Watford vs Leicester
Watford's four-game unbeaten run was brought down to a crashing end on Wednesday when they were thumped 5-0 by table-toppers Liverpool at Anfield and the Hornets will be looking for an instant response.
Javi Gracia's side won their last match at Vicarage Road - beating Everton 1-0 - and they have suffered just one home defeat from their last five games, that coming against Chelsea on Boxing Day.
The Hertfordshire outfit could keep three consecutive home clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017 and they have full-back Kiko Femenia back in contention after six weeks out with a thigh injury.
Leicester begin a new era on Sunday after replacing Claude Puel with Rodgers, who returns to England after a two-and-a-half-year stint in Scotland, having guided Celtic to the 'double-treble' last season.
The Foxes picked up a 2-1 win at home to Brighton with their new manager in the stands on Tuesday and they will be looking to record back-to-back victories for the first time since Boxing Day.
Midfielders Daniel Armartey and Marc Albrighton are the only absentees for the 2015/16 English champions, with Rodgers expected to stick with the same starting XI that defeated the Seagulls.
Leicester seemed to be on the ropes when the team suffered their third straight league defeat last weekend. A 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace seems a devastating one at first glance however, the Foxes did have 27 attempts at goal and were unlucky to concede the opener.
Nevertheless, Claude Puel was given his marching orders the next day and was briskly replaced by now former Celtic boss, Brendan Rodgers.
Watford, on the other hand, went from the heights of thrashing Cardiff 5-1 to the lows of getting thrashed 5-0 by league leaders Liverpool.
When it comes to their home form, there is certainly a lot more to be desired from a Watford point of view. The Hornets have won six of their 13 matches at Vicarage Road but also faced five defeats.
However, in more recent times, Javi Garcia’s have improved and are now looking for a third consecutive clean sheet at home since April 2017.
The betting recommendation in this game is to back the hosts. While Leicester’s 2-1 win over Brighton may have lifted spirits, it was a victory against a side in serious need of form.
A second betting recommendation concerns penalties. Since Watford returned to the top flight in the 2015/16 season, meetings between them and the Foxes have seen more penalty goals than any other fixture in the competition.
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