Watford - Leicester City: Pre-Match Analysis

The hosts aim to avenge a 2-1 defeat from earlier in the season.

Watford - Leicester City: Pre-Match Analysis
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Watford host top of the table Leicester City at Vicarage Road in the Premier League's Saturday evening fixture, as the Foxes look to add weight to their title bid.

Floundering form fears for Flores

The Hornets are still wondering how they came away with nothing from a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday after a missing a handful of chances at Old Trafford. The result is the latest in a poor run of form for Watford, who have won just two of their last eleven Premier League games.

Photo: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
Photo: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Leicester have shown signs of nerves in their recent matches as they edge ever closer to a first top tier title. Claudio Ranieri's men were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening following a fortunate last gasp winner against Norwich City last weekend. However, the Foxes have an excellent record on the road, winning ten and drawing five of their last 17 away games.

The tactical view

Despite being top of the pile, Leicester have one of the lowest possession rates in the league and have relied on a counter-attacking philosophy to pick their way through opponents. The likes of N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater have read the game brilliantly before setting the speedy and exciting Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy on their way. 

Watford have a more conventional approach, adopting a fluid passing game based around their 4-4-2 formation. The Hornets have relied a lot on strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo to help them to mid-table this season, although the goals have dried up recently. The hosts will have to be quick to recover when they lose the ball against a counter-attacking Leicester.

Ighalo and Mahrez will be key

All eyes will be on Odion Ighalo who has missed several chances in Watford's last two matches as he finds himself in a spell of bad form. The home fans will be hoping he can find the net this weekend. Quique Sanchez Flores is without Craig Cathcart, Joel Ekstrand and Jose Manuel Jurado, whilst N'Golo Kante could return for Leicester. The defensive midfielder allows playmaker Riyad Mahrez an opportunity to express himself as Leicester's key player.