England Premier League
Sunday 15th May 2022
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: Vicarage Road
Watford’s final home game of the season will see them take on Leicester in what will certainly feel like an end of the season game given that Watford have already been relegated and that Leicester are not playing for too much, other than trying to finish in the top half of the table.
Roy Hodgson’s side have by far the worst home record in the league with just 8 points won from a possible 54. They did earn a rare point at home in their last game here as they drew 0-0 with Everton. Currently the Hornets are 2 points above bottom side Norwich and so even if it means very little you get the sense that Watford won’t want to finish bottom of the league as they prepare for life in the Championship next season. In the last 10 games Watford have won just four points and conceded 23 times.
Leicester may well be going through the motions at the moment and it’s hard to blame them given how their season has gone. It was all about the Europa Conference League for the club and they had reached the semi-finals but fell to Italians Roma and that was a bitter pill for the club to swallow. However the Foxes will remain the favourites to finish in the top half of the table and end up in 9th place. Away form has really down the Foxes this season with just 3 wins so far and only two points earned from their last 15 on offer. Indeed Leicester have the fourth worst away record in the Premier League.
Watford: Kwadwo Baah has been allowed to go on international duty and won’t be available. Tom Cleverly has a rib injury and is touch and go to be back before the end of the season. Femenia missed out in the last game and looks a doubt for this one too with illness. Joao Pedro has a knock and will be assessed, Joshua King looks set to miss out with illness. Nicolas N’Koulou has a groin injury and will be assessed. Juraj Kucka (knee), Shaqai Fletcher (ankle), Ismailia Sarr (knee), Emmanuel Dennis (knee) and Cucho (hamstring) all look set to miss out and may not return by the end of the season.
Leicester: Ricardo Pereira has a knock and likely won’t feature. Wesley Fofana will have to be assessed for a calf injury, Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand are likely both out for the season. Danny Ward has a knock but is being tipped to be fine.
Watford vs Leicester Head to Head:
Last season this fixture finished 1-1.
Leicester have scored 8 goals against Watford in the past two meetings.
In the last seven meetings Watford has just one victory.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Watford vs Leicester Prediction:
Under normal circumstances it would be tempting to look at Watford’s last home game of the season and say that the players will rise to the occasion and send their fans off with a win. That becomes even more important for a club like Watford given that their fans have had hardly anything to cheer about this season at home, the Manchester United victory comes to mind, but that’s really it. Watford have been abysmal at home and so a last win here would be nice, but you have to wonder if that will happen?
It’s not just Watford’s form and the fact that they are already relegated but also the amount of injuries for the side is piling up and that includes key players like Emmanuel Dennis who despite his clubs poor season has scored enough times to warrant Premier League interest and he looks set to leave the club in the summer.
The other factor on whether or not Watford are capable of winning this game is Jamie Vardy. Vardy when fit has been impressive this season and he is such a dangerous player one could presume that his lengthy spells out have ended up costing Leicester a European place next season. Vardy is back and he wasted no time by scoring a brace against Norwich, Vardy looks a good choice to pick here to get on the score sheet again. The bottom line is that Watford have been too poor to trust and have so many injuries the choice is easy for us and we will be backing the away win.
Watford vs Leicester Betting Tips:
Leicester to beat Watford at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer: Jamie Vardy at 2.05