Saturday action returns to the Premier League this weekend, with Watford welcoming Leicester in the lunchtime kick off to start the day’s programme.
This match garners peculiar managerial connotations, with Watford boss Nigel Pearson having managed the Foxes in the past, and Leicester gaffer Brendan Rodgers once in charge of the Hornets.
Leicester head to Vicarage Road in 3rd position with a 5-point cushion over Chelsea – the Foxes looking to cement Champions League football for the first time since they remarkably won the Premier League in 2016.
Watford meanwhile are precariously placed in 17th, level on points with Bournemouth a spot below, and only outside of the relegation zone by a single goal.
Only basement boys Norwich City have won fewer Premier League games this season than Nigel Pearson’s Hornets, with opponents Leicester boasting one of the best away records in the division – just Manchester City and Liverpool winning more on the road.
The 3-month layoff hasn’t yielded a clean bill of health for the home side, who will be without at least 3 first team players.
Nigel Pearson is missing the influential Gerard Deulofeu due to a knee injury – the Spaniard had surgery on the problem earlier this season and has been recovering in his native country.
Daryl Janmaat, who has thrown his Watford future in to doubt this week, also misses out with a knee issue.
Isaac Success won’t feature for the Hornets either, having sustained an Achilles injury in training – the Nigeria international has been urged to depart Vicarage Road by a former coach in recent weeks.
Skipper Troy Deeney is expected to play for Watford, despite declining to train during lockdown over coronavirus fears.
For Leicester, gaffer Brendan Rodgers will assess the fitness of striker Ayoze Perez and defender Ryan Bennett – both players were said to be nursing knocks but are rated 50-50 for the weekend.
Dennis Praet is a doubt for the Foxes however and will undergo a late fitness test on a troubling calf problem.
It’s uncertain whether Rodgers will select Ben Chilwell to start, amidst speculation over a potential switch to Chelsea.
Watford will be up against it when they take on what’s been an impressive Foxes side so far this season – but with a glut of games against sides in and around them in the table to come, 3 points here would be a welcome boost.
Leicester will fancy their chances with a strong record on their travels and will be eyeing this match as a chance to further pull away from those chasing a top four berth.
Watford v Leicester City at Vicarage Road kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday, June 20.