This weekend sees the Hornets travel to the King Power stadium in an attempt to bounce back from last week’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool.
Despite a great performance that once again lacked composure in front of goal, late goals from Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino continued Watford’s concerning form of late. However, there were plenty of positives to take from the cold afternoon in Hertfordshire with the Hornets being in the game until late on, with many a pundit even suggesting a draw would have been the fairer result.
Attention now turns to the 3pm kick-off at the King Power stadium in what appears to be a mid table clash. While Gracia’s men head in on the back of defeat, Leicester scraped through a hard fought cup tie in a penalty shoot-out win over Southampton on Tuesday night. However, Leicester’s form has been far from convincing with 4 of their last 5 ending in low scoring draws. Both sides, but particular Watford have been struggling in front of goal. However, with the likes of Jamir Vardy not reaching the peak of previous years, the Hornets will sense an opportunity if they themselves bring their shooting boots this Saturday.
It is vital the returning Troy Deeney and his supporting cast start finding the net. All previous Premier League seasons have seen the Hornets tail off into the abyss of relegation struggle. If we are to reach and sustain the high levels we have set ourselves, it is important this changes. It is apparent that the absence of goals from the midfield in any given game results in Watford not scoring. In order to consolidate our position, Gracia needs his frontmen to lead by example in front of goal.
The Hornets have no new injury concerns heading into Saturday and are boosted with the likes of Daryl Janmaat returning after a lengthy absence. This week may come too soon for Adalberto Peneranda to make his long awaited debut after securing a work permit. Tom Cleverley is slowly returning to training with a comeback looking likely after Christmas, meanwhile Gracia has a tough decision as to who to start in the currently failing strike force.
In a game that sees two sides struggling to score goals, I anticipate a close and tense game decided by a single goal. Both defences will be on top with a likely mistake being the only thing separating the two sides of similar quality.
Score prediction – Leicester 0-1 Watford – Roberto Pereyra to score
Likely line up: Foster: Femenia, Kabasele, Mariappa, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu; Success