Leicester were expected to again challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season and that could still be the case, but there is no getting away from the fact that the Foxes have struggled for form this term.
Indeed, a record of four wins, three draws and five defeats from 12 matches has brought them 15 points, which is only good enough for 12th position heading into the next set of fixtures in England’s top flight.
The FA Cup holders have not been victorious in the league since overcoming Brentford on October 24, picking up just a point from their last three games against Arsenal, Leeds United and Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers’s side did manage to pick up a huge three points in the Europa League on Thursday night, though, with a 3-1 success over Legia Warsaw moving them to the top of Group C.
Leicester now have three straight league games against Watford, Southampton and Aston Villa before a trip to Napoli in the Europa League, and they will be desperate to move closer to the European positions.
Watford, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a huge 4-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend, which led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing his job as head coach of the Red Devils.
Man United were hugely disappointing on the afternoon, but the Hornets deserve immense credit for their performance, with Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis finding the back of the net in a brilliant result for the home team.
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Claudio Ranieri’s side moved onto 16th spot in the table with the three points, boasting a record of four wins, one draw and seven defeats from their 12 matches back at this level of football.
Watford are actually only three points off the top half of the table and will be desperate to put another victory on the board ahead of back-to-back home fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Hertfordshire outfit have not beaten Leicester away from home in the league since April 2013, though, and suffered a 2-0 defeat on their last trip to the King Power Stadium in December 2019