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In-form Spurs will have no troubles against The Hornets

Last updated: February 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWLD
Away form: WLDDW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Tottenham are in pretty good form. Spurs are on a run of 4 consecutive victories (all competitions). They beat Colchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup and proceeded to the 1/8 finals. Moreover, Spurs have scored 13 goals in their last 4 games and have conceded just 5.

Watford had a difficult task in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Hornets had to visit Nottingham Forest. They were lucky to beat Forest in the very last minute of the game after a horrible mistake by Nottingham’s defence. Odion Ighalo was in the right place to find the net with a one-touch shot from a short distance.

Tottenham won 2-1 against Watford earlier this season. Spurs were lucky to earn the three points in the 89th minute of the match. Heung-Min Son’s back heel shot was crucial in Watford’s endeavour for the points. In fact, Tottenham are on a run of 4 consecutive victories over Watford. The last time The Hornets won against Spurs was in 1987 (1-0 at Vicarage Road). So, the expectation is another victory for Tottenham, but the match won’t be easy for Pochettino’s players.


Team News

Mario Suarez of Fiorentina, Costel Pantilimon of Sunderland and Obbi Oulare of Club Brugge are among Watford’s new signings during the winter transfer window.

Lloyd Doyley is injured for Watford. The veteran defender is suffering from a neck injury. He hasn’t made a single appearance this season.

Vertonghen and N’Jie are on Spurs’ injury list. The Belgian defender is suffering from a knee injury, as is the Cameroonian midfielder.

There are no new major signings in Tottenham’s squad. Spurs are competitive enough and they can qualify for participation in The C.L. next season.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) :
“I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here.”

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) :
“It is almost impossible that Deeney would abandon the project in the middle of the season.”


Expected line-ups:

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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Wimmer, Rose, Alderweireld, Trippier, Dier, Alli, Lamela, Eriksen, Dembele, Kane
Subs Onomah, Son, Bentaleb, Vorm, Chadli, Mason, Davies.
Injured: N’Jie, Vertonghen.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Jurado, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Guédioura, Britos, Anya, Paredes, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Doyley, Hoban.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Watford this season
4 League Position 10
6 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (4)
5-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 5-1 vs. Bournemouth
4 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (4)
0-4 to Man City Biggest Defeat 1-2 to Newcastle
Kane (13) Top scorer Ighalo (14)
Eriksen (7) Assist Leader Deeney (6)
Y46, R0 Discipline Y43, R2
5 Failures to score 7
7 Clean Sheets 8
14 Both Teams to Score Games 10
11 Over 2.5 Games 11
12 Under 2.5 Games 12
  • Tottenham won just 2 of their last 5 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane. They lost twice – 1-2 to Newcastle and 0-1 to Leicester City.
  • Watford last won away from Vicarage Road on 12th December 2015, when The Hornets beat Sunderland 1-0. Ighalo scored the goal in the 4th minute.
  • Spurs have won 11 of 19 matches against Watford. There has been only 3 draws and 5 wins for The Hornets. There have never been a draw at White Hart Lane between these teams.
  • Watford last visited Tottenham in 2007. The final score was 3-1 in Spurs favour. The goalkeeper Robinson scored one of the goals for Tottenham.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
20/09/15 The Premier League Watford 1-2 Tottenham E. Lamela 17′
10/01/15 The FA Cup Watford 0-1 Tottenham R. van der Vaart 42′
06/12/14 The Capital One Cup Watford 1-2 Tottenham T. Priškin 13′
11/01/14 The Premier League Tottenham 3-1 Watford J. Jenas 41′
18/08/13 The Premier League Watford 0-0 Tottenham