History says Hornets can sting Leicester with a high-scoring win

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After the goal that never was against Brighton, Gianfranco Zola may actually welcome the visit of Leicester to Vicarage Road with this fixture boasting a history of goal-laden results that have usually gone in the Hornets’ favour.

Watford are 13/10 for the victory and have won four of the last five between the two, with three or more goals scored on each occasion.

And though the Foxes represent one of the Championship’s form teams their record on the road leaves a lot to be desired, with just one win from their previous four away games.

Nigel Pearson’s team also have a tendency to leak goals with Kasper Schmeichel failing to keep a clean sheet in any of the team’s last nine competitive fixtures.

With Watford priced at 5/2 to win with over 2.5 goals scored in the match, backing last season’s beaten playoff finalists in this market looks a shrewd move.

The goals could certainly flow at either end come Saturday, with the added statistic that Zola’s team have failed to keep out the opposition in four of their previous five – making odds of 4/6 on both teams scoring something of a banker.

Meanwhile, the more cautious who fancy either a Leicester win (2/1) or draw (23/10) could opt to simply back over 2.5 goals being scored, with 17/20 available, backed up by the Midlands side’s record of three or more combined goals in each of their preceding nine matches.

As ever, their main man will be David Nugent with the one-time England international notching up a commendable four in the Foxes’ last five Championship games and priced at 7/4 to score anytime against the Hornets.

Watford, meanwhile, will be hoping Fernando Forestieri can go one better than his controversial AMEX effort with another goal to add to the two he has scored in the Londoner’s last three league games,and with the Italian available at 9/4 anytime, he’s certainly one to watch out for.

 

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.