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Matchday live

1:00 PM

Welcome to the King Power Stadium

It's been a good while since Watford won away from home - you need to go back to November against Newcastle for a successful Hornets road trip. In fact, the only league win in the last 11 games was against today's opponents Leicester, in December at The Vic. 

We'll be here all afternoon with updates as Marco Silva's men look to get back to winning ways. Stay tuned for team news, and live commentary from around 2.30pm.


6:00 PM

Happy Holidays!

What a win!


That's all from us here on Matchday Live, but check back later for exclusive post-match interviews, social media reaction, a full match report and exclusive highlights (to follow).


Next up: Swansea City visit the Vic on Saturday (3pm K.O.) for the last game of 2017.


Enjoy the rest of your holidays and thanks for all your support! 

5:40 PM

“We gave a great answer with our performance today” - Silva

Marco Silva spoke to the broadcast media after his side's Boxing Day victory:


"We showed big personality after we go one goal behind.


"The last results made our players a little bit uncomfortable, but we showed a very strong mentality today.


"It was an important moment for the first goal, but we had clear chances either side of the goal.


"We deserved to win because of the personality we showed. All the games are good moments to take points.


"We gave a great answer with our performance today."

5:30 PM

“We reacted very well” -Doucouré

Abdoulaye Doucouré, who looks like he's had his goal taken off him, reflected on the game right after the final whistle:


"It was a good game, I'm very happy and I think we deserved to win.

"We reacted very well and scored before half time. We had a strong second half.


"I did try to shoot, and it went inside, so I'm happy. I saw the keeper make a gap at the post and went for it. When I saw Schmeichel come out a bit I just tried it.


"I haven't seen the replays, but bigger is the win for Watford."

5:20 PM

“We gave our all” - Gomes

Watford's no.1 Heurelho Gomes spoke to BBC Match of the Day after securing three hard-fought points against Leicester City:


"It's a relief, we gave our all today. We didn't recognise our team in the last game, sometimes it's about the attitude not the quality.


"I felt we wanted to play as quick as possible to forget the last games. We can't change the results but can change the situation and I felt the players were ready.


"I thought Molla was outstanding. Sometimes keepers have to get points for the team and today was my time.


"Many players did great, we have our quality. We have injuries, so we have to change and need to get the confidence back and play a different way which we did today."

5:10 PM

That winning feeling!

Abdoulaye Doucouré celebrates Watford's second -  the winner 🙌

4:55 PM

Get. In. There.

Watford didn't half show their steel here. A goal behind, they fought hard to earn their 2-1 lead and even harder to keep it as Leicester threw everything at them.

Mahrez' headed opener was cancelled out by full debutant Molla Wague on the stroke of half-time, before Abdoulaye Doucouré forced the ball over the line from a tight angle for 2-1 after the break.  

Slimani and Morgan both went close but Heurelho Gomes was the hero as he guarded the Rookery goal until the death. That feels like a huge win. Roll on Swansea. 

4:53 PM - 90 MIN

It's over!!!

4:49 PM - 90 MIN


Leicester have ripped out the kitchen sink and they're catapulting it into the Watford box. Watford holding firm so far. 

4:48 PM - 90 MIN

Additional Time

Three minutes added on. Come on you 'Orns!

4:47 PM - 90 MIN


Watford FC




4:46 PM - 88 MIN

Yellow card

Zeegelaar booked for preventing the opposition from getting the ball at a throw in.

4:45 PM - 87 MIN


Watford FC




4:44 PM - 85 MIN

Gomes at the double

Gomes saves the day not once but twice, saving at close range from Slimani then getting down well to stop Morgan's header. Hero.

4:42 PM - 84 MIN

Substitution Leicester City




4:41 PM - 80 MIN

So close!

Cleverley robs the dawdling Chilwell and drives towards goal. His shot drags just a touch and it's wide. 

4:39 PM - 81 MIN

Yellow card

King is booked for a foul on Richarlison -  the Brazilian has won a lot of free-kicks this afternoon.

4:38 PM - 79 MIN

Game management

The Hornets doing everything to take the sting out of the game. They won't be rushed into throw-ins or free-kicks, as they look to run down the clock. 

4:34 PM

Doucs at it again!

4:31 PM - 73 MIN

Double change for the Foxes

Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani come on in place of Aleksandar Dragović and Shinji Okazaki.

4:24 PM - 65 MIN


Cleverley's free-kick floats all the way to the back post and it's that man Doucoure again.

The Frenchman side-foots the ball back towards goal and it creeps underneath Schmeichel and over the line. Goal-line technology to the rescue! Get in! 2-1. 

4:23 PM - 65 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 1
Leicester City Leicester City
4:18 PM - 60 MIN

Vital block

Leicester serve up a reminder to the Hornets with a lightning break that would have seen a goal had Ben Watson not bust a gut to get back and clear. 

4:18 PM


Richarlison goes toe-to-toe with Wilfried Ndidi under the lights at Vicarage Road.

4:17 PM - 57 MIN

Crowd are up

The Hornets are warming the home support up with their performance so far in the second half. They're levels have increased as Watford probe for another goal. 

4:10 PM


The team celebrate Molla Wagué's goal - he's in there somewhere!

4:03 PM - 46 MIN

The second-half begins...

We're back underway at the Vic, game on!

3:57 PM

Honours even


3:49 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Watford 1-1 Leicester City

End to end stuff right before the break!


The game came alive from the moment Riyadh Mahrez scored in the 37th minute. The Algerian headed in past Heurelho Gomes to put the visitors in front, but that only served to spur on the Hornets as they drove forward with even more determination to go in level - or better - at the break.


Richarlison had a glorious chance just minutes later to put the Golden Boys back on terms, but skewed his effort into the side-netting after rounding Kasper Schmeichel.


With Roberto Pereyra forced off with an assumed knock, Stefano Okaka came on and helped the home side get forward with greater purpose.


But it was Molla Wagué, on his first start for Watford, who brought the Golden Boys back into the game, turning the ball into the back of the net from close range following a Tom Cleverley corner.


Watford then could have completed a first-half turnaround as Richarlison hit the post with venom after neat play from Okaka and Cleverley set the Brazilian up one-on-one at a tight angle.


It's all square again as we look forward to the second half.

3:48 PM - 45 MIN

Oh so close!

What a move from the Hornets, who've got their tales well and truly up now. 

Okaka flicks the ball to Cleverly who feints to shoot before finding Richarlison on the left. The Brazilian is quick to react and powers onto the base of the post. And there's half-time. Watford didn't want it to end. 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Lucky 13! We're level!

Not a bad way to mark your full debut! Tom Cleverley's overhead kick is blocked but falls to Molla Wague at the far-post and the defender smashes it in off Schmeichel. 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional Time

Three minutes added on here at the end of the first period.

3:45 PM - 45 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 1
Leicester City Leicester City
3:43 PM - 44 MIN


Watford FC




3:39 PM


Marvin Zeegelaar tries to go the long way round Aleksandar Dragović.

3:37 PM - 37 MIN

Leicester ahead

And just like that, the Hornets are behind. 

Janmaat thinks he's done enough to halt Albrighton but the wing-man finds room to pick out Mahrez at the back-post and the Algerian heads past Gomes. 0-1. 

3:36 PM - 37 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
0 - 1
Leicester City Leicester City
3:35 PM - 35 MIN

André's day?

André Carrillo has been the Hornets' greatest threat so far. Ben Chilwell is struggling to deal with the Peru man's pace and trickery. 

3:30 PM - 30 MIN

Yellow card

Dragović is booked for pulling Pereyra down just outside the Foxes' penalty area.

3:26 PM - 26 MIN

Vardy should score

You expect better from the England man. Vardy curves his run beautifully and in trying to chip Gomes one-on-one, strokes the ball into the side-netting. Leicester fans thought it was in. 

3:20 PM


Jamie Vardy and Christian Kabasele look as though they are really straining to reach the ball in the opening exchanges.

3:20 PM - 20 MIN

Watford respond!

Carrillo burns past Chilwell and crosses for Pereyra - his goal-bound flick is blocked.

3:18 PM - 18 MIN

First chance Foxes

Gomes tips Okazaki's likely crossbar-bound header over to be safe. Leicester turning the heat up just a notch here. 

3:12 PM - 12 MIN

Yellow card

Kabasele goes into the book for a late challenge on Okazaki, who may or may not have jumped over the Belgian's tackle, but it looked a foul anyway.

3:07 PM - 7 MIN

Yellow card

Precedent says referee Christ Kavanagh has to book Watson for his foul on Albrighton. It was identical to Maguire's challenge on Richarlison just a couple of minutes ago. 

3:05 PM - 5 MIN

Solid start

The Hornets are competing well and have created a couple of half openings. Decent response thus far from Marco Silva's men. 

3:02 PM - 3 MIN

Yellow card

Maguire falls foul of Richarlison's turn of pace by the halfway line, cynically taking him out as he turned and burst forward.

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

We're underway!

Any win will do today. Come on you 'Orns! 

2:55 PM

Five minutes to go!

2:45 PM

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2:20 PM

“We must focus” - Silva

Watford Head Coach Marco Silva gave Sky Sports his thoughts ahead of this afternoon's Boxing Day fixture against Leicester:


"We need to give a different answer this afternoon. We are playing against a good team, but we must focus on our own performance.


"We need to show the desire to win - a big attitude with big commitment.


"These are all the things we have showed this season. This is what we must show today."

2:10 PM

“We can do it” - Carrillo

Peruvian winger André Carrillo has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off:

"We will do our best to get the three points today for our fans and our families.


"We can do it, we have been training hard for this.


"We know that they have a very good team with great players, but we have to go out on the pitch and do what the manager has told us and try to get the three points."

2:00 PM

The Teams

Marco Silva has changed tack for Leicester's visit this afternoon, serving up a Christmas surprise with his team selection at The Vic.

Molla Wagué starts his first match for Watford in the heart of defence alongside Christian Kabasele. Sebastian Prödl drops to the bench.

Ben Watson retains his place in the middle, allowing Tom Cleverley to move into the number 10 role as Abdoulaye Doucouré returns from suspension.

Cleverley is flanked by Roberto Pereyra and Andre Carrillo with Richarlison leading the line.

Leicester are forced to mix things up with injury to Danny Simpson and suspension for Daniel Amartey. Aleksander Dragovic comes into the side.

HORNETS | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar; Doucouré, Watson; Carrillo, Cleverley, Pereyra; Richarlison.

Subs | Bachmann (GK); Prödl, Sinclair, Gray, Holebas, Capoue, Okaka.

FOXES | Schmeichel (GK); Dragovic, Morgan (C), Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, King; Albrighton, Okazaki, Mahrez; Vardy.

Subs | Hamer (GK), Gray, Slimani, James, Ulloa, Fuchs, Benalouane.

1:50 PM


The sun is out at Vicarage Road! Team line-ups announced here at 2pm, so keep your eyes peeled  👀 👀

1:40 PM

Guess who's back?

1:30 PM

Then And Now

Tom Cleverley first joined Watford on loan from Manchester United in 2009, but did you know his first taste of football outside of Old Trafford was at Leicester?


He made 15 appearances and scored two goals for the Foxes...hopefully he can score against his old side this afternoon!

1:20 PM

That's the spirit!

🦊 👀

1:10 PM

Instagram Snapshot


#watfordfc #threewisemen #warfordherewecome #uk #beklebizileicester #christmasjumper

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1:00 PM

Kaba on Foxes

12:50 PM

Same again please, Bobby.

12:40 PM

Blast from the past

Gerard Lavin - there's a Hornet you've not heard of in a while! Here he is celebrating a Craig Ramage goal against Portsmouth in a 2-0 win on Boxing Day back in 1994. 

12:30 PM

Welcome to the Vic

The Hornets are in for a fight this Boxing Day as Leicester come to town. 

Claude Puel's invigorated Foxes, unbeaten on the road since August, are set to come out swinging after a last-minute equaliser against Manchester United on Saturday. 

Stay tuned for blow-by-blow updates and live match commentary from Vicarage Road as Watford look to end an unhappy Premier League run with a win.