Watford 12/1 for third 2-1 win over Leicester this term in play-offs
Watford and Leicester could not be heading into their first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final in more different states of mind – for Leicester the joy of redemption, for the Hornets the pain having to start from scratch having come within touching distance of promotion.
Amidst the ridiculous drama of the final day of the Championship season Watford were shedding players left, right and centre as two goalkeepers and striker Troy Deeney left the pitch during the match with Leeds. Whilst both goalkeepers may well end up being available for the King Power Stadium first leg, Deeney’s suspension will be a significant blow for the Hornets, for whom 20-goal Championship Player of the Year Matej Vydra is in the midst of a 12-game goal famine.
There is a risk that the effects of that final day disappointment on the Watford psyche could overplayed and providing the golden boys are not too decimated by that result then their tight away defence should see them bring a workable score line back to Vicarage Road. The Hornets have conceded more than a single goal in just four of their last 20 Championship road games.
In contrast Leicester have sneaked into the play-offs despite a particularly permissive defence, going 13 games without a clean sheet and shipping two goals or more in seven of their past nine outings. Equally the Foxes goal-threat has reappeared with two or more notched in four of their last five games.
With Watford the Championship’s top away scorers by a healthy nine goals, both sides can be backed to score at 7/10 with Coral.
Watford have held the sign over the Foxes in their regular season clashes this term, winning 2-1 home and away and given the Hornets’ propensity for getting positive results against the big teams – Gianfranco Zola’s outfit have won at Hull and Leicester in recent weeks – they can be backed to beat their hosts at 11/4.
Coral go 12/1 about a third 2-1 Watford win against Leicester of the season and given their hosts’ concession record and their own ability to score on the road it’s a far from unlikely outcome.