Promotion contenders put together good runs of form, but they also bounce back quickly from setbacks. This is the latest challenge for Nigel Pearson’s side to overcome as they attempt to reclaim top spot.
This setting hasn’t been a happy one for the Foxes. Leicester have scored seven times in their last three visits to Vicarage Road, but they’ve left with just one point from a possible nine. It’s not just a Watford thing, Leicester have lost ten of their last eleven away games inside the M25.
In fact, there hasn’t been an away win in any of the last nine meetings between the two sides, but Leicester’s away form is improving. True, seven sides (including Watford) have won more away games than the Foxes, but City are unbeaten on the road in three. Better yet, their last pair of back-to-back away games resulted in six precious points. Four would be an excellent haul from this game and the trip to Bolton.
It’s difficult to know what to make of this inconsistent Watford side (cruelly dubbed ‘Udinese B’ in some parts). The Hornets have won just two at home, have lost three of the last four and averaged just a goal a game in front of their own fans. In part their up and down season must surely have something to do with Gianfranco Zola using 30 players in just 13 Championship matches this season.
But fans expecting this to be a topsy turvy game might be disappointed. Only The Valley (10) has witnessed fewer goals than Vicarage Road this season (12).