Leicester vs Watford live: What time does it start, where can I watch it, what TV channel is it on?

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Follow the latest from the Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium

Both Leicester and Watford will avoid relegation but both have suffered disappointing campaigns. The pair are 11th and 13th in the table respectively, level on 40 points, and this match now represents little other than each team attempting to salvage some pride.

Watford showed so much early promise under Walter Mazzari, only for results to dry up fairly quickly. The Hornets were strong relegation candidates at one stage, but the likes of Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Christian Kabasele have produced good performances to drag them to safety.

There was always the possibility that reigning champions Leicester would struggle to cope with a busier schedule and the added pressure which came as a result of winning the title.

That said, nobody expected them to struggle in the fashion which they have, which culminated in their lovable manager Claudio Ranieri being sacked amid rumours of squad unrest and complaints against him from senior players.

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Live Updates

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action. 
 
Hull City host Sunderland, Watford travel to Leicester, Bournemouth take on Stoke at Dean Court and last not least, Burnley welcome West Brom to Turf Moor. 
 
All this action kicks off at 15:00. Stay tuned for all of the build up, team news and live coverage of the action. 

Team news: Bournemouth vs Stoke City 

 
 

Team news: Burnley vs West Brom

Team news: Leicester City vs Watford 

 
 

Team news: Hull City vs Sunderland 

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has enjoyed playing in the Champions League this season and does not think he will have to leave the club to repeat the experience. The Premier League champions reached the quarter-finals of the competition at the first attempt but a disappointing domestic campaign means there will be no continental football for them next season. 
 
The 15:00 kick-off's are just kicking off, so stay tuned for live updates from all of the fixtures.
HULL CITY 0 - 0 SUNDERLAND
 
The home side have been under the cosh from the off, with The Black Cats dominating so far. 
 
The ball flies into the danger zone, but George Honeyman fails to hit the target with an unmarked header from 12-yards. 
LEICESTER CITY 0 - 0 WATFORD
 
The Foxes go short with a corner kick to Albrighton, but his delivery into the box flies just over the head of Benalouane at the far post. 
BURNLEY 0 - 0 WEST BROM
 
Boyd cleverly finds Barnes, who goes for goal from close range, but the strike fails to trouble Foster. 
BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 0 STOKE CITY
 
Arnautovic goes for glory from the edge of the area, but it is a feeble attempt that is easily collected by Boruc. 
LEICESTER CITY 0 - 0 WATFORD
 
The Hornets intercept possession inside of the Leicester half, but Cleverley's attempt on goal flies wide from 20 yards. The former City loanee can certainly improve that aspect of his game. 
 
LEICESTER CITY 0 - 0 WATFORD
 
Vardy rattles the woodwork with a golden opportunity following a short set piece from Mahrez. That will be a wake up call for Mazzarri's men. 
BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 0 STOKE CITY
 
Following some clever link up play between King and Stanislas, the ball finds Smith on the edge of the box, but his attempt rattles the woodwork. 
BURNLEY 0 - 0 WEST BROM
 
Lowton sends an imposing delivery into the danger zone, but the West Brom defenders manage to scrape the ball away.
 
The clearance falls to Boyd on the edge of the area, but his strike on goal flies high over Foster's goal.
GOAL
 
BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 1 STOKE CITY
 
Arnautovic delivers a corner towards the front post and it comes off Mousset and flies past Boruc. Own goal. 
GOAL
 
LEICESTER 1 - 0 WATFORD
 
Ndidi opens the scoring for The Foxes, following a delivery into the box from Drinkwater that was cleared only as far as the goalscorer, allowing him to strike it past a helpless Gomes.
HULL 0 - 0 SUNDERLAND
 
Honeyman sends a tantalising ball towards the near post and it finds the head of O'Shea, but his header flies just wide of the woodwork.
HALF TIME SCORES
 
Burnley 0 - 0 West Brom
Leicester City 1 - 0 Watford
Bournemouth 0 - 1 Stoke
Hull 0 - 0 Sunderland
BURNLEY 0 - 0 WEST BROM
 
In the early stages of the second half, Tarkowski goes for goal with a headed effort, but it flies just over the bar.

What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 6 May.

Where can I watch it?

It will not be televised live.

Highlights will be shown on Saturday 6 May at 10.20pm on BBC1.

Preview

Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare was in a strong position considering the time he had spent around the club over the years and has proven he possesses the requisite skill to stabilise the situation and get the Leicester players performing again.

There is nothing up for grabs for either team now, but Shakespeare will want to further his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis into next season, while Mazzari requires five points from Watford’s remaining four games to equal the points tally achieved by predecessor Quiqe Sanchez Flores.

Regarding team news, Wes Morgan is the notable absentee for Leicester as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury and Nampalys Mendy will be unavailable for the remainder of the season after successful ankle surgery last month.

As for Watford, Miguel Britos was withdrawn early in their last game against Liverpool with a muscle strain, and Jose Holebas faces a late fitness test. They join a problematic injury list which includes Craig Cathcart, Roberto Pereyra, Mauro Zarate and Younes Kaboul.

It’s a big game for…

Riyad Mahrez. It could well be his last season at Leicester, but if he plays on Saturday it will be his 100th Premier League appearance for the Foxes. That would also make him the first Algerian to reach the milestone.

Best stat

Leicester are worse-off by one point this season than at the same stage in 2014/15. They are 41 points behind the tally they had amassed at this point last season, when they stunned the world by winning the Premier League.

Remember when…

Watford beat Leicester to reach the Championship play-off final. Troy Deeney netted a dramatic winner 20 seconds after Manuel Almunia saved Anthony Knockaert’s penalty to secure a 3-2 aggregate win. Watford would go on to lose the final to Crystal Palace.

Player to watch

Jamie Vardy: Leicester’s awful form meant that the service to star striker Jamie Vardy was lacking, accounting for his lack of goals before the team’s recent upturn in form.

He has now entered a purple patch in which he has netted 9 in his last 14 appearances for Leicester, and will be a serious danger to the Watford defence.

Past three meetings

Watford 2 Leicester 1
Premier League, November 2017

Watford 0 Leicester 1
Premier League, March 2016

Leicester 2 Watford 1
Premier League, November 2015

Form

Leicester: LDDLW

Watford: WLWLL

Odds

Provided by 888 Sport

Leicester to win: 5/9

Watford to win: 21/4

Draw: 31/10

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