped up and confirmed less than 2 days later. However, it is fair to assume we will see a very different Leicester performance once Rodgers puts his stamp on them.

Watford have definitely exceeded most people’s expectations of them this season, even probably their own fans. They currently sit 7th only one place outside the European spots, albeit that they are 13 points off 6th place Chelsea. They will come into the game hoping to put the midweek thumping from Liverpool behind them. Javi Garcia saw his side lose 5-0 which is their biggest defeat of the season so far.

The game is certainly important for both clubs, despite neither of them really having the ability to make any sort of challenge they will both be eager for the points, Leicester to get Brendan Rodgers off to a good start in his reign and show why he walked away from a possible treble with the Celts, and also Watford to show their horrendous display against Liverpool midweek was out of sorts, and not something the fans should get used too.

Team News

Holebas will have returned after his 2 games suspension for racking up 10 yellow cards. Kiko Femina is also in line to make a return and a decision will be made closer to the game as to whether his fitness is at a high enough level.

Marc Albrighton looks to have had his season ended after Leicester recently spoke out and said he will not be available until the end of the season. Daniel Amartey is looking for a return soon but would be unlikely to feature this early in March.

Potential Watford Starting XI: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney, Deulofeu

Potential Leicester Starting XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Gray, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy

Head To Head

  • The pair of clubs have faced off in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Watford claimed 6 wins, Leicester racked up a respectable 10, and they also played out a measly 2 draws.
  • Of these 18 games 12 of them have featured both teams to score.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Watford and Leicester probably played out one of the most sensational games English football has ever seen back in 2013, when Leicester missed a penalty to take them through to the play off final and Watford went on the counter attack and Deeney scored for the hornets.

Betting Odds

  • Watford 11/8
  • Draw 23/10
  • Leicester 2/1

The Verdict

Leicester will gradually start to get back to their old ways now Claude Puel has gone, as it seems the players had lost faith in the Frenchman. They looked a lot sharper out against Brighton, but Watford have been no pushovers. They scored 5 last weekend Away at Cardiff and will be keen to continue this sort of form.

The last 14 games with the hornets at home has seen both teams to score in 11 of them. This is a keen stat since both teams tend to score in most games they play in. 4 of Leicester’s last 5 have seen both teams to score. However only 2 of Watford’s have seen both teams to score, but it is worth mentioning they scored in 4 of the 5, it was the opponents who failed mostly.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pt – Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 11/8 (William Hill)