Watford (11-7-10) vs. Leicester City (10-5-13)
Premier League: 03-03-2019 at 12:00 UST (Vicarage Road)
Odds: Watford: 2.60, Draw: 3.40, Leicester City: 2.90
Premier League Picks Watford vs. Leicester City
Watford welcomes 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City on Sunday early kick-off. Watford come off a devastating defeat to Liverpool at Anfield (5-0) last Tuesday. Nevertheless, the Hornets have been a solid Premier League side this season. They currently sit at a respectable eighth place and are one of those teams that don’t really have anything to play for or worry about anymore. Indeed, the club is already thirteen points behind European places and have a fifteen points cushion above the relegation zone. This mid-table place is in accordance with a fairly balanced record of 11 wins, 10 losses and 7 draws. Watford have not lost at home since the 29th of December. However, Vicarage Road is not necessarily an impregnable fortress. Indeed, the Hornets only boast the twelfth record in the league at home with 20 points won out of a possible 39. Leicester will hope to take advantage of this under their new manager, Brendan Rodgers. The former Celtic’s coach has already managed, and won, one match with his new team, against Brighton. The Foxes had previously not won a Premier League match since the 1st of January and a managerial change seemed needed. It is not rare for a team to slightly over-perform when a new manager is installed, perhaps this will be the case for Leicester.
The Foxes will be able to count on an almost full squad with only Amartey and Albrighton being unavailable. Rodgers’ side will probably look very similar to the 4-3-3 line-up that faced Brighton. Jamie Vardy will probably lead the front line with Gray and Barnes offering wide options to the midfield. That trio should be composed of Tielemans, who got an assist last Tuesday, Ndidi and Maddison. Indeed, this line offers a composed and technical possession of the ball as well as good transition abilities. The back-four should also be classic, with Evans and Maguire as centre-backs and Chilwell and Pereira on their sides. The Foxes have an interesting team which seems to be capable of the best but also of switching off. Watford will undoubtedly hope to profit from the occasional concentration gaps from this group.
The Hornets will also have a full squad for Javi Gracia to compose ahead of the game. Despite the loss to Liverpool, it is unlikely that Gracia massively changes his preferred line-up. One can expect a 4-4-2 to be out in Vicarage Road on Sunday. Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart and Masina should start, unless Holebas retrieves his place at left-back. The French centre-midfield pairing of Capoue and Doucouré has been very impressive this season and an integral part of Watford’s solidity. They are both very athletic and tough players. Additionally, they are more than capable to hold the ball and their confrontation with Leicester’s midfield is key to this game. Pereyra, author of six goals so far and Will Hughes should offer some width to the Hornets. Finally, Deeney and Deulofeu, who combined for Watford’s five goals against Cardiff City, should complete the line-up.
Premier League Schedule Leicester City vs. Watford
This match is very indecisive and could go both ways with players capable of catching fire on both sides. Nevertheless, Watford and Leicester seem a pretty balanced opposition. A draw might be a conservative bet but not one that would shock me.
PICK: Watford 1-1 Leicester City