Old Haunts?

Leicester City’s start to the season would certainly indicate that they have moved on from the events that unfolded at the beginning of May, during which their promotion hopes were shattered in a matter of seconds. Six months on, the Foxes lie second in the Championship, averaging more than two points per game, and they possess the strongest home record of any team in this league. At the end of a positive seven days at the King Power Stadium, in which Leicester City kept their unbeaten home run alive with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth and a thrilling 4-3 League Cup victory over Premier League side Fulham, the Foxes now have the opportunity to exorcise any remaining demons from their last visit to Vicarage Road.

There is no doubt that the build-up to this one will focus on Anthony Knockaert’s penalty miss and Troy Deeney’s winner, which broke Leicester hearts back in May. But since then, the Foxes have moved on, and have won an impressive thirteen of seventeen games in all competitive competitions. There does not seem to be any hangover from that playoff loss. New players have come into the side that will not have to think about last season as they were not involved. Nigel Pearson has done a fantastic job of keeping his players focused, but some may just need to show that little bit of extra mental strength this afternoon, and remember that this is just one game.

Leicester fans certainly don’t need constant reminders about what happened at the end of last season, and they don’t need any comparisons to be made with today’s fixture. It is very unlikely that the outcome of this one match will have any direct bearing on either Leicester’s, or Watford’s, end-of-season standing in the Championship. For the Foxes, it should be seen as an opportunity to build on what has already been achieved so far. Nigel Pearson’s men have another tough match next weekend against local rivals Nottingham Forest, but they must first get through today.