Leicester City vs Watford: Live Stream TV Updates and How to Watch Premier League Match 2019
An in-form Leicester City entertain a manager-less Watford on Wednesday night | Photo by Getty Images/Richard Heathcote

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Analysis
Ultimately, the Masina/ Evans penalty incident proved to be the difference, and Mullins will feel hard done by. However, Leicester will point to the first-half penalty incident on Vardy as vindication.

Nevertheless, both sides had their chances and whilst Watford will feel 2-0 flatters the Foxes, Brendan Rodgers will be a very happy man as Leicester move to second in the league.

Analysis
Another evening to forget for Watford but the fans will be buoyed by what they saw of Mullins and his set-up this evening.

Watford were set-up to attack and whilst they have nothing to show for it again, they have shown significant improvement on Saturday's defeat away to Southampton.

 

Leicester City will be happy to get through this test unscathed, in what was a resolute defensive performance.

Full-time
And that is the final play of the game as Pawson blows for full-time at the King Power stadium.
GOAL
95'

Right before the full-time whistle, Maddison runs clear into the Watford box to slide the ball into the corner from 12 yards.

Harsh on Watford but Leicester have been the better side in the second half.

Watford will remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

GOAL
95'

Leicester counter-attack and score.

 

Chance
94'

Is that it for Watford?

Big chance for the Hornets as Doucoure's poor touch sees a rare opportunity go by the way side.

30 seconds later and Quina strikes straight at the Leicester goalkeeper from 18 yards.

94'

Watford are now firing the ball into the box as they seek an equaliser but Leicester are holding strong.

92'

Leicester trying to just keep the ball at the moment as Watford chase the game.

Man of the Match
90'

21 year-old Harvey Barnes is Man of the Match this evening following an energetic and threatening performance. If not for Ben Foster, Barnes would have scored more than once this evening.

Added time
90'

There will be 5 minutes of added time at the end of the 90 as Masina receives a yellow card for a clumsy foul.

An evening to forget for the Watford defender as his foul for the penalty remains the difference.

8
89'

Watford continue to plug away at this stoic Leicester City side but the Foxes look more likely to score next as the game nears its end.

Substitution
87'

Troy Deeney is replaced by Andre Gray in Watford's last change of the evening.

84'

For all Watford's endeavour tonight they have still only manufactured 2 shots on goal, whilst conceding 11 in return.

Watford's attacking woes continue at the King Power stadium.

Substitution
83'

Domingos Quina replaces Will Hughes for Watford in their second change of the evening.

Chance
82'

Maddison fires in the free-kick but Foster is relieved to see it straight at him and he quickly turns defence into attack for Watford.

Attendance
82'

Leicester City have a free-kick in a dangerous area 30 yards out and to the left of the Watford box as the announcer reports 31,763 people are in attendance tonight.

Substitution
80'

Harvey Barnes, who has been threatening all game, is coming off for James Justin in Leicester's second change of the evening.

James Justin is making his Premier League debut after signing from Championship side and Watford rivals, Luton Town.

Watford will be relieved to see the end of Barnes.

78'

Sarr continues to cause trouble down the Leicester right with his speed but Watford struggling to get attacking options into the box as the Hornets seek an equaliser.

Substitution
77'

Watford make their first change of the evening as Deulofeu is hauled off for Isaac Success. Another relatively disappointing evening for Watford's number 7.

75'

Hughes plays a short one-two with Deulofeu and whips in an inviting cross but no Watford player can get on the end of it as Leicester clear the danger.

15 minutes to go
75'

Watford win a corner with 15 minutes plus added time left in the game.

Hughes comes over to the right to take it.

Chance
73'

Leicester continue to find gaps in the Watford defence as Barnes looks to go through on goal but Femenia covers well to come across and knock the ball out for a corner.

Substitution
70'

Leicester make the first change of the night as Loughborough-born, Hamza Choudhury replaces Tielemans for the Foxes.

67'

Sarr puts on the fire burners for the first time this evening as he flies passed Fuchs on the right-hand side.

Good defensive positioning from Leicester ensures the attack doesn't escalate.

64'

Watford catch a breath as Sarr goes down holding his ankle.

Leicester have been piling on the pressure since half-time and are well worth their lead as Mullins mulls how to respond.

Chance
61'

This time Leicester and Vardy are sure they are 2-0 up as the Leicester talisman chips the ball over an onrushing Foster from the edge of the box.

However, Masina redeems himself with a flying goal-line clearance to keep the deficit to 1.

Chance
59'

Leicester nearly make it 2-0 as Barnes turns the Watford defence inside and out.

The ball deflects out to Praet who's effort is deflected just wide from 8 yards.

56'

The King Power stadium is rocking now and a palpable sense of caution and concern has been lifted with that goal.

Mullins will be furious for the fashion in which Watford have conceded, following a good defensive performance for 55 minutes.

Goal
55'

No doubt from Jamie Vardy who puts the ball into the bottom right corner for his 7th goal in 7 consecutive games.

1-0 Leicester.

VAR check
65'

With the VAR check complete, Vardy steps up to the spot against Foster.

54'

Masina will feel hard done by as Evans goes to ground under minimal contact from the Watford defender.

Pawson immediately pointed to the spot and VAR will not overturn this.

Penalty
53'

Jonny Evans goes down under contact from Masina at the back post and this time Pawson does point to the spot.

Chance
51'

Excellent save by Ben Foster as Leicester think they have scored.

Barnes twists and turns in the Watford box as he finds a yard of space to shoot from 6 yards. However, Watford's goalkeeper comes out quickly again to narrow the angle and deflect the ball clear.

49'

Leicester look to counter Watford but are frustrated as Pawson blows for a hand-ball with Tielemans looking to pressure the Watford defence.

The replay shows a clear handball.

Second half
46'

The teams are out and we are back underway as Craig Pawson blows for the start of the second-half here at the King Power stadium.

Analysis
Both sides have had their chances to score and both will feel they should be ahead.

Vardy's yellow card for the penalty incident will be the talking point in the media but Watford are well worth being level at half-time.

Watford have kept Leicester to 3 shots in the first half, whilst the Hornets have manufactured 2 efforts of their own. Will Hughes, in particular, will be disappointed to have not done better just before half-time.

Half-time
And there's the half-time whistle as Watford go back to the dressing room on par with their in-form counterparts.

 

0-0 at the midway point here in the East Midlands.

Added time
45'

2 minutes of added time at the end of the half as Watford come forward once more.

The Hornets have finished the half the stronger and successfully delivered a full-pitch press so far.

Chance
45'

Huge chance for Watford and Will Hughes as Deulofeu finds the young midfielder 10 yards out, centre of goal in the Leicester box.

Hughes takes the chance first time on his left foot but fires it into a Leicester player and the scoreline says goalless. 

Chance
42'

Watford go back on the attack and Sarr wins a free-kick 20 yards out on the left side of the Leicester box.

Deulofeu hits the valve of the ball, sending the ball dipping towards the far corner and it falls inches just wide.

Great effort from Watford's number 7.

Expert opinion: Dermot Gallagher
The former Premier League referee has viewed replays of the penalty incident and believes VAR should have reversed Pawson's decision.

Inconclusive whether it is a 'clear and obvious' penalty.

Penalty?
38'

VAR is checking a potential penalty for Leicester as Vardy goes down under pressure from Mariappa.

Vardy gets a yellow card for an apparent dive but the English striker is in disbelief. 

Leicester are adamant it is a penalty, as are the media. All believing that Mariappa made contact.

Replays are inconclusive but Pawson was sure of his decision.

Chance
36'

The game is going end to end now as Watford create an opportunity for a shot from the edge of the box but Leicester break quickly from the loose ball.

Leicester go up the other end and Barnes again has a chance from 8 yards but Foster is out quickly to deny the Leicester player.

30'

A solid defensive half hour from Watford but Troy Deeney has done as much defending as he has attacking thus far.

Leicester have taken the game by the scruff of the neck and have had 69% possession of the ball but nothing to show for it as yet.

Chance
24'

Leicester deal with the corner and break themselves.

Leicester work the ball forward through Maddison who finds Harvey Barnes in the box. Barnes takes the shot early and hits into the side-netting from 8 yards.

More composure and vision would have allowed him to see Vardy free in the centre of the box.

Chance
23'

Tielemans is outmuscled from the corner and Watford break on the counter. 

Sarr plays in Deulofeu who looks to be through 1-on-1 with the Goalkeeper but Ricardo recovers well to knock the ball out for a Watford corner.

Good speed and intent from the Hornets.

Corner
22'

Femenia slices a timid Leicester cross behind for a Foxes corner.

19'

Watford have a free-kick 35 yards out after Capoue was felled.

Deulofeu floats the ball in with little intent and Leicester easily deal with it.

Worth mentioning, the Foxes are yet to concede from a set-piece this season.

17'

Leicester have had slightly the greater amount of possession thus far, edging Watford 51:49.

In the stands
Both sets of fans have made early attempts to antagonise the other.

Watford fans have targeted Brendan Rodgers with, "Brendan Rodgers, he'lll walk out on you" - referencing the Leicester manager's short spell with the Hornets.

Leicester fans have responded in blunt kind, with "going down, going down, going down".

13'

Watford showing a bias down the right-side with Sarr so far this half.

Sarr vs Fuchs will be a fascinating match-up as the game progresses tonight.

The Deeney Effect
9'

Leicester look to have won a corner but Deeney shows the work-ethic needed by Watford players tonight as he races back to slide the ball out for a throw-in deep in his own half.

Chance
6'

Ayoze Perez has a big chance for Leicester as the ball works its way across the Watford box to Perez on the volley.

Fortunately for the Hornets, the Leicester player scuffs the effort wide from 8 yards.

5'

Watford have showed early attacking intent here as Sarr and Hughes fire in crosses but no Watford player can get on the end of it.

Chance
2'

Vardy runs clear of the Watford defence as the linesman flags for offside, however Leicester play on, on the off chance that the officials are wrong and VAR intervenes.

The ball works its way to the penalty spot, where Perez fires over the bar.

The replays show it was a mighty tight offside call.

Opta predictor
The stats favour a Leicester victory with 57%, compared to 17% for Watford.
Kick-off
And we're off.

Watford kick-off in yellow, whilst Leicester are in their familiar blue home kit.

Referee
Craig Pawson is in charge of the game tonight.

 

It's his 7th of the season, showing 1 red card and 35 yellows thus far.

Atmosphere
The clappers are out, the hunting horn sounds and the players are shaking hands...

We are only moments away from kick-off under the lights in the East Midlands. 

Needless to say, it's a cold night but dry.

5 Minute Warning
Boil the kettle, close the curtains, jump under the duvet... it's nearly time.

 

Here come the teams at a packed King Power stadium.

Key stats for the game:
The Foxes have scored in all 18 top-flight matches versus Watford.

Leicester are also the most clinical side in the top flight, scoring with 16.1% of their attempts on goal. Watford's conversion rate of 5.2% is the worst in the Premier League.

Watford have never won a Premier League game on a Wednesday, drawing four and losing 11.

Hayden Mullins on team selection:
"It's been a whirlwind couple of days... we're trying to set up in a positive way... Troy is ready to come onto the pitch and what he brings is experience and leadership. Very positive, good to have him back...

It's a great experience, great group of players."

Hayden Mullins on tonight:
"We want to come here and put on a good performance. We're coming here with plans of our own, to be positive, all the time against a very good side."
Brendan Rogers on tonight:
"It will be a tough game for us, despite where they sit in the league,  it will be a tough game for us, but we're ready"

 

Starting line-up: Watford
Hayden Mullins has given the Watford fans what they wanted and club Captain Troy Deeney returns to the starting line-up, with Watford playing 4-4-1-1 for the first time this season:

26 Foster

21 Femenía

6 Mariappa

15 Cathcart

11 Masina

16 Doucouré

29 Capoue

19 Hughes

23 Sarr

9 Deeney

7 Deulofeu

Starting line-up: Leicester City
One change by Brendan Rogers with Christian Fuchs starting in Ben Chilwell's absence (groin problem) at left-back. Otherwise, a familiar 4-1-4-1 formation for the Foxes:

1 Schmeichel

21 Ricardo Pereira

6 Evans

4 Söyüncü

28 Fuchs

25 Ndidi

17 Pérez

8 Tielemans

10 Maddison

15 Barnes

9 Vardy

Watford stats
Unsurprisingly, the Hornets find themselves in stark contrast to the Foxes:

 

Goals per game: 0.6

Avg. Possession: 46%

Pass Accuracy: 77.3%

Shots per game: 12.3

 

Mullins will have to work wonders to get anything out of this game for Watford.

Leicester stats
Leicester's home form consistently rates in the top four of the league.

The Foxes have the majority of the possession in games: 57.3

Consistently out strike their opponents with 16.3 shots per game

And are the 4th best side for pass accuracy in the league with 84.1%

Leicester form
The Foxes remain eight points behind leaders Liverpool, but can move back to second in the table with a draw or win tonight.

James Vardy already has 13 top flights goals this season - more than the combined total of Watford.

The striker scored in his sixth consecutive game on Sunday as Leicester beat Everton 2-1.

Leicester team news
Brendan Rodgers has a near fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the game this evening.

Demarai Gray is Leicester's only doubt with the winger recovering from flu. 

However, Rodgers has fielded the same starting line-up for the sixth game running and with a run of eight fixtures in December, he said “it isn’t possible” to keep naming an unchanged side.

Mullins on Watford's survival hopes
"I've been in positions before in my time as a player at West Ham, we were in a very difficult situation and we went on a very good run a little bit later than now and we ended up pulling together and we got out of it. Anything's possible. We start with the next game, our focus is on Leicester and what we can get out of the game. We'll take it from there."
Watford team news
Mullins is facing the same injury crisis that hampered his predecessor Quique Sanchez Flores. 

Craig Dawson, Christian Kabasele, Daryl Janmaat, Sebastian Prodl, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Bachmann are all missing through injury for Watford.

Hayden Mullins on his Watford future
"I haven't been told... 

I work for the football club so for me it's an absolute honour to lead the team tomorrow. It's just an ongoing process, it's part of a club appointment that they're looking for. I'm not part of that and the role that I'm giving tomorrow is a fantastic role for me personally and it's one that I'm really looking forward to."

Head to Head
In recent history, the host status has determined the victor of this battle.

 

Leicester have won the last four games at home to Watford, whilst the Hornets have won the last three games at home.

 

Watford's last win away to the Foxes dates back the April 26th, 2013, when Nathaniel Chalobah scored THAT 35-yard rocket as Watford pushed for promotion in the Championship.

Hello and welcome
An expectant crowd will greet Brendan Rogers and his in-form Leicester City side as they welcome a rudderless Watford FC, without a manager and with only one win this season. 

Hayden Mullins will take charge as caretaker manager of the Hornets, however history isn't on his or Watford's side.

The visitors have not won away to Leicester since 2013.

Nevertheless, Watford will be looking to kick-start their season at the King Power stadium, and to do so they'll have to stop Jamie Vardy, who has scored in the last six consecutive league games. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks it could happen as Leicester look for their seventh win in a row against the league's bottom-placed side.
 

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