Watford will be seeking to continue an impressive run of results when they host Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham team, buoyed by having moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 18th, January
Kick-off: 1:30 pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
TV Channel: BT Sport
Watford’s 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth last time out ensured they have taken 13 points from a possible 15 from their last five Premier League matches, a feat that have reignited their season as they continue to battle the drop.
Nigel Pearson has been working wonders with the Hornets who earlier looked destined for relegation, in spite of their recent tough run of games in the top flight. The postponement of their FA Cup replay with Tranmere Rovers in midweek could offer a further boost and keep his wards even more fresher for the visit of Tottenham.
Tottenham have been toiling of recent in the top flight and the 2-1 FA Cup replay victory they secured versus Middlesbrough last time out was their first in their last five games in all competitions.
Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela scored first half goals in that game but their opposition still nearly got themselves into it, George Saville scoring seven minutes from time to make for a nervy ending.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last three matches against Watford, but fell to a 2-1 loss the last time they travelled to the Vicarage Road.
Christian Kabasele is still suspended for the hosts while Abdoulaye Doucouré, Daryl Janmaat and Will Hughes are doubts.
At least eight players could be missing for Pearson’s selection.
Mourinho will be without Harry Kane,
Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele for this game.
Latest Spurs acquisition, Gedson Fernandes might offer some much needed boost.
Head to Head
This will be the 36th competitive meeting between Tottenham and Watford, with Spurs winning 22 to the Hornet’s seven. Six games have been drawn.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Watford’s last three league games.
Watford have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three league games.
Tottenham are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 games against Watford in all competitions.
Watford are the form side coming into this game. They are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, winning four of those. Watford’s last five games in all competitions (DWWDW)
Tottenham have not won any of their last three league games, and will be hoping the cup win over Middlesbrough last time out will offer them a timely boost for this one. Tottenham’s last five games in all competitions (DLDLW)
Tottenham know the importance of this game, in their aim for a strong finish to the season so it is important they approach it with every seriousness they can muster. Thus, I’d picking an outright win on the road for them at odds of 5/4.
On the goalscorers markets, Tottenham’s Dele Alli is an interesting option to join the goals at anytime for 23/10.