2021-22 Premier League: Week 13 – Leicester vs Watford

Leicester City come up against former manager, Claudio Ranieri, as the Italian brings Watford to the King Power Stadium in an untelevised Super Sunday clash.

Should Everton lose elsewhere, victory could lift Leicester as high as eighth, whereas a win could see Watford climb as high as 11th in the table.

 

Team News

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Jonny Evans is a doubt for Leicester after suffering a thigh injury during the warm-up ahead of Thursday’s Europa League win over Legia Warsaw.

Youri Tielemans (calf), James Justin (knee), Ricardo Pereira (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (leg) are ruled out.

Watford will be without Ismaila Sarr after the Senegalese striker suffered a knee injury during last weekend’s 4-1 win over Manchester United.

Juraj Kucka is available after serving an one match ban but Nicolas N’Koulou (hamstring) joins Peter Etebo (quad), Francisco Sierralta, Christian Kabasele (both hamstring), Kwadwo Baah (ankle) and Ken Sema (knee) on sidelines.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leicester have lost just one of their last five league meetings against Watford (W3, D1, L1), with all three victories coming in 2-0 results.
  • Watford are winless in their last seven league visits to King Power Stadium (D1, L6), although the Hornets failed to score in their last four visits.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored once in each of Leicester’s last three home victories over Watford, including in the last two such matches alongside James Maddison.
  • Leicester have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight matches in all competitions (W1, D4, L3), during which they netted 11 goals and conceded 15 goals.
  • Six of Watford’s last nine league goals have been scored by Joshua King (4) and Emmanuel Dennis (2).

 

Prediction

Consistency frustratingly has been Leicester’s biggest issue throughout this season yet on Thursday evening, they looked well organised across the pitch with particular pace in their passes and on runs when on the attack but they need to show more of that quality domestically from now on.

Watford meanwhile were simply excellent in their dismantling of Man Utd because they got on the front foot early and never lifted the gas with direct high intensity, which could well cause some issues if Emmanuel Dennis can terrify the Foxes’ defence with his attacks.

Sarr though will be a huge loss but his absence now offers an opportunity for Joao Pedro and Cuco Hernandez to step up and add extra firepower alongside Dennis and Joshua King, otherwise this could be an one-sided game if Leicester play like they did in midweek.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Watford

Result: Leicester 4-2 Watford

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