First Team 1 week ago

Team News: Leicester City

Hayden Mullins says Troy Deeney is available for tomorrow night’s trip to Leicester City and there are no additions to the injury list ahead of his first game as Interim Head Coach.

“We’ve got no new injuries at the moment so we’re the same as we were at the weekend against Southampton,” said Mullins.

“Troy is fit, he’s trained the last two days and been in with the group. He’s got no issues, so he’s available.

“Craig Dawson is still missing, he hasn’t trained, and [Christian] Kabasele only trained today for the first time so he is another who won’t be available. But it’s the same as before.”

As well as Dawson (head) and Kabasele (hamstring), the injury list includes Daryl Janmaat (knee), Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee).

Mullins has taken first-team training this week along with Graham Stack and says he has been impressed by the attitude and professionalism of the players.

“The players have been absolutely fantastic and the response and how they have reacted has been first class. I just want to say they’ve been excellent, they trained really well yesterday, and they trained well again today,” he said.

“It’s a really good work ethic, the boys are working hard, and they have responded fantastically well. I’m really happy with what we’ve done in the last couple of days and I’m just waiting to see what happens tomorrow.”

Mullins brushed aside any suggestion the players could be distracted by a change of leadership, saying all focus during his two days taking training has been on giving themselves the best chance of picking up a result at Leicester.

“I think the perception of modern players is so wrong, because they’re so professional and so focused. They’re not thinking about the next guy to come in, they’re thinking about Leicester and getting a positive result at Leicester,” said Mullins.

“Honestly, working with them the past couple of days, the professionalism of the players has been first class and the focus and drive is on how they can work together as a side to try to get a result.”

First Team 1 week ago

Match Pack: Leicester City v Watford

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...


INFO

  • Leicester City v Watford
  • Premier League
  • King Power Stadium
  • Wednesday December 4, 7.30pm GMT

HOW TO FOLLOW

  • Live commentary of the match will be available at watfordfc.com.
  • This match will be televised on Amazon Prime.
  • Find live coverage and behind-the-scenes content on our social channels!

OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin
Fourth official: Anthony Backhouse
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup


TEAM NEWS

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.


OPPOSITION FORM

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

Overall:

Won 21, Drawn 17, Lost 29

Last Six:

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)


GOLDEN FLASHBACK

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

Kevin Phillips

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.

Lloyd Dyer

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.

Mark Yeates

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?

Hayden Mullins:

“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.”

Brendan Rodgers:

“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.”