Leicester are currently 13th in Premier League, Watford a few places below in 16th. This is of course emotional as it is the first time back for Claudio Ranieri at this football club being in charge of an opponent.
His start at Watford has been all about giant killing defeating Everton away and Man Utd at home in two of their games under Claudio, but also seeing a few bad results on the way.
Date: 28.11.21, Venue: King Power Stadium, Match: Premier League
Watford do have a team with a number of well established Premier League professionals and Norwegian top forward Joshua King has really made the most of his presence after the arrival of Claudio Ranieri, watch out for King as his goalscoring abilities are well documented.
Leicester had a bit of a lift midweek v. Legia Warsaw and winning is of course important with both Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy rested, but players are expected to be back for today’s game.
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Manager: Brendan Rodgers, profile
Likely Line-Up, (4-3-3), Schmeichel – Castagne, Thomas, Evans, Soyuncu – Ndidi, Soumare, Maddison – Vardy, Perez, Barnes, Subs: Ward, Lookman, Iheanacaho, Daka, Dewsbury-Hall, Amartey, Bertrand
Manager: Claudio Ranieri, profile
Likely Line-Up, (4-5-1), Foster – Masina, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Feminia – Hernandez, Sissoko, Louza, Cleverley, Dennis – King, Subs: Pedro, Bachmann, Gosling, Tufan, Rose, Fletcher
In Both Camps – Watford
TCF Prediction: 2-0 – Win
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Looking in the back mirror you have a number of games to remember one of course the play-off with a certain Nigel Pearson missing the promotion in that play-off game seeing The Hornets did secure a 3-1 win in the second game, Leicester winning the opener 1-0 at home. That game also had Danny Drinkwater, Jame Vardy and Harry Kane on the bench for Leicester, Pearson just letting Drinkwater getting minutes, leaving two of the top strikers of English football to become, on the benchEmbed from Getty Images
Watford and Leicester has since played each other 12 times, Leicester winning 7, Watford with 3 wins and 2 ending as draws.
We all know how Watford did return to the top in the early 80’s and with a certain Steve Sims in their team taking surprisingly the step down to the 3rd tier and joined Watford from Leicester and again teaming up with Graham Taylor as he knew him from his schoolboy days in Lincoln.
In recent years players such as Jordan Stewart, Danny Drinkwater and Tom Cleverley are names to mention with a life in both camps. Not to forget of course managers Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri both being in charge at Leicester and Watford.Embed from Getty Images
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