Both teams have enjoyed fine starts to the season so far, with the Foxes flying high and sitting third in the table with six wins from their opening 11 games.
Newly promoted Watford haven’t enjoyed quite as strong a start as their weekend opponents, but have still managed to secure 16 points so far to sit in 11th spot in the table.
And Drinkwater says that they had earmarked the Hornets as rivals this season, labelling the game a six-pointer.
“It’s a big game this season,” he told lcfc.co.uk
“They’re a team that we looked at, at the start of the season and thought they’d be around us, so it’s a six-point game really. We’ll be going for the three points though, definitely.”
The midfielder has also backed Quique Sanchez Flores’ side to avoid relegation from the top-flight this season.
Some had predicted that the Hornets might struggle this season after coming up from the Championship, with them spending heavily and bringing in a number of new faces to completely overhaul the squad that had seen them earn promotion.
That could have had a negative effect, but instead they have been impressive so far this season, and Drinkwater was particularly keen to highlight their strength in midfield.
“I’m sure Watford will be fine this season – they’ve proven their worth already,” he added.
They’re a good team and on a good run themselves. They’ve got points on the board now too. They’ve got a great midfield and a great squad, but it’s just about getting what we do right. The gaffer has been working hard on that in training.”