That Leicester are in the play-offs at all is something of a surprise given their shocking end to the campaign. Before the dramatic final day victory at Nottingham Forest, the Foxes had won just two of their previous 16 matches to slip out of promotion contention and with just 90 minutes of the campaign to go, a top six berth also looked beyond them.
However, that result could be just the boost Nigel Pearson’s team need and full of confidence they look decent value at 11/10 with BetVictor to emerge victorious in the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Watford.
Admittedly, the Hornets prevailed at the King Power Stadium just a couple of weeks ago but they’re still likely to be reeling from their inability to beat Leeds at home when a triumph would’ve meant automatic promotion and other than that success at Leicester, Gianfranco Zola’s men haven’t exactly convinced themselves over the final few weeks of the season.
Nevertheless, whilst a defeat is a distinct possibility, Watford shouldn’t be out of contention in the tie after the first clash, which is set to be close. A case can be made then for a City triumph by one at 3/1 via 888Sport and as it’s odds-on at 8/11 (bet365) for both teams to net, BetVictor’s 9/1 marked against a 2-1 Foxes win isn’t without appeal.
Pearson’s side meanwhile, have attacking threats all over the park and only Crystal Palace managed more home goals than the Foxes on their own patch during the regular season. Chris Wood is considered the main goal danger, BetVictor rating him at 7/4 to strike at some point but with two in his last three, Andy King might be worth a modest interest at 11/2 (Coral) to score at any time.