As the Hornets prepare to visit Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League, here is all you need to know about the fixture...
- Leicester City v Watford
- Premier League
- King Power Stadium
- Wednesday December 4, 7.30pm GMT
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Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin
Fourth official: Anthony Backhouse
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup
The Hornets will be without Craig Dawson (head) and Christian Kabasele (hamstring), according to Hayden Mullins. The Interim Head Coach said Troy Deeney will be available but otherwise the injury list is the same as at Southampton – it includes Daryl Janmaat (knee), Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee).
The Foxes will check whether Demarai Gray is healthy to play after recovering from flu, but Brendan Rodgers reported everyone else was fit. However, the Leicester manager hinted that he could make changes to his starting line-up.
Leicester City are flying this season, sitting in second place in the Premier League behind only Liverpool. An injury time winner against Everton gave the Foxes a sixth successive league win and a 10th of the season. Brendan Rodgers' side have the best defence in the top flight, having conceded just nine goals, and only Manchester City have scored more than Leicester's 33. A key contributor of goals has been Jamie Vardy, who is firing on all cylinders and has 13 to his name so far. James Maddison (6) and Youri Tielemans (5) have also been chipping in from midfield.
HEAD TO HEAD
Won 21, Drawn 17, Lost 29
Mar 2019: Watford 2-1 Leicester (Deeney, Gray) (Premier League)
Dec 2018: Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)
Jan 2018: Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)
Dec 2017: Watford 2-1 Leicester (Wagué, Schmeichel OG) (Premier League)
May 2017: Leicester 3-0 Watford (Premier League)
Nov 2016: Watford 2-1 Leicester (Capoue, Pereyra) (Premier League)
April 26, 2013 — Leicester City 1-2 Watford: Nathaniel Chalobah was the star of the show for the Hornets away at Leciester City in 2013. With both sides chasing promotion, Troy Deeney gave the visitors the lead from close range before Chalobah doubled the lead with a rocket minutes later. The midfielder was on loan at Watford from Chelsea at the time, and his shot from distance was so quick the TV cameras struggled to keep up with it. Although Harry Kane pulled one back for the hosts in the second half, the Hornets held out for all three points. The teams would meet again the following month in the Championship play-off semi-finals, with Watford emerging victorious over two legs.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
A prolific goalscorer for the Hornets, Phillips netted 24 times in 57 appearances during his three seasons at Vicarage Road. After spells at a number of other clubs, the striker saw out the twilight of his career at Leicester City. He scored twice in 12 appearances before taking up a coaching role with the Foxes.
A key part of the Leicester squad for many years, Dyer made over 200 appearances for Leicester, scoring 30 goals between 2008 and 2014. The Hornets then signed him before the 2014/15 promotion season and the winger appeared 14 times, scoring once in the Championship and once in the League Cup.
Midfielder Yeates had loan spells at many clubs while he was contracted to Tottenham Hotspur, and one of these was Leciester City, where he scored once in nine appearances. He then signed for Colchester United permanently before moving to Sheffield United and eventually Watford in 2011. He stayed for two seasons, scoring seven goals.
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
“The main challenge is the next game, because we’re facing a very good side in Leicester. They’ve got loads of pace in the team so they’re a big threat, and it’s about how we approach the game and how we set up to attack them.
“For me it’s an absolute honour to lead the team tomorrow, it’s an ongoing process and part of a club appointment that they’re looking for. I’m not part of that and the role that I’m given tomorrow is a fantastic role for me personally and one that I’m really looking forward to.
“We’ve had conversations with a lot of boys in that changing room and they’ve been first class, and the help they’ve given us over the past couple of games has been fantastic.”
“We have to look at rotation. It’s impossible to keep the same team every week, but the team’s had a great rhythm and so far we’ve only had to make changes in the game.
“There’s still a long way to go. With 10 games to go, let’s see where it [the title race] is at. Liverpool have made a brilliant start and they’ve shown how brilliant they are. It’s going to be extremely tough for any team to catch them.
“We’ve made a great start and we want to continue with that.”