Preview: Watford v Leicester City

English champions Leicester City will no doubt hope to at least close some ground on the top four positions when they face a solid Watford outfit in Saturday's Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

The Foxes are already an incredible 14 points behind leaders Liverpool at the top of the standings, and are 12 outside of even finishing in the UEFA Champions League places.

It appears Claudio Ranieri's men have taken their best form into Europe this campaign, as they look a decent bet to advance beyond the group stages if they beat Club Brugge next week.

With that said, their defence of their stunning maiden Premier League crown appears to have gone up in smoke with the club just two points outside of the relegation zone.

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As such, the clash against the Hornets takes on added significance for the visitors as they look to at least get to a position that guarantees their safety in the English top flight in 2017/18.

However, Watford are a side capable of beating anyone as they have proven this season. Manager Walter Mazzarri's men beat Manchester United earlier in the campaign, though they are coming off a brutal 6-1 hiding by Liverpool in their last outing.

Nonetheless, Ranieri is of the belief that his side have an added advantage after striker Jamie Vardy ended his barren run with a goal for England against Spain during the international break.

He told the BBC: "It will help me, the team and it will help himself. He can play normally now. Only by working hard can we change the table."

In team news, Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has recovered from a knee injury and is available. Defender Sebastian Prodl and striker Stefano Okaka are both expected to be passed fit.

Meanwhile, City will assess Danny Drinkwater after he suffered a rib injury with England. Demarai Gray is a doubt because of a calf strain, while Kasper Schmeichel and Nampalys Mendy remain out.

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