The Hornets started the season quite spectacularly but have endured a six-game winless run over the past few weeks and they will hope to get back on track when they host Leicester today. The return of Abdoulaye Doucoure from suspension will definitely boost their chances as he has been one of the stand-out performers for them this season and Manager, Marco Silva referred to the French midfielder as the “heartbeat” of his side.

Doucoure received his fifth yellow card of the season in Watford’s 4:1 home loss to Huddersfield Town and thereafter missed their Saturday 1:0 loss at Brighton.

In his post-match media conference on Saturday, Manager, Silva said it would make “a big, big difference” to have Doucoure available to call upon against the Foxes and continued: “Him and Tom Cleverley [who was also unavailable in the loss to Huddersfield and [Nathaniel] Chalobah, the three players in our middle zone, they were amazing at the beginning of the season, they are really the heartbeat of our team.

“We have Ben {Watson], we have [Etienne] Capoue, we have [Roberto] Pereyra as well to play in our middle zone, but of course when you miss one player like Doucoure today, when we miss one player like Tom in our last game at home, I don’t talk more about Chalobah because he’s a longer term injury, but we felt it when we’re missing a player like him.”