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Watford vs Leicester City: Three players isolated after showing coronavirus symptoms, says Rodgers

By Chris Smith

Brendan Rodgers

Published: 16:46, 12 March 2020

Nigel Pearson will look to get his Watford side back on track against former club Leicester City on Saturday.

The Hornets followed up their incredible 3-0 win over Liverpool with a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Leicester head south on the back of a much-needed 4-0 win over Aston Villa, ending a four-game winless run in the Premier League.

However, if the game is to go ahead, it will do so under the spectre of the coronavirus outbreak, with Brendan Rodgers confirming three unnamed players have been put into self-isolation after showing symptoms of COVID-19.

“We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus),” he told reporters on Thursday.

“We’ve followed procedure and they have been kept away at this moment from the rest of the squad and then we’ll see how that develops.”

On the prospect of the game being played behind closed doors or postponed, he added: “From a football perspective it would be a shame but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this.

“We are guided by organisations and governments.

“We’re guided on that. The game is all about the players and the fans and if you have one that’s not there, then it’s not the same.”

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

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Vicarage Road

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020

Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1

Online & live stream info: BT Sport customers in the UK can stream Watford vs Leicester City live via the BT Sport app.

Last five meetings: Watford vs Leicester City

04 December 2019: Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

03 March 2019: Watford 2-1 Leicester (Premier League)

01 December 2018: Leicester 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

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

26 December 2017: Watford 2-1 Leicester (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Watford (LWLLW) 4-8 Leicester (WLWWL)

Ones to watch

Watford: Troy Deeney

After seeming down and out, Watford have made a real fist of this relegation battle and Troy Deeney has undoubtedly been key to their success.

The 31-year-old has been a battering ram up front for the Hornets but, contrary to his reputation, Deeney is also incredibly adept at combining with his teammates. In his past six Premier League home games, Deeney has been directly involved in six goals – scoring four and adding two assists.

Leicester’s centre-backs will have their work cut out here.

Key stat: Deeney has won 138 aerial duels in the Premier League this season, at least 79 more than any other Watford player.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy

The long wait is over and Jamie Vardy is finally back among the goals.

The former England international grabbed a brace against Aston Villa on Monday, ending his near-four-month wait for a goal.

Rodgers will hope Vardy can carry that confidence into the rest of the season as Leicester battle to stay in the top four.

Key stat: Vardy has scored more goals (19) than any other Premier League player this season.

Team news


Gerard Deulofeu is out for the season with an ACL injury while Daryl Janmaat remains a doubt for this one. Craig Dawson was on the bench against Crystal Palace and is now fit to start, should Pearson need him.

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Leicester City

As mentioned, three unnamed Leicester players have entered self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Ricardo Pereira will sit out the rest of the campaign with an ACL injury picked up in the win over Villa, while James Maddison is sidelined until after the international break with a calf injury.

Daniel Amartey is a long-term absentee but Ben Chilwell is ready to start after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Squawka prediction

Losing against Palace wasn’t exactly the follow-up Watford wanted after that famous win over Liverpool. However, another big point at home against a wildly inconsistent Leicester City side should keep them outside the bottom three.

Scoreline prediction: Watford 2-2 Leicester City


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