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Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         5  5  0  0 14-1  15
Away         6  2  3  1  9-6   9
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Total(Prem) 11  7  3  1 23-7  24
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Lge Div 1 
Home         6  3  0  3 11-11  9
Away         6  3  1  2  7-6  10
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Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 18-17 19
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Total(Prem) 11  7  3  1 23-7  24
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
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Grand Total 23 13  4  6 39-17 40
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWLW
           
Everton    2-6    Spurs
Spurs      5-0    B'mouth
Spurs      1-3    Wolves
Cardiff    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man Utd
Fulham     1-2    Spurs

Watford    -    WLDDWD

West Ham   0-2    Watford
Watford    1-2    Chelsea
Watford    1-1    Newcastle
B'mouth    3-3    Watford
C. Palace  1-2    Watford
Watford    0-0    Burnley

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs     23 17  0  6  48-23  25   51
7. Watford   23  9  6  8  32-32   0   33

Will we see a return to "Son shine" football?

Tomorrow night sees a return to Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino's priority of maintaining a top four place and seeing Champions League football for a new season in a new stadium. Yes, it's a return to the bread and butter of the Premier League.

Sadly, Spurs have lost two of their last four Premier league games, and they have both been at home. Firstly, we surrendered to Wolves after Harry Kane had scored a cracking goal, and then we lost 1-0 to Solskjaer's Manchester United, although we did give De Gea's goal a bit of a pounding. Both these games were played with players we have since been missing - Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

Now we have ended our interest in both domestic cup competitions in two consecutive games, with much-weakened teams, and are actually on a disappointing run of form having lost three out of four games. The game we managed to win - at Fulham - was with a goal in the dying seconds. Now at least we can welcome back our second highest goal scorer, Son Heung-min, who has returned from South Korea's surprising quarter-final exit from the Asian Cup against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.

Will we see a return to "Son shine" football? That must be in question, as even "Sonny" has not scored in his last five games. Two of those were for Spurs, and the last three in the Asian Cup when his team managed just two goals. Here's hoping!

In my opinion, what we need to see from Tottenham is more aggressive, assertive football. Not aggressive in a physical way, but more direct. Our approach in the second halves of those two cup defeats has been more to my liking than the slow pedantic "recycling", possession-based football we see too much under Pochettino. It makes us too predictable, and gives the opposition too much time to fall back and prepare their defensive barriers.

Son might be back, but Moussa Sissoko is still described as a "slight doubt" for tomorrow's game. The team would benefit greatly from his driving force. Christian Eriksen will return, and we need his creative juices so much. Where else can we find such a commodity with the guile of Dele Alli destined to be absent until March? That is one area where we would benefit from dipping into the transfer market, surely. We have no back-up or a challenger for Eriksen.

Hugo Lloris will replace Gazzaniga and in recent games, I sensed that even our new number two keeper has been indoctrinated into the "play from the back" routine. Those who watch games with me will confirm that this style of ours frustrates the hell out of me, and - here's a surprise for you - it could yet drive me away from following my beloved Spurs up and down the country and across Europe.

If we are not going to win a cup, and let's face it, we are not going to win the League or the Champions League, what really is the point of spending my hard earned cash when I could watch Spurs on the telly most of the time. I know Liverpool lead the league at this time, but the domination of the domestic game by "moneybags" Manchester City could be the death of football for this follower. Don't worry, I'll be in the new stadium for a season when it comes, but listen up Spurs, you have put me - an away season ticket holder - in less favourable viewing positions for the last two games, and I'm not too happy about that. (PS - It's not Spurs' fault, but I am also fed up with being on my feet throughout virtually all away games these days).

Back to tomorrow's game, and we will see the strongest team Pochettino can muster with the return of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose. Jan Vertonghen will start too, I presume. Ben Davies remains on the list of players unavailable. I think Kieran Trippier needs a rest after the Palace game, and that Serge Aurier should play tomorrow. The two of them will no doubt rotate the right back slot now that Serge is back to full fitness. After Saturday's game against Newcastle there is no reason why Spurs should not field their strongest available for side for these three consecutive home game, as there is a full week - 8 days in fact - between the Newcastle and Leicester games. With 10 days off after Borussia Dortmund at home, there might be no need for the resting of players.

Watford will be stiff opposition. They are in better form than Tottenham, having lost just one of their last 10 games, which was at home to Chelsea on Boxing Day. I laughed last Saturday when Chris Sutton castigated Watford for being a "disgrace to the FA Cup" when they made 11 team changes for their game at Newcastle. Watford won 2-0. That's how strong a squad they have. They remain in contention for the FA Cup, AND a place in Europe.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, who scored the own goal that gave Spurs the lead (which we lost) in our away game at Watford is a definite absentee for "The Hornets", who have managed without Sebastian Prodl since October (knee) and will also miss Femenia, who has a hamstring injury. Watford's top scorer in the league is Roberto Pereyra (6) whilst Troy Deeney is just one behind. A player I like is former Barcelona (and Everton) man Gerard Deulofeu. He and Pereyra offer pace and penetration.

I am going for a 2-1 Spurs win, but I do not think this will be an easy game for us by any means.

The club will be marking Bill Nicholson's 100th Birthday tomorrow night. It's a shame we cannot mark it with a Cup win this year, but some of Bill's players will be interviewed at half-time, and "Mr. Tottenham" will feature on the programme cover. There is a long list of famous and not so famous names that have played for both sides, but the most famous you can link with Bill Nicholson is of course goalkeeper Pat Jennings, signed for Spurs at the age of 19 by the great man, and still to this observer, the best goalkeeper we ever had. I am sure Pat will be one of those interviewed pitchside tomorrow.

COME ON YOU SPURS!

Match referee Graham Scott has been in charge of just 8 Premier League games this season, one of which was our 1-0 win over Burnley which featured a late goal by Eriksen. I'll take an Eriksen winner tomorrow, but not too late please!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches. Spurs Odyssey does include Watford in this list

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Twenty years ago, we drew 1-1 at Ewood Park when Steffen Iversen scored our equalising goal. A player called Jansen (Matt) scored for Blackburn. A player called Janssen (Vincent) will not feature for Spurs tomorrow.

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