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Watford v Leicester City Live Commentary, 20/06/2020

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C. Dawson (90+3)
B. Chilwell (90)
Vicarage Road


That is all from Vicarage Road, goodbye!
The draw today lifts Watford a point above the relegation zone, however they have played a game more than all of their other relegation rivals. For Leicester, a point sees them go six points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and Rodgers' men will feel they are one step closer to securing Champions League football next season.
Chilwell looked like he had grabbed Leicester a late away win before Dawson's acrobatic finish cancelled out the full-back's goal. Pearson may be frustrated with his side's missed chances in the second half but will be delighted that they could snatch a late equaliser and earn a point. Leicester will feel they should have closed out the game but should be happy with a point at Vicarage Road.
90' + 4' What a turn of events! Watford steal an equaliser at the death, their chances in the second half perhaps justify their late equaliser.
C. Kabasele
90' + 3' I'm not sure how much Kabasele knows about this assist. Watford's outswinging corner hits the centre-back's shin but falls into Dawson's path before he applies the remarkable finish.
C. Dawson
90' + 3' WHAT A GOAL! 1-1. Holebas’ outswinging corner ricochets off of Kabasele before Dawson produces an unbelievable bicycle kick in the six-yard area to score past Schmeichel, who cannot stop the ball despite it hitting his wrist.
90' + 1' A long throw finds Welbeck's feet in the Leicester area but the defence do well to scramble the ball away from danger.
D. Gray
Leicester City
90' Gray receives the ball wide on the right before floating a lovely pass in to the feet of Chilwell on the left of Watford's area.
B. Chilwell
Leicester City
90' GOAL! 1-0 LEICESTER. Sarr's stumble gifts possession to Leicester. Gray has the ball on the right wing and plays a diagonal pass to Chilwell in Watford's area and he arrows a wicked left-footed shot into the top corner of Foster's goal. Leicester may have stolen it at the death!
89' Cleverley steals the ball from Justin on the halfway line but Sarr stumbles and gives the ball away, removing any chance of a counter-attack.
J. Holebas
A. Masina
88' Masina is replaced by Greek full-back Holebas in defence for Watford.
86' Iheanacho receives the ball in the centre circle and quickly finds Maddison in the middle of the pitch, the midfielder rolls in Chilwell, whose floated cross is poaked away by Dawson in Watford's area.
86' Choudhury fights for the ball back in midfield before calmly playing the ball out to Chilwell at left-back, the full-back looks like he has options down the line but opts to retain possesion and play the ball backwards.
85' Kabasele powers past the challenges of Vardy and Maddison before theatrically going down and winning a free-kick for Watford on the right wing. Hughes' ball in is well defended and Leicester win possession back.
84' Iheanacho joins Vardy up front as Rodgers looks to press on and find a late winner. Can Iheanacho make the difference here at Vicarage Road?
K. Ịheanachọ
M. Albrighton
Leicester City
83' Albrighton, who nearly gave Leicester the lead with his powerful shot which struck the inside of the post, is replaced by Iheanacho for Leicester. It looks like Gray is moving out to the right wing.
81' Albrighton's cross is deflected behind for another Leicester corner. Maddison swings in the corner and Evans successfully wins the second ball but Foster easily claims Evan's header and averts any potential threat.
81' Is this game heading for a 0-0 draw and another Watford clean sheet? Watford have kept seven home clean sheets, the joint-best tally in the division alongside Burnley.
80' Deeney's header can only find Maddison in Leicester's midfield, he chips a ball over the top of the Watford defence and Vardy, again, relentlessly pressures Kabasele in to making a decision out wide.
78' Pearson has exercised four of his five subsitutes, which may give an indication of the fitness levels of his Watford players in their first fixture back.
T. Cleverley
A. Doucouré
77' Cleverley replaces Doucoure, who should have given Watford the lead in the first half when he was denied by Schmeichel's feet.
A. Mariappa
Kiko Femenía
77' Femenia is replaced at full-back by Mariappa. The full-back had linked up well with Sarr in this game.
N. Chalobah
E. Capoue
77' Capoue is replaced by Chalobah in Watford's midfield. Capoue looked slightly off his usual form and Pearson will be grateful for Chalobah's fresh legs in Watford's midfield.
H. Choudhury
Y. Tielemans
Leicester City
76' Tielemans is replaced by Choudhury. The Belgian man kept possession well but Rodgers' is opting for fresher legs in midfield.
75' BACK TO BACK CHANCES! Gray latches onto a long ball by Chilwell, the winger then slides in Albrighton, who smashes a shot off the inside of Foster's near post. The ball falls to Gray again on the edge of the area, his pass sets Maddison up for a left-footed shot but Foster does well to parry the ball away for a corner.
73' Ndidi gives the ball away and Hughes slips Welbeck in, the English forward looks like he is breaking away but Justin makes a vital challenge to stop the Watford man's progress.
72' That looked like a nasty challenge on Justin there. Doucoure comes in late on the full-back while the ball was bouncing in the air, perhaps he is lucky to escape a caution there.
71' Pawson gets the game back underway and Foster fires his goal-kick up the pitch.
D. Welbeck
R. Pereyra
69' Welbeck replaces Pereyra and looks like he will join Deeney up front. Pereyra did well to last this long after looking like he was struggling with injury in the first half.
68' The players again stop for their compulsory drinks in the second half. It is looking like one goal could clinch this game at Vicarage Road.
67' Vardy chases a long ball down the right wing and manages to hold the ball up until his Leicester team-mates catch up with him. They work the ball well to Gray on the left side of the area but he curls his shot way over the bar.
D. Gray
H. Barnes
Leicester City
65' Gray replaces Barnes in a straight swap on the left wing. Barnes struggled to get any real grip of the game while he was on the pitch.
64' It looks like we will have our first change of the game as Rodgers' and his assistant appear to be giving instructions to Gray on the bench.
63' Maddison's low corner misses Deeney but is still cleared away by Watford, Justin does well at the back to remove any danger of a Watford coutner-attack.
62' It is easy to forget that Watford's Nigel Pearson has twice managed Leicester, while Foxes head coach Brendan Rodgers has also been on the opposite bench, as he began his managerial career at Watford in 2008. What both managers would give to get one over their old club today.
60' CHANCE! Soyuncu should be scoring from here. Maddison sends an outswinging free-kick in to Watford's six-yard box, Soyuncu is unmarked and manages to head wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. Replays show Dawson may have done well to put the centre-back off of his finish.
60' Chilwell toys with Femenia before dinking a ball over the Watford box, his cross finds Justin, who is brought down and earns Leicester a free-kick outside the right side of Watford's area.
59' This half has been all Watford so far. Leicester have a bit of a reprieve as Vardy manages to earn a foul as he beats Femenia to a loose ball in the Waford half.
57' All Watford's success is coming through Sarr, the Senegalese winger looks like he has the beating of any of the Leicester defence when he gets into a foot race with them.
56' Sarr knocks the ball past Chilwell down the right wing and chips the ball into the Leicester area, Pereyra goes down under the pressure of Justin but Pawson shakes his head and denies any claims for a penalty.
55' The game has opened up in the second half and chances are coming from open play. However, 24% of the Premier League goals scored in fixtures between Leicester and Watford have been penalties (6/25), the highest ratio of any of the 469 fixtures to have seen at least 20 goals scored.
53' Leicester counter-attack from a Watford free-kick but Barnes' long ball is defended by Foster, who finds himself rushing out to around 25 yards out to clear the ball away from Vardy.
52' Maddison rifles a ball into Vardy's feet and the striker slides in Chilwell down the left wing, his cross is too deep and is headed away by Masina.
51' Deeney may feel he should have done better with that chance. He has been involved in six goals in his last six Premier League home games (4 goals, 2 assists), as many as he had in his previous 25 at Vicarage Road (5 goals, 1 assist).
50' ANOTHER CHANCE! Femenia links up with Sarr and reaches the byline, the full-back's deflected cross finds Deeney on the edge of the six-yard box but he cannot sneak his header inside the post.
49' Hughes looks to weave his way through the Leicester defence but Soyuncu deals with the danger and Leicester have a goal-kick.
48' CHANCE! Capoue finds the ball deep in Watford's half and plays a delicate pass straight through the heart of the Leicester defence. Sarr is through on goal but fails to chip the ball over the advancing Schmeichel in the Leicester net.
47' Maddison's free-kick from a good position is sent straight into the Watford wall and Leicester recycle possession.
47' Maddison threads the ball through to Tielemans, who dances round Dawson and is then brought down. Leicester have a free-kick in the centre of the pitch around 25 yards out.
46' Capoue sends a long ball forward from kick-off and Albrighton is immediately bundled over by Deeney, earning Leicester a free-kick.
46' The players are back out and referee Pawson gets the game back underway!
As it stands, Watford will go a point above the relegation zone with a draw. However, Pearson will surely be suggesting at half-time that Leicester are there for the taking. For Rodgers' side, they look dangerous on the break, especially with Vardy up against Kabasele, but they have failed to capitalise on their strong start in the first quarter of the game.
Watford may feel they should have taken the lead through Doucoure midway through the first half and then with the chance just before half-time from Sarr's cross. Leicester did start the brighter of the two sides but the teams go in 0-0 at half-time.
45' + 2' CHANCE! Sarr swings in a curling cross with his right foot, with both Kabasele and Pereyra ready to tap the ball in from three yards out, Justin somehow gets in the way and deflects the ball away from danger. That chance came from nothing and caught Leicester napping.
45' + 1' Maddison's corner does not beat the first man and Femenia heads the ball away.
45' There will be three minutes of added time here at Vicarage Road and Leicester have another corner, courtesy of Albrighton on the right side of midfield.
44' Maddison releases Vardy with a brilliant ball with the outside of his right foot. Dawson does well to get round and cover Kabasele, clearing the ball high in to the stands.
43' Watford have improved after the cooling break but do not look like they will threaten Leicester's goal. They have failed to score in a league-high 13 different Premier League games this season. However, they’re yet to go consecutive league games without a goal under Nigel Pearson.
41' Sarr easily glides round Chilwell and reaches the byline, yet again his final ball cannot find a Watford shirt, much to the frustration of Pearson on the touchline.
Y. Tielemans
Yellow Card
Leicester City
40' Doucoure escapes down the right wing and is brought down by Tielemans, who is booked for his efforts in stopping the counter-attack.
38' Maddison wins the ball back off of Hughes before Barnes is crowded out of the Watford area and the attack comes to nothing.
37' Albrighton goes round Masina near the byline and the full-back gives away a corner which is then cleared well by Deeney.
36' This is a better spell for Watford, they are pressing Leicester higher up the pitch and nearly nicked a goal there from Ndidi's lack of concentration.
34' CHANCE! Deeney dispossesses Ndidi on the edge of Leicester's area and finds Doucoure in acres of space but he can only send his shot straight at the feet of Schmeichel in the Leicester net. He should have done better from there perhaps.
34' Masina sends in a lovely ball from the left side of midfield which finds Doucoure in the area, he sends an effort well wide of the goal from 16 yards out.
33' From the resulting free-kick, Evans does well to shelter the ball away from Dawson in the six-yard box.
32' Maddison needlessly brings down Femenia on the right wing and Watford have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
31' Evans does well to sweep up the danger as Capoue breaks away from Justin. A little touch there and Deeney was through on goal.
31' Despite Pearson’s strong home record, Watford have won just one of their last seven Premier League games (D2 L4), though that victory was in their last home game and came against runaway leaders Liverpool (3-0).
29' Watford feel the ball has gone out but the officials disagree. Doucoure then fails to intercept the ball and it falls to Ndidi, who sends a wild shot well wide of Foster's goal.
28' Hughes comes in late through the back of Maddison and Leicester have a free-kick near the centre circle.
26' The play is back underway and Leicester are back dominating the ball again, so far they have had 65% of the possession in this game.
25' Rodgers' men may look the fitter of the two so far but Leicester are winless in their last three away league games and have failed to score in the last two.
23' We are halfway through the first half at Vicarage Road and the players now go off for their cooling break.
22' Deeney feeds Sarr down the right wing, the winger looks like he has overrun the ball and then goes down under the pressure of Soyuncu but Pawson immediately gives a goal-kick.
21' Hughes dispossesses Ndidi in midfield and looks to break away before he is cynically brought down by the Nigerian. Ndidi can perhaps feel a little lucky to escape a booking there.
19' It has been a decent start for Leicester so far. Prior to this fixture, the Foxes have taken 37 points from a possible 45 against teams currently in the bottom half (W12, D1, L2).
17' Ndidi floats a lovely ball over to Justin on the right of Watford's area and his ball is deflected away by Masina for a corner. Has that hit his arm? VAR have had a quick check and decided it is just a Leicester corner.
16' Maddison's long ball is poorly controlled by Kabasele at the back and Vardy latches onto the loose ball. He manages to cut back onto his right foot but lashes the ball wide from around 25 yards out.
14' Albrighton delivers one of his signature curling right-footed crosses from deep on the right wing but Vardy cannot stretch to reach the cross and the ball goes out for a Watford goal-kick.
13' After a steady start the game seems to be opening up with both Justin and Chilwell being offered a lot of space in the wide areas. It is a big task for Justin today, making only his fourth Premier League start and replacing Leicester's attacking full-back Pereira.
11' CHANCE! Vardy makes a great run towards the front post and is nearly found by Chilwell's low cross, however the danger is dealt with by Dawson's sliding challenge and the ball is turned away for a corner. If he had missed that, that would have been a certain goal.
10' Before this game, Rodgers was keen to point out that in German football the statistics show a reduction in home advantage with no crowds. Can Leicester capitalise on the lack of atmosphere today at Vicarage Road?
8' Pereyra clips a delicate chip into the path of Deeney, who nods the ball down for Doucoure but the Leicester defence do well to intercept the pass before the Frenchman is through on goal.
7' Since Nigel Pearson’s first home match in charge of Watford (22nd December), only Liverpool (18) have won more points in home Premier League games than the Hornets (13 – W4 D1 L1).
5' A poor pass by Kabasele allows Vardy some space around the Watford area, his pass finds Maddison but his shot is blocked by the head of Dawson before it can reach Foster's goal.
3' Both Tielemans and Justin are brought down one after the other and Leicester have a free-kick on the right side of Watford's defence but the cross does not beat the first man.
2' Will Hughes goes wandering down the right wing early on and earns a corner for Watford. The corner is well defended under the pressure of Kabasele and Leicester clear the ball.
2' This fixture represents Brendan Rodgers' 200th Premier League match as a manager. He is the second Northern Irishman to reach this landmark, after Martin O'Neill (359).
1' Referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle and we are underway at Vicarage Road!
The teams have separately made their way out of the tunnel and we are nearing kick-off.
It could be a tough fixture for Leicester today. They have won just two of their last 10 league visits to Watford (D1 L7), winning most recently during their title-winning season in 2015-16.
For Leicester, Dennis Praet and Ricardo Pereira drop out with injuries and will be replaced by Chilwell and Tielemans. In their third change to the side that beat Aston Villa in their last match, Vardy replaces Iheanacho to lead the Foxes’ line.
The Hornets make one change from their last fixture against Crystal Palace, with Dawson replacing Cathcart in defence. Despite his late return to training, captain Deeney starts up front. Watford are also without the injured trio of Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success.
SUBS: Wes Morgan, Hamza Choudhury, Danny Ward, Ayoze Perez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Christian Fuchs, Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bennett.
LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Kasper Schmeichel; James Justin, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell; Wilfred Ndidi; Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
SUBS: Igancio Pussetto, Heurelho Gomes, Craig Cathcart, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Andre Gray, Jose Holebas, Nathaniel Chalobah, Adrian Mariappa.
WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Kiko Femenia, Christian Kabasele, Craig Dawson, Adam Masina; Etienne Capoue, Will Hughes; Ismaila Sarr, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Roberto Pereyra; Troy Deeney.
A win today for Brendan Rodgers’ men would go a long way to securing their top-four position. For Nigel Pearson’s side, a win would see Watford climb to fifteenth place. However, they remain in an ominous position, hanging just a point above Aston Villa, while also level on points with both Bournemouth and West Ham.
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