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Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola believes Leicester City will want to avenge last season's play-off defeat
The last time the Hornets faced Leicester City the game ended up being one of the most memorable in the club’s history.
The two sides meet at Vicarage Road tomorrow for the first time since that dramatic Play-Off semi-final and that Troy Deeney goal.
But will the memories of last season be an extra incentive for the Leicester players? Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola admits it’s a possibility.
He said: "They are in a good moment and at the back of their minds they will be thinking about the games last year.
"They will be determined to play well and beat us. So my players will have to be as prepared as them and be ready for the challenge."
"If I was one of the (Leicester) players I would be looking forward to this game. They will be up for it so it is important our players are totally focused."
Leicester have lost just one of their last eight matches and that form has seen Nigel Pearson’s side rise up to second in the Championship.
The Hornets are seventh in the table and defeat would see them ten points off the automatic places.
"I wouldn’t look too much at the table right now but a win in this type of game will give you a boost," Zola said.
The Hornets boss has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game. Almen Abdi remains out while Tommie Hoban continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Nyron Nosworthy played 60 minutes for the Under-21s earlier this week but Zola confirmed he will not feature on Saturday.
The visit of Leicester pits David Nugent against the Hornets. The striker has scored eight times when playing Watford and has six goals in his last six games against the club.
Zola says it is important to respect the 28-year-old but believes there are plenty of other threats in the Foxes side.
He said: "We know how good he (Nugent) can be because of last year. I rate him as one of the best strikers in the Championship so we will pay attention to him.
"The key will be not only looking after him though. You need to look after (Jaime) Vardy who is a very good player. Above all we need to produce opportunities and that will keep their mind on the defensive side of their game."
In today's Watford Observer the Hornets' head of medical Marco Cesarini discusses Almen Abdi's injury.
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