Leicester City host Watford in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final this evening as the race for promotion to the Premier League resumes.
The two sides go in to the game having suffered very different emotions on the final day of the regular season last Saturday.
Watford missed the chance to overtake Hull City and clinch the second automatic promotion place, while Leicester sneaked into the play-offs thanks to Anthony Knockaert’s stoppage-time winner against east Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.
The Foxes’ victory at the City Ground was only their second in 13 matches, though their only defeat in the last six was at the hands of Watford almost two weeks ago.
Nigel Pearson could welcome back Richie De Laet and Paul Konchesky after the pair both returned to training this week, while Michael Keane and Harry Kane have also been cleared to play.
For Watford, goalkeeper Jonathan Bond may feature just days after he was stretchered off against Leeds United at the weekend, as first-choice shot stopper Manuel Almunia is struggling to recover from a hamstring injury.
The Hornets came out on top in both league fixtures, winning 2-1 at Vicarage Road and the King Power Stadium, and below are ten key statistics to help you decide where to put your money this time around.
7: Seven of the last eight meetings between the sides have seen both teams score and this eventuality is priced up at 13/20.
12: Watford won 12 of the 22 games where they faced top-half opposition, which was the best record in the league. The Hornets are 5/2 to take a lead to Vicarage Road (Leicester are even-money favourites, with the draw at 12/5).
13: The number of second halves out of a total of 23 that Leicester won when playing at home during the regular season. The Foxes are 7/5 to outscore Watford in the final 45 minutes tonight.
14: The last time Leicester kept a clean sheet was 14 matches ago – a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in February. Watford are priced at 9/25 to get on the scoresheet this evening
19: Only champions Cardiff had a better record in the first half than Watford, who won 19 opening periods, and you can back Gianfranco Zola’s men to be leading at the break at 14/5. And bearing Leicester’s strong second-half credentials in mind, Watford/Leicester in the half-time/full-time market could be a great outside punt at 25/1.
27: Watford opened the scoring in 27 of their 46 games, a record only bettered by Cardiff. You can back them to net first this time around at 13/10.
31: The number of Watford’s regular-season games which produced three or more goals – more than any other team. Over 2.5 goals this evening can be backed at 83/100.
35: There have been 35 goals scored in the last eight meetings between the sides, at an average of almost 4.4 per game, and you can back a game of over 3.5 goals this time at 2/1.
145: The combined number of goals scored at either end in the second halves of all Watford and Leicester matches this season, compared to 118 for the opening 45 minutes. It’s 5/4 that more goals are scored after half-time than before it at the King Power Stadium.