Match Preview – Watford vs Leicester City

Amongst many other noble things the United States Bill of Rights prohibits the use of cruel or unusual punishment. What then, might the Founding Fathers have thought of sporting events scheduled for Valentines Day? A sizeable proportion of the Foxes fanbase may have their mind on other things around kick-off, and it certainly seems as if City’s players have done too over the years. Leicester have failed to win any of their last six fixtures on Valentines Day, their last victory coming at Birmingham in 1970.

For the eleventh time this season the Foxes enter a match looking for consecutive league victories to kick-start their campaign. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Cardiff has left Nigel Pearson’s men looking for a minimum of nine wins from their remaining league matches to give Leicester a shot at the playoffs.

Standing in their way are Watford who, having taken seven points from their last nine find themselves in their highest league position since September. The loss of experienced pros last summer and a reliance on youth has shown itself in an interesting way for the Hornets. If matches had finished at half-time this season, Watford would be 4th in the Championship table. Instead, a season which has seen 11 league goals conceded in the final ten minutes has seen Sean Dyche’s men drop vital points.

Those who do make the journey to Vicaridge Road can look forward to a fixture which has a habit of producing goals. No fewer than 24 have been scored in the past five meetings between these two sides. But the away side hasn’t prevailed in any of the last eight fixtures between these two teams. Perhaps some sexy football will be able to change that for the Foxes.

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