Leicester vs Watford

England, Championship – Play Offs, 09.05.2013, 20:45h

Leicester and Watford entered play-off stage in a mediocre form, but now both teams are having a change to turn the whole season around and make a great progress by achieving the Premier League position for next season. This will be a first match of the play-off semifinals, as Leicester finished the regular part of the season at sixth position and Watford was third. Leicester is coming into this game from a local derby and victory away from home against Nottingham Forest 2:3 last weekend, as the guests made a small surprise turning over the game as they were 1:0 down already in third minute, but manage to take over the lead in first halftime already. Even though hosts replied at the beginning of the second, three minutes inside the additional time Leicester earned their precious victory and three points that granted them the sixth position and play-off entrance. Home side will have no injury nor suspension worries for the most important game of the season for them for now. leicestervswatfordWatford, on the other side, is coming from a 1:2 loss at home against Leeds, as the team desperately needed much better result in order to get the second position at the table and earn direct promotion from the regular season. However, big motivation from the home crowd didn’t help them fully as the team conceded the goal in the 95th minute of the match, being unable to claim the victory as they had to play with a man less from 63rd minute. Even though they had the best attack in the league, Watford had to get satisfied with the third position only – but is surely one of the main favorites to claim the promotion. Guests will be without striker Dini (19 goals this season), while defenders Hoban and Newton are doubtful, just as goalkeeper Almunia. Both teams will probably try to search for the victory here as the away goal rule doesn’t apply in the play-offs and Leicester doesn’t need to worry about conceding a goal too much – both sides simply have to give their best in two matches and see who is better. Watford was the best attacking side in the league and are surely not coming to defend, while Leicester knows that they can’t hope for anything in case of a setback here.

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Bet: Both teams to score @ 1.80

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