Leicester City made a fast move to bring in Brendan Rodgers, who watched from the stands as his new team won at home against Brighton. A solid 2-1 win put in place by caretakers Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.
The team selected against Brighton will probably be the same against Watford, with those players who contributed well, getting a chance to bring home another good performance at Vicarage Road tomorrow.
Watford away is not an easy task and espacially Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu are two to look out for. Both have been in good form, not counting the last performance at Anfield, defeated 5-0 by Liverpool.
Watford are as we said on a good run and still running in the FA Cup, reaching the quarter finals after a win away to QPR. They will be up against Crystal Palace at home and can get into the semi’s of that tournament.
Former Leicester City loan player Tom Cleverley is very much involved in the happenings at Watford, and could be in the starting line-up tomorrow, coming on as a sub against Liverpool.
Watford are currently 8th in the table and on 40 points and of course one of the teams to beat in the race for being “best of the rest”, and finishing 7th, and then most certainly get a chance to play in Europe next season.
Brendan Rodgers will be back at the club he once was in charge of, being at Vicarage Road and Watford from November 2008 to May 2009. He had a relatively good time there securing their League Championship status by ending 13th, but when Swansea called straight after the season he decided to “swop” and move to Wales.
The move for Brendan Rodgers happened quickly and many has questioned his reason for quitting a club fighting for three domestic titles north of the boarder, being in charge of one of the greatest brands in football.
The fact that he is doing the total opposite of Martin O’Neill, and quitting Celtic for Leicester is showing that the club is challenging and wants to take a place in the top of English football, be counted and a force with such a type of manager.
The game will be a close affair and hopefully Leicester will come away with something, a draw would be fine, a win would be fantastic and we all hope that Brendan Rodgers comes away from it with a smile on his face.
Jon Moss, hopefully not have to deal with a goalkeeper who are not leaving the field
Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 01.12.17, 2-0, Win, Premier League
Away: 26.12.17, 1-2, Defeat, Premier League
Our prediction is a 1-1 draw
Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Maguire, Evans, Chilwell – Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes, Gray – Maddison – Vardy
Watford: Femenia, Britos
Leicester: Albrighton, Amartey
Watford ware the opponents in the 2012-13 play-off’s and in both games Danny Drinkwater, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy were all subs, Kane and Drinkwater came on home and away, while Vardy was an unused sub on both occasions.
In Both Camps,
Tom Cleverley is today part of the Watford squad, and he was playing at Leicester City on loan in the League 1 season back in 2008-09. Other names that comes to mind are Jordan Stewart, Wayne Brown, Bobby Svarc, Steve Sims, Brian Greenhalgh and Trevor Benjamin. Brendan Rodgers is not the first man to be in management at Leicester and Watford, Dave Bassett has also been in both camps.
The big duel,
Maguire v. Deeney, this duel is the one winning the match, but there are of course one big other duel in the game and that is to find the way to stop Deleufeu who is a pacy man and with two so offensive full backs as Leicester have in Pereira and Chilwell, the defensive work for the Leicester duo will be of crucial importance.