Speak to most football fans up and down the country and you will hear a complaint probably as old as the game itself. Team X, Y or Z always put on a great performance against the big sides, but when it comes to the teams they really should be beating, they often fail to rise to the challenge.
For Leicester fans there is evidence, this season at least, that there is merit to this refrain. The table is still fluid, but before Tuesday night’s fixtures Leicester’s undefeated streak against sides in the top half (W3 D2) represented the second best record in the Championship, and their results against sides in the bottom half (W1 D2 L3) the second worst.
So it is understandable that Leicester City season ticket holders, having witnessed three straight wins over sides in the top six, might be worried about the visit of Watford. Leicester have form here. Last season Sven’s men travelled to Vicaridge Road to face a Watford side which had taken just three points from a possible 21 and slipped from 3rd in the table to 15th. The home side ran out 3-2 winners.
Again, Watford look unlikely to trouble the Foxes on paper. The loss of influential players like Don Cowie (Cardiff), Will Buckley (Brighton) and Danny Graham (Swansea) has not been easy for the Hornets. Watford have won just two league matches this season and, if they fail to beat Leicester, will be off to their worst start outside the top flight (in terms of wins) since the 1990/91 campaign. The Hornets have lost their last two, and their only victory in five came at the expense of fellow strugglers Millwall (visitors to the King Power Stadium on Saturday).
Watford have failed to score in six of their 11 league matches so far and, having only scored once in the opening half hour this season, are likely to sit back and let Leicester try and pick a way through. That might be easier said than done for a Leicester side that, like the visitors, has only scored in one of the last four matches.
We could see a repeat of the opening 45 minutes against Birmingham. If that’s the case, City fans would be well advised to bring a book.