The suspended striker was sorely missed as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg, but Al Hain-Cole expects him to make up for lost time in an end-to-end semi-finalAfter looking in control for much of the first leg, Dave Nugent’s late winner at the King Power Stadium has left Watford with plenty of work to do when Leicester come to visit on Sunday.
Gianfranco Zola’s men only missed out on automatic promotion by the narrowest of margins, but are now in desperate need of victory in order to avoid another season in the Championship, with Coral offering odds of 7/5 (2.40) on them making a comeback.
The Foxes’ play-off clinching win at Nottingham Forest on the final day of the season was their first on the road in nine matches, and they are outsiders at 15/8 (2.88) to make it two in a row at Vicarage Road.
Nigel Pearson’s side had drawn their previous two away fixtures, and they would be more than satisfied with a stalemate on this occasion, available at 23/10 (3.30).
The Hornets will have to be on the front foot from the beginning in order to get themselves back into the tie, and cannot afford to replicate the wastefulness in front of goal which saw them come away empty-handed from the first leg.
Fortunately for them, this seems unlikely in front of their own fans, where they have scored 33 goals in their last 15 games, though their emphasis on attack may leave them exposed at the back.
An end-to-end game appears to be in the offing, and it is well worth backing over 2.5 goals to be scored, available at odds of 8/11 (1.73).
That bet would have paid out in 10 of the hosts’ last 11 home matches, as well as five of Leicester’s last six.
Zola’s attack will be boosted by the return of the suspended Troy Deeney, whose careless red card in the final day defeat against Leeds cost his side both on the day and in the semi-final first leg.
The striker will be keen to make amends for his lack of discipline, and with five goals in his previous seven, the script is written for him to mark his return by opening the scoring with his 20th strike of the season, available at 5/1 (6.00) odds.
|Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Coral
||Troy Deeney to score first at 5/1 (6.00) with Coral
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