Can Tottenham make it four wins from four away at Watford?
Last updated: September 1, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Sunday, 16:00 pm|
|Last Meeting:||Spurs 2 – 0 Watford|
Sunday sees another fixture featuring two teams with perfect records so far. Both Tottenham and Watford have three wins from three so far, but for at least one of these teams, that perfect record will disappear on Sunday.
Watford and Javi Gracia will be very happy with the start they’ve made to the season. Gracia took charge of the team last season and didn’t really make an immediate impact. It seems the summer break has allowed him to work his magic though. The previously leaky defence has conceded just two in three games, while the Hornets have scored at least twice in all their games so far. Roberto Pererya has been the main man for goals. The winger has three to his name already and could be in for a fantastic season. He is unlikely to receive the sort of space and time he has in previous matches here though. Spurs’ defence has also been resolute, with Pochettino playing both a back three and four already this season. Whichever it is, Watford will be encouraged to go for it, but this will be a more difficult test than they have faced so far this season.
Tottenham are slowly clicking into gear after a somewhat fortunate victory on day one. Those improvements culminated in a three goal mauling of Manchester United last weekend, although Spurs were on the back foot for much of the first half. Like Pererya for Watford, Lucas Moura has emerged as the star man of the moment. His three goals have helped Spurs to their three wins, though Harry Kane also already has two goals himself. Pochettino favoured two holding midfielders to nulify Manchester United’s threat last week, though he may favour a more attacking approach this week. There are also potential injuries to both Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, so there could be starts for Serge Aurier and Ben Davies.
Roberto Pereyra continued his fine start to the season with his third goal of the campaign last weekend.
Isaac Success scored in the midweek EFL Cup win against Reading, but is unlikely to retain a starting role.
Spurs’ man of the moment is Lucas Moura, who is making the most of a starting role afforded to him via Son’s absence, with three goals in three opening games.
Both Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose picked up knocks in the win against Manchester United, so Serge Aurier and Ben Davies could both start.
|Watford (4-4-2):||Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucouré, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Gray, Deeney|
|Subs:||Gomes, Prödl, Mariappa, Success, Masina, Sema, Femenía|
|Injured:||Britos, Chalobah, Cleverley, Deulofeu|
|Spurs (4-3-2-1):||Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembélé, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Moura|
|Subs:||D Sánchez, Winks, Vorm, Llorente, Aurier, Rose, Amos|
So Far This Season
|Watford This Season||Spurs This Season|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||1 (2)|
|3 – 1 v Burnley||Biggest Win||3 – 0 v Man Utd|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|Roberto Pererya (3)||Top Goal Scorer||Lucas Moura (3)|
|Y8, R0||Discipline||Y5, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|66%||Both Teams to Score Games||66%|
|66%||Over 2.5 Goals||100%|
|33%||Under 2.5 Goals||0|
- Like Tottenham, Watford are unbeaten so far this season. They’ve conceded one goal in their two home matches, suggesting the defensive problems of last year have improved.
- Tottenham have scored at least twice in all three of their matches so far, including six goals in the last two.
- This will be Watford’s first match against top six opposition and a real test of their credentials for the season to come.
- Spurs, on the other hand, have already done away with Manchester United. They head into this match as favourites to extend their perfect record. Spurs have also beaten Watford in eight of the last nine encounters, drawing the other.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|30/04/2018||EPL||Spurs 2 – 0 Watford||Alli 16’|
|02/12/2017||EPL||Watford 1 – 1 Spurs||Kabasele 13′|
|08/04/2017||EPL||Spurs 4 – 0 Watford||Alli 33′|
|01/01/2017||EPL||Watford 1 – 4 Spurs||Kane 27′|
|06/02/2016||EPL||Spurs 1 – 0 Watford||Trippier 64′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Tottenham are big favourites at the bookies, but this certainly will not be easy. Watford showed great determination to beat a strong Crystal Palace side last week, so should not be discounted, especially when playing at home.
Looking at the results of the teams’ fixtures so far suggests goals here. We think it will play out that way too, so a good option would be both teams to score or over 2.5 goals is priced a little lower. You can get these bets at Grosvenor.