Match Preview - Watford vs Leicester City.

04/03/2016 19:39

The fixtures just keep coming for Watford in the Premier League, as the Hornets face table toppers Leicester City on Saturday, in a match which will be televised on Sky Sports.


Watford will be looking to bounce back from an undeserved 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, in a match which the Hornets dominated for large parts.


If anything, the game showed how vital it is for the Golden Boys to take their chances when on top, as Quique Sanchez Flores' men spurned a number of golden opportunities to take the lead.


The least Watford deserved was a point on Wednesday night, but they were left to rue their missed chances, as Juan Mata buried a stunning free kick seven minutes from time to hand Manchester United the three points.


As a result, Quique Sanchez Flores' men slipped to 12th place in the league, although they can move back into the top half of the table again with a win over Leicester.


The Foxes on the other hand, remain at the top of the table despite a draw with West Brom in mid-week and they will be looking to maintain their advantage over their closest rivals as they aim to pull off the unthinkable and win the Premier League.


In the game between the two sides earlier this season, it was the Foxes who ran out 2-1 winners. N'golo Kante put the Foxes ahead, as his tame shot squirmed through Heurelho Gomes' palms and over the line.


Jamie Vardy added a second for the Foxes from the penalty spot, after he was brought down from Gomes, but Troy Deeney pulled one back later on as he converted a spot kick.


Claudio Ranieri is the manager of the Foxes and he has done a remarkable job this season.


Back in the summer when Ranieri's appointment was announced, most in the media scoffed and put them down as one of the main contenders for relegation this season.


But the Foxes have proved them all wrong, with their attacking and free-flowing causing Premier League teams all this season and it has earned them many plaudits along the way.


They have proved they really are title contenders, beating the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool at some point this season.


A number of players have impressed for the Foxes this season, but it's Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez really stand out and will be key for Ranieri's men tomorrow. 


Vardy has been in scintillating form for the Foxes this season having notched 19 goals in 30 appearances this season, making him the Premier League's top goal-scorer.


His pace and persistence makes him one of toughest customers to face in the Premier League, having caused defences a number of problems this season. He must surely be part of the England squad that heads to Euro 2016 in the summer.


Another player to have impressed for the Foxes this season is Algerian winger, Riyad Mahrez having scored 15 goals in 29 games.


He's also assisted a further 11 goals this season and his quick, direct and skilful runs have caused full-backs nightmares. In the process, he has proved himself to be one of the best wingers in the Premier League in 2015/16.


Saturday's game will undoubtedly be another tough test for the Golden Boys. Leicester have proved themselves to be one of the best sides in the division this season and they will surely be right up for this fixture, given their title ambitions.  


However, Watford were superb despite losing to Manchester United in mid-week and if they can replicate that performance and be more clinical in front of goal, then they stand a great chance of taking something from Saturday's match.


Team News.


For Watford, Jose Manuel Jurado is ruled out once again thanks to a calf problem. Craig Cathcart is still struggling with a slight knock and the match tomorrow might come too soon for him. Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban are still ruled out.


For Leicester, the Foxes have been boosted by the news that N'golo Kante could be fit enough to face the Hornets. Matty James is still side-lined.


Predicted Team Line-ups


Watford - Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Prodl, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Behrami, Abdi, Deeney ©, Ighalo.


Leicester - Schmeichal (GK), Simpon, Huth, Morgan ©, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.


Referee - Jon Moss.