One of the most interesting English Premier League matchups this weekend will be taking place at the King Power Stadium in Leicester as Leicester City hosts newly-promoted Watford on Saturday, November 7. Leicester has won two in a row and are undefeated in their past four matches while Watford will be gunning for their second consecutive victory. Leicester heads into the game after coming from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on the road last week while Watford were 2-0 winners over West Ham at home.
Leicester City vs Watford – bet365 SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- bet 365 currently lists Leicester as the favorites at 4/5 with Watford 16/5/ and a draw at 11/4
Leicester City vs Watford – Head to Head
- Each team has won four and drawn one in their past nine meetings and there have been nine red cards in their past 13 encounters. Overall, the two sides have faced off 34 times with Leicester winning 13, losing 11 and drawing the other 10.
Leicester has definitely been the Cinderella story of the Premier League season so far with just one defeat, which came at the hands of Arsenal 5-2 in September. However, Hull City managed to eliminate them from the League Cup in October via a penalty shootout. They enter the weekend in third place with 22 points from six wins, four draws and a loss with 23 goals scored and 19 allowed. Watford occupies 11th spot with four victories, four draws and three defeats for 16 points. They’ve scored 10 goals and conceded 10 as well.
Leicester has been living dangerously as they’ve scored just four more goals than they’ve allowed, but that’s what makes them such an exciting team to watch. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been leading the way. English international forward Vardy has scored in eight straight games and leads the league in goals. Mahrez chipped in with a pair last weekend and now has seven on the season. Leicester has posted just one clean sheet this season, but nobody’s complaining since they’ve suffered just the one setback to the Gunners.
Leicester has won three of their five home encounters, but they’re actually better on the road where they’re unbeaten so far. They enter the game with three wins, two draws and a loss in their past six league games. Watford has three wins, a draw and two defeats. They shut West Ham United out 2-0 at home last weekend with Odion Ighalo netting a goal in each half. They’ve won two in a row on a pair of occasions now this season. Ighalo has been a key player this year with seven goals especially since skipper Troy Deeney is struggling with just one. Ighalo also has six goals in his past half dozen contests.
The problem for Watford is that they’ve scored just 10 goals and Ighalo and Deeney have accounted for eight of them. They’ve been solid defensively though. Their offence is tied for second lowest in the league, but the goals-against are fifth best. Watford is also a better road team as they’ve lost just once on their travels. Leicester should have Christian Fuchs back in the lineup after missing the last match, but Matty James is out with a knee injury. For Watford, it looks like both Joel Ekstrand and Jose Jurado are questionable.
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By Ian Palmer