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Leicester vs Watford preview, predictions & possible XIs as Fuchs replaces Chilwell

By Ben Green

Published: 18:57, 4 December 2019

Leicester City can keep up the pressure on pacesetters Liverpool with a win over managerless Watford on Wednesday.

The Foxes left it late to seal three points over the weekend, with Kelechi Iheanacho netting at the death against Everton to keep the East Midlands club second in the Premier League table. However, they have since been usurped by Manchester City on goal difference.

Meanwhile, the Hornets parted company with their second manager of the season, wielding the axe on Quique Sanchez Flores after just 12 games in charge. Hayden Mullins will take temporary charge of the basement club for their match at the King Power Stadium.

Read on for Leicester vs Watford preview, predictions, team news, TV info and more.

When is Leicester vs Watford and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: King Power Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Kick-off: 7:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): The game is not available on traditional television but will be streamed live on Amazon Prime Video.

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Last five meetings: Leicester vs Watford

03 Mar 2019Watford 2-1 Leicester (Premier League)

01 Dec 2018Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

20 Jan 2018: Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

26 Dec 2017Watford 2-1 Leicester (Premier League)

06 May 2017Leicester 3-0 Watford (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Leicester City (LWWLW) 9-4 Watford (WLLWL)

Ones to watch

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy

Have we travelled back in time or is Jamie Vardy simply this good? The Foxes forward is evoking strong memories of a time when he was scoring at sheer will just before Christmas in that famous 2015/16 title-winning season.

He has now scored in six successive games after netting Leicester’s first in their dramatic turnaround against Everton at the weekend, and will surely have Gareth Southgate on the phone asking him to reconsider retirement if he keeps up this stellar form.

Key stat: Jamie Vardy is currently leading the race for the 2019/20 Premier League Golden Boot with 13 goals to his name.

Watford: Gerard Deulofeu

With only one win and a mere nine goals to their name this season, Watford are in all sorts of trouble, but one player who has shown flashes of quality and will be key for this relegation dogfight is Gerard Deulofeu.

The Spaniard hasn’t been the most consistent this season but is a fine player on his day. Whoever succeeds Flores will need to get the best out of this mercurial winger if Watford are to beat the drop.

Key stat: No Watford player has completed more dribbles in the Premier League this season than Gerard Deulofeu (50).

Team news

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has made one change from the team that dramatically beat Everton on Sunday, with Christian Fuchs replacing Ben Chilwell – who is not in the matchday squad.

Iheanacho came on and made the difference over the weekend, but will once again have to settle for a substitute appearance, being left on the bench once more. 

Confirmed XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Ndidi; Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

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Troy Deeney returns for the Hornets in their only change from the defeat to Southampton on Saturday. The striker replaces Jose Holebas who misses out with an ankle injury.

Adam Masina steps in at left-back with Flores going for a back four, with Deeney the sole striker playing just ahead of Deulofeu.

Confirmed XI: Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Mariappa, Masina; Capoue, Doucoure; Sarr, Deulofeu, Hughes; Deeney.

Squawka prediction

With Leicester seemingly unstoppable at the minute and flying high in the Premier League they should have no difficulties overcoming a side bottom of the Premier League table and without a manager. Under the King Power lights, the Foxes should steamroll past Watford and keep up their sensational form.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 3-0 Watford