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Leicester City vs Watford Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
23 November 2023, 12:33

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Everything was going great for Leicester City at the start of their 2023/24 campaign in the EFL Championship, as Enzo Maresca’s team was bagging one win after another and sitting confidently in first place. However, the Foxes suffered two consecutive defeats right before the international break and are now tied on points with Ipswich Town.

Getting a win once the season resumes would be the perfect way to respond, but their next opponents, Watford, are a tough bunch. The game is scheduled for 3 pm local time on Saturday, November 25.

In our Leicester City vs Watford prediction, we will dive deeper into the recent forms of the two teams.

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Despite the recent mishaps, Leicester City still remain the league leaders with 39 points. The Foxes boast the best defensive record in the EFL Championship with just 10 conceded goals in 16 matches and also have a solid attack with 29 strikes.

Nevertheless, it is no crime admitting that Leicester were indeed outplayed in their recent losses. First, Leeds United simply converted their chances better. And then, Middlesbrough parked a bust that Enzo Maresca did not have the keys to. 

Moreover, the Foxes have conceded in four of their last five matches, suggesting that something stopped working in their defence.

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Another crucial thing to consider before moving on to the Leicester City vs Watford tips is the visitors’ form. The Hornets had a slow start to the season and were sitting just one spot above the relegation zone at one point.

However, Watford have improved significantly in recent weeks and are currently on a six-match lossless streak, recording three wins and three draws. Their last game before the break was a convincing 5-0 victory over Rotherham United, which should boost the team’s confidence ahead of the match at King Power Stadium.

The team coached by Valerien Ismael has a decent scoring output with 23 goals, although they have also conceded a lot – 18 goals, to be exact.

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Best odds: Leicester City vs Watford

Betting Tips Leicester City vs Watford

Leicester City win

To kick off our Leicester City vs Watford odds, we will go ahead and say that the Foxes will return to the winning track on Saturday. Bet365 offer 1.50 odds on a win for the hosts.

While we have praised the Hornets’ recent form, we should add that those positive results came against teams from the bottom half of the table. That’s why these numbers need to be put into context.

In spite of the two recent losses, we cannot claim that Leicester are in a rut at the moment, those were defeats at the hands of comparable rivals. Maresca has had two whole weeks to tweak his tactics, and we should expect an improved team at King Power Stadium this weekend. With Ipswich catching up, the full points against Watford are now a must.

Both teams to score? Yes

What we will say, though, is that Leicester’s defensive rigidity no longer seems to be there. The loss of Wilfrid Ndidi due to injury may have played a role, as the defensive midfielder has been a regular starter for the Foxes this term. The team has had to adapt to his absence, which hasn’t gone great.

Thus, we expect both teams to score on Saturday. We have highlighted Watford’s solid attack already, and now we should mention Mileta Rajovic who – with six strikes in the EFL Championship – has scored more than any Leicester player. The 24-year-old netted a brace in the previous match for Watford and will arrive on Saturday looking for more.

Bet365’s odds on both teams scoring stand at 1.91. If you want to combine this tip with the previous Leicester City vs Watford prediction, then Bet365 give 3.50 odds on both teams scoring and Leicester claiming the win.

Over 9 corners

Finally, we expect quite a few corner kicks in our Leicester City vs Watford tips. The odds on over 9 corner kicks stand at 1.73 on Bet365.

Playing at home, the Foxes will certainly look to mount the pressure on Watford from the very first minute. The Hornets are no strangers to adapting a more defensive approach if the situation requires it, and this is exactly what we see happening on Saturday. 

One consequence of one team attacking in waves and the other sitting back and looking for the perfect opportunity to counter is the high number of corner kicks. Against a bloated defence, any shot can take a deflection and go out for a corner kick. Watford’s goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is quite confident on the line and will palm away some attempts on target as well.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Leicester City vs Watford odds are mere suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on you own judgement in the end.

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