Hayden Mullins is not intimidated by the challenge of leading Watford away at Leicester City this evening.

The Foxes are flying in the Premier League at the moment and are currently on course for a top four finish, but despite their contrasting seasons, the interim head coach believes he has the players to cause an upset at the King Power Stadium.

"I don't think intimidating is the word, I think it's a challenge," said Mullins.

"It's a challenge, but you've got to remember as well that we've got a group of players at Watford who are a very good squad, and they've proved last year and in previous years they're a very good side themselves so we know what the challenge is with Leicester and we respect them.

"They're a fantastic football side at the moment and they're in a very good rhythm in where they are, but us as a side we know that we possess players in our side as well that can go there and can do a really good job."

Mullins was full of praise for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers who has exceeded expectations so far this season.

The temporary Hornets' boss also spoke about where he thinks the threat will come from this evening's opposition.

"He's a very good manager and I think he's proved that in most of the clubs that he's been at," he said of Rodgers.

"I'm very impressed with the way he worked at Liverpool, it was fantastic and Celtic as well and obviously he's gone into Leicester and just continued that. He's an absolutely fantastic manager and he's done a great job.

"We know that the threats come from a few different areas of the pitch and we know Jamie Vardy is a main focus of theirs, he's their main goalscorer. He's the one who feeds off the last pass and he looks to get in behind and we know that. But the threat is not only from him, we know they've got some fantastic players in Maddison and Tielemens and Barnes and Iheanacho comes off the bench and scored in the last game. They've got loads of threats, but again we are trying to set up in a way where we can contain them and we'll see how we go."

Giving Mullins confidence ahead of the match is the positive frame of mind his players appear to be in.

The former West Ham midfielder said he was pleased with his players' work ethic and the effort they were putting in to try and change their fortunes around. 

"The general mood at the moment is upbeat," he said.

"It's one of the main things we're trying to lift at the moment. The players have responded and been fantastic. The attitude on the training pitch is no one is moping around, there's no moaning, it's a really good work ethic, the boys are working hard and like I say, they've responded fantastically well. I'm very happy with what we've done in the last two days."