Saturday’s match between Marco Silva’s Watford and final season’s runners-up Tottenham guarantees to be an in depth affair between the eighth and seventh positioned groups within the Premier League.
The desk and up to date type of either side level to a intently fought contest, particularly with Watford discovering a brand new gear below the tutelage of Silva.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have been stuttering of late and sit on the verge of shedding 4 consecutive away league video games for the primary time since January 2009.
The studying would not get a lot prettier for Spurs followers, because the facet they face have additionally seen off two different London sides at residence this season – downing Arsenal and West Ham at Vicarage Street.
Spurs appear to lack vital momentum going into a really busy festive interval of video games, however have nevertheless managed to see off Watford within the sides final eight Premier League encounters – profitable six with two attracts.
You must return all the best way to January 1999 for the final time a Watford facet scored multiple objective in opposition to Spurs.
The 1998/99 FA Cup threw up a objective fest in its early rounds and, with Spurs traditionally fancied as a cup facet, they had been sure of a win.
On this event that was the case, with the Lillywhites thumping the guests 5-2 at White Hart Lane with two targets from Steffen Iversen and Darren Anderton, Allan Nielsen and Ruel Fox additionally netting.
The Hornets’ targets got here from Richard Johnson and Peter Kennedy, with the previous’s objective giving the away facet a shock first minute lead.
However Spurs fought again to be Four-2 up at half-time and made certain they noticed out the sport within the second half.
Spurs actually aren’t of their richest vein of type for the time being, with the facet on the verge of a fourth away loss in a row for the primary time since 2009 with solely 4 factors taken from their final 5 video games, so boss Pochettino wants some vital factors on the board this weekend.
Having been overwhelmed 2-1 by Leicester in midweek Spurs sit in a precarious place, falling too far off the highest of the desk earlier than the midway level of the season – already 16 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis and eight factors behind second place Manchester United.
Regardless of shedding Four-2 to United, the Hornets had been on a constructive run – beating West Ham and Newcastle – and seeing themselves in eighth place within the league desk will put the membership in jubilant temper.
However with Spurs on the rocks for the time being and Watford proving cussed opposition for all sides within the league to this point it should make a tough contest for Tottenham.
Watford are at present brief on accessible choices on the again, with Tommy Hoban (ACL), Craig Cathcart (knee) and Miguel Britos all on the sidelines, leaving the Hornets’ backline stretched skinny.
Midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success are each out with knee accidents and unlikely to return for the sport on Saturday.
For Spurs, the continued absence of defender Toby Alderweireld is inflicting loads of points, with such an influential and steadfast presence lacking.
Midfielder Victor Wanyama (knee) continues to be sidelined however Harry Winks will return after lacking the final sport via sickness.
Watford Predicted Beginning Lineups: Gomez, Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegalaar, Hughes, Grey, Richarlison.
Tottenham Predicted Beginning Lineup: Lloris, Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Alli, Dembele, Rose, Son, Kane, Eriksen.
On paper, the easy power of the edges would level in direction of a Spurs victory, however with confidence low it will likely be tough to triumph with out some impressed performances from their prime stars.
Except somebody like Christian Eriksen or Harry Kane steps up on Saturday it may grow to be a tricky sport, with a draw wanting the likeliest of choices for the guests.
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However Kane is a person who can not cease scoring targets, and with such a presence up prime it may show essential for stopping the rut from Pochettino’s facet.
Prediction: Watford 1-2 Tottenham