Watford vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
Kick off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: at the Vicarage Road.
The first Saturday of Premier League football for more than three months begins with Watford manager Nigel Pearson welcoming former club Leicester City to Vicarage Road in a 12.30pm kickoff. The Hornets go into the match with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation zone, whereas Leicester are flying high in third and look destined to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Watford vs Leicester: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a win for the Foxes, with a 2-0 scoreline.
- Seven of the prior ten wins had also gone to this same team.
- Seven of the previous eleven games saw the Hornets conceding two or more goals.
- At this venue, the hosts had won seven of the preceding nine encounters.
- The Foxes conceded two or more goals in seven of the former nine visits to this stadium.
Despite such a long break, Watford still have a number of injury concerns for this match with Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success all sidelined. Question marks hang over as many as five others players too, although the doubts surrounding Adam Masina, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, Craig Cathcart and Roberto Pereyra are much less serious and it is possible that all of them could be available to Pearson on Saturday. Crucially, captain Troy Deeney is also likely to be in contention having initially refused to return to training due to fears over coronavirus. Deeney has been involved in six goals from his last six Premier League home games – as many as he had in his previous 25 at Vicarage Road.
Leicester have their own talismanic striker to lead the line at the other end, with Jamie Vardy’s brace against Aston Villa before lockdown taking him to a league-high 19 for the season and 99 in the Premier League for his career. One more goal for the 33-year-old would see him become just the 29th player to join the Premier League 100 club, and only the 16th to have scored 100 goals for a single club in the competition. Leicester are not at full strength, though, with Ricardo Pereira still sidelined for the rest of the campaign due to a knee injury and Daniel Amartey also sidelined. Ayoze Perez will be assessed before the game but should have shaken off a knock in time to feature, while on-loan defender Ryan Bennett is rated at 50-50.
Watford possible starting lineup: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deeney
Leicester possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy