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Betting Tips for Today: Late drama expected as Rodgers takes charge of Leicester City against Watford

10:01 AM GMT 01/03/2019
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The Foxes have a new man in the dug-out for Sunday's Premier League clash at Vicarage Road which looks set to feature plenty of action after half-time

Brendan Rodgers is back in the Premier League as the former Celtic and Liverpool boss takes charge of Leicester City for the first time.

Sunday's trip to Watford is no easy start for the 49-year-old though. 888Sport make the Foxes 2/1 (3.0) underdogs at Vicarage Road while the home side are available at 29/20 (2.45).

None of the last seven head-to-head league meetings between the pair have ended level but it's 47/20 (3.35) that the sides share the spoils in this one.

One of the main issues with Claude Puel's managerial style in his time at Leicester was how slow out of the blocks the team had become. The East Midlands outfit have scored just 11 first half goals in the Premier League this term compared to 23 conceded.

Rodgers will hope to address that spate of lethargic openings but there's a clear trend towards the Foxes doing their best work after the half-time interval this term. Sunday's visitors have scored 68 per cent of their league goals in the second 45 minutes of matches.

Late action has been a feature of Watford's games too with the Hornets netting 24 times after the interval compared to just 15 before it. These trends are even more pronounced when considering the home and away records of both teams.

71% of Watford's home league goals this season have been scored after half-time. Meanwhile, a massive 83% of Leicester's strikes on the road have come in the second 45 minutes.

Over 1.5 second half goals looks a solid option for punters at 6/5 (2.20) with 888Sport, especially given the early start at Vicarage Road which could lead to a lack of intensity initially.

Those seeking a bigger price are advised to consider the 12/5 (3.40) about both teams to score in the second half with the same firm.

Over 1.5 second half goals at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport