Watford-Leicester City Preview

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the work of former Fox Claudio Ranieri, who will lead Watford to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Ranieri guided Leicester to shock Premier League title in 2015-16 before departing with the club just a point above the relegation zone.

Now Foxes manager Rodgers has his side 13th in the league, struggling recently after a 3-0 loss against Chelsea. However, much of the Northern Irishman's focus was on his opposite number pre-game.

"As well as winning the Premier League it would be the feeling, the feeling the team gave not only Leicester supporters but those around the world," Rodgers said.

"What that gave was the hope that it can be done and it's possible to do it. That gave belief not just to Leicester but to every club.

"To see him win his first title as a manager was special as well. He will always be held in the highest regard here.

"Just watching the whole story and the joy it gave people, it was a special, iconic, season. In any sport it is probably one of the greatest that ever was. That story is iconic and his association with Leicester, they have a bond forever."

Watford are four points clear of the relegation zone after hammering Manchester United 4-1 last weekend and Ranieri is hoping for happy returns as he travels back to his old club.

"Always this Premier League (title) will be in my heart during all my life," said Ranieri.

"The job gave to me good emotion and I am very proud to be part of Leicester's fairytale and history, very happy. But I want to write new things here in Watford.

"It will be a big emotion from the beginning and after the match, during the match I know I am an opponent and I try to do my best."

Leicester City - Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last three Premier League home games against Watford, with all three of these strikes coming from the penalty spot.

Watford - Emmanuel Dennis

Emmanuel Dennis has scored four goals and assisted five more in just 11 Premier League appearances for Watford - should he score in this game, he would be only the sixth player in Premier League history to reach both five goals and assists in 12 or fewer games, after Eric Cantona (11), Jurgen Klinsmann (12), Arjen Robben (11), Andrey Arshavin (10) and Bruno Fernandes (9).

·Watford manager Claudio Ranieri - who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2015-16 - has won just one of his six Premier League games against sides he's previously managed (D2 L3), beating Chelsea 2-1 in December 2015 with the Foxes.

·Leicester have lost their last two Premier League home games by an aggregate score of 5-0. They last lost three consecutive home league games without scoring back in September 1983.

·Only Norwich City (1) have scored the opening goal in fewer Premier League games than Watford this season (3). However, the Hornets have gone on to win all three games in which they've scored first.

·Though they've failed to score in a joint league-high seven different Premier League games this season, only six sides have scored more goals than Watford (16) in the competition so far this term.

·Leicester have lost just one of their last 12 home league games against Watford (W9 D2), going down 2-1 in April 2013 in the Championship. The Foxes have won each of their last five such games by an aggregate score of 11-1.

Updated November 27, 2021

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