Spurs take on Watford in the Midweek Battle

Last updated: January 28, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

. .

Kick-off: Wedsnesday, 20:00
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WLWLW
Away Form: DWDDL
Last Meeting: Watford 2 – 1 Tottenham
Competition: EPL

Tottenham come into the game having been knocked out of two cup competitions in the space of a week, and reeling off the back of injuires to key players Alli and Kane. Watford on the other hand sit in a lofty 7th place in the league and are looking to carry on their momentum.

After exiting the F.A Cup at the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino said that winning trophies “only builds egos”, of course he would say this, as he’s never won one. What’s more, he alludes to the importance of the top four. Maybe he is right, a top four place is very important, but when Spurs never build on this the question remains, why shouldn’t you try and win one for the fans? After all, they are more likely to remember the success of winning their first F.A. Cup since 1990/91 than scraping another 4th place finish.

Tottenham come into this game in 3rd place on 51 points and are 7 points clear of 5th place. Even so, after losing two home games on the bounce they will be looking to right the ship against Watford. With Kane and Alli still out they will be looking for Llorente to lead the line once more. With South Korea’s exit from the Asian Cup, Heung-Min Son could be in-line for a very welcome return. Tottenham are threadbare upfront, and with their refusal to invest in the squad, he could become an integral part of their upcoming fixtures.

Watford come into this game looking to do the double over Spurs for the very first time in their history, in 11 league games, they have only ever beaten them once and that was this season. They have won their previous two PL matches in London against West Ham and Palace, respectively, so they are hoping to carry on their capital form. Captain Troy Deeney looks set to return to the line-up after being rested against Newcastle in the F.A. Cup.

With no new injury concerns to deal with, the Hornets will be hoping star players Roberto Pereyra and Abdoulaye Doucoure will continue their good form. Star winger Gerard Deulofeu is a target for A.C. Milan and are reportedly looking to sign him before the end of the month. Watford are looking for at least £20 million so it remains to be seen if he will be able to leave. Even so, as a result of the speculation, he most likely won’t be in the squad, which is a big blow for the Golden Boys.

Team News

Son Heung-Min looks set to return to the squad after South Korea’s ealy exit fromt he Asian Cup.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli remain sidelined after injuries in the previous games.

Gerard Deulofeu is set to be absent due to transfer speculation linking him to A.C. Milan.

Will Hughes could be in-line to start after recovering from a concussion.

Expected Line-Ups:

Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Trippier, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela, Winks, Llorente
Subs: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Davies, Nkoudou, Skipp, Sterling, Son
Injured: Kane, Alli
Doubtful: Sissoko
Not available:
Watford (4-2-2-2): Foster, Mariappa, Femenia, Holebas, Kabasele, Cleverley, Sema, Capoue, Pereyra, Hughes, Deeney
Subs: Gomes, Britos, Masina, Chalobah, Quina, Success, Gray
Injured: Prodl
Doubtful: Deulofeu
Not available:

So Far This Season

. . .
Tottenham This Season Watford This Season
3rd League Position 7th
17 (11) Wins (away) 9 (4)
5 – 0 v Bournemouth Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Huddersfield
0 (0) Draws (away) 5 (2)
4 – 2 v Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 v Bournemouth
Kane (14) Top Goal Scorer Pereyra (6)
Y32, R1 Discipline Y42, R2
2 Failures to Score 6
39% Clean Sheets 21%
52.17% Both Teams to Score Games 56.52%
65.22% Over 2.5 Goals 56.52%
34.78% Under 2.5 Goals 43.48%
  • Tottenham’s home record this season has been particularly inconsistent, having 6 wins to 4 losses.
  • Watford are looking to extend their unbeaten run away from home to five.
  • Tottenham have only lost once to Watford in 11 PL encounters.
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last six games overall.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
26/09/2018 EFL Cup Tottenham 2 – 2 Watford Success 46′
02/09/2018 EPL Watford 2 – 1 Tottenham Doucoure (og) 53′
30/04/2018 EPL Tottenham 2 – 0 Watford Alli 16′
02/12/2017 EPL Watford 1 – 1 Tottenham Kabasele 13′
08/04/2017 EPL Tottenham 4 – 0 Watford Alli 33′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Both teams come into this fixture with indifferent form. Spurs are struggling without Kane and Alli.

Watford is a great price at bet365, you can take them at 5.75 (19/4), and could provide the shock of the day.