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WATFORD'S nightmare end to the season could be about to get worse when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in their play-off semi-final first leg clash.
The Hornest endured two goalkeeping injuries, a red card, a late winner from Leeds' Ross McCormack and a comeback from Hull against Cardiff on the last day of the league seasonas Gianfranco Zola's side lost out on automatic promotion.
Zola must now rouse his team for a difficult trip to Leicester – although they did triumph there 2-1 there just two weeks ago. But the Hornets will be without the man that opened the scoring that night,as striker Troy Deeney starts serving a suspension for his sending-off against Leeds.
Despite recording the most away wins in the league this campaign (12) Watford have won on the road just twice from their last six attempts. Championship Player of the Year Matej Vydra should return to the starting XI to replace Deeney and the 20-goal forward looks the most likely to score for the visitors even though he has not found the net in 12 games for the club.
Leicester will go into the game the more confident of the two sides given they found a stoppage-time goal against Nottingham Forest to secure their play-off chance. French midfielder Anthony Knockaert has been a solid performer all season and his strike ensured the Foxes pipped Bolton to sixth place in the league.
Nigel Pearson's side have been inconsistent this season – two wins in 13 is hardly strong form going into a knockout format – but they will feel uplifted after winning at Forest while Watford may be deflated after coming so close to automatic promotion.
In winger Lloyd Dyer and strikers Dave Nugent and Chris Wood, Leicester have the necessary firepower to punish Watford at home and could take a lead back down to Vicarage Road at a tempting price of 2.05.
Leicester's 46 home goals during the league campaign is the second highest in the division and they could capitalise on Watford's disappointment by overpowering them with a win to nil at a healthy 3.5.
Back Leicester at 2.05
Back Leicester To Win To Nil at 3.5