The referee for Watford's FA Cup third round tie at Leicester City will be Mike Dean.

It will be the first game involving the Hornets that Dean has taken charge of since the opening day of the season when he officiated the 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.

He will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Derek Eaton, while fourth official will be James Linington.

Stuart Attwell will be on VAR duties, assisted by Marc Perry.

A win over Leicester would see Watford progress beyond the third round for the first time in three seasons, after defeats to Tranmere Rovers and Manchester United knocked them out at this stage in the previous two campaigns.

However, with their position in the league looking perilous, it looks likely that the FA Cup will not be seen as a priority this season.

Games against Newcastle and Norwich in the following weeks will be seen as much more important to Watford, as they look to retain their top flight status.

The match at Leicester will be decided on the day, with replays for the third and fourth rounds scrapped for this season's FA Cup.

Should the sides be level at full time, extra-time and penalties will be required.

The Foxes beat the Hornets 4-2 in a snowy match in the league back in November.