Leicester City-Watford Betting Preview: Goals for the visitors as the race for promotion heats up

Two sides gunning for promotion meet at the King Power Stadium, with goals on the agenda for the away side with our tipster Hugh Wilson picking out a 15/4 bet
With Hull City on the verge of automatic promotion from the Championship, Watford travel to Leicester City in need of a win to keep up the pressure on the Tgers in the fight for second place in the league.

They'll meet a Leicester City side unbeaten in four and trying to fight their way back into the play-off positions, where they have been for much of the season.

Gianfranco Zola’s men are currently on a hugely inconsistent run. Their 4-0 drumming of Blackburn last weekend came after two straight losses against relegation threatened Peterborough United and Millwall.

Trailing rivals Hull by four points with two matches remaining, this is a must win game for the Hornets, with Bet365 pricing them as the underdogs at 14/5 (3.80) to gain maximum points. If they fail to win then the Tigers will have their promotion confirmed.

Leicester City have had a torrid third quarter to the season. After starting 2013 well with four straight wins, the Foxes have recorded two wins in their last 16 matches, a run which has seen them slip from the automatic promotion spot to just outside the play-off positions.

Nigel Pearson’s men, along with bitter rivals Nottingham Forest, are battling it out with Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace for the final two play-off places.

This Friday night fixture is a must win game for the hosts if they are to have any hope of playing Premier League football next season, and Pearson’s men are priced at evens (2.00) with Bet365 to take all three points.  The same firm have the draw at 14/5 (3.80).

A bet that stands out is in the team goals market. Watford are the highest scorers in the league by a country mile. The Hornets have found the back of the net on 82 occasions in the Championship, with the next best team on 69 goals.

Watford to score over 1.5 goals is a fantastic price at 13/8 (2.63) with Bet365. This bet would have paid out in 29 league games this season, and with Leicester conceding two goals in each of their last three matches and five of their last seven, this is certainly worth backing.

For those looking for more value, the first goalscorer market is worth looking at. When Leicester City striker Chris Wood joined in January, he found the net nine times in his first nine matches. After that he went nine games without a goal, but he’s got his scoring boots back on, scoring in his last two games, and is 15/4 ( 4.75) with Bet365 to open the scoring. 

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Watford to score over 1.5 goals at 13/8 (2.63) with bet365
Chris Wood to score first at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365

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