The Premier League leaders face Watford at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s tea time kick off, in what is generally being regarded as a dicey fixture for everyone’s second team.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ Golden Boys are back in Hertfordshire after outplaying Manchester United at Old Trafford to no avail in midweek.
Leicester, meanwhile, will be without midfield dynamo N’Golo Kante for a second game in succession, after the Frenchman missed out on the slightly deflating home draw against West Brom in midweek.
The prospect of the Foxes having to break down the fourth-best home defence in the league is another reason why there will those who favour backing the Watford win at 17/10 or the 12/5 draw over a visiting victory at 29/20.
Yet, a failing that has been as much a part of Watford’s DNA under Flores as Odion Ighalo goals, Heurelho Gomes heroics, or a millstone-like lack of scoring assistance from midfield , will likely ensure Leicester board the coach home having reached the 60-point mark.
Namely, their tendency to conspire to snatch defeat from the jaws of more favourable results against sides stationed in the division’s top third.
Watford have lost eight times in ten tussles with such opposition this term – only Sunderland have been bested on more occasions by top-seven adversaries.
Home and away defeats to both Tottenham and Manchester United and Vicarage Road losses to Manchester City and then high-flying Crystal Palace were scarcely deserved on the balance of play.
Arguably only in the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in front of their own partisans have they been truly outclassed.
More often, a lack of the cutting edge necessary to convert their ability to hold their own against the top sides into goals has been to blame for their losses to top third teams (all six of the defeats previously referred to came by a single goal.