A rejuvenated Watford welcome a Tottenham team far from that to Vicarage Road this weekend. You might have expected the teams to have each other’s records coming into this game, but it’s the Hornets who are flying at present and Spurs who are stuck in a rut.
Where and when: Vicarage Road – 18 January, kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Watford vs. Tottenham: BT Sport
Last time: Watford held the lead for 80 minutes thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s early opener at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October, but Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs in the closing stages.
Watford v Tottenham Predictions and Preview
Tottenham have a great record against Watford in recent season, winning 10 of the last 13 meetings between the clubs. The Hornets have only won once in that spell, although that was in this fixture last season when Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart scored to complete a comeback victory following a Doucoure own goal.
That’s sure to give the Watford dressing room even more confidence than that which is already coursing through their veins. Nigel Pearson has inspired a dramatic upturn in their form, picking up 14 points from just seven Premier League fixtures. The Hornets have only lost once in eight matches in all competitions under Pearson, after suffering 10 defeats in 18 fixtures to start the season.
While Watford are looking for their fourth straight Premier League victory this weekend, Tottenham, are looking to end a run of three without a win. That includes two defeats to Liverpool and Southampton, with Spurs having only managed four points from their last five games, having taken 12 from their first five under Jose Mourinho.
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Troy Deeney to score first
Watford to win 2-1
Watford to win
The injury to Harry Kane is a disaster for how Mourinho wants to play, with Spurs set to be without their talisman until April. Even more alarmingly, the cracks seem to be appearing already with Tottenham’s new manager. He’s called this his toughest job since Porto, and will demand signings straight away to solve the problems he faces with form and fitness.
It’ll be tough to bring in any new faces in time for this game though. And with their hosts bouncing right now, Mourinho could be in for another dismal day at the office on Saturday. Pearson has his players more organised and putting a much more impressive shift in than had been doing earlier in the campaign.
Tottenham have plenty of quality and the players to hurt their hosts, but Watford could be great value for the win here at 47/20. Spurs meanwhile are available at 23/18, while you can back the draw at 13/5.
One to watch for Watford: Abdoulaye Doucoure has been in the thick of things against Tottenham in recent games between the two clubs, opening the scoring in two of their last three meetings. One of those may have been at the wrong end, but the Frenchman broke the deadlock against Bournemouth last weekend and is 15/1 to do the same again here.
One to watch for Tottenham: With six goals in his last seven games for Tottenham against Watford, Dele Alli certainly enjoy playing against the Hornets. There’s more pressure on the England international with Kane out, and he’s 9/1 to rise to the challenge by scoring the opener.
Long shot: Considering the current form of both of these teams, and the fact that Watford beat Tottenham by this scoreline last season, a 2-1 home win might not be all that much of a long shot at 11/1.