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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Watford v Spurs, 18.01.20

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Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         7  6  1  0 17-3  19
Away         6  2  3  1  9-6   9
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Total(Prem) 13  8  4  1 26-9  28
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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) 13  8  4  1 26-9  28
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
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Grand Total 25 14  5  6 42-19 44
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Watford    -    LWDWWW

Liverpool  2-0    Watford
Watford    2-0    Man Utd
Sheff Utd  1-1    Watford
Watford    3-0    A. Villa
Watford    2-1    Wolves
B'mouth    0-3    Watford


Spurs      -    WLWDLL
           
Wolves     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Chelsea
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Norwich    2-2    Spurs
S'hampton  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs    22  8  6  8  36-31   5   30
17. Watford  22  5  7 10  20-34 -14   22

Such a crucial game

This is such a crucial game for both teams, kicking off this weekend's Premier League action in front of the BT SPORT cameras at 12.30pm. Spurs have Norwich at home next Wednesday and that game will be followed (after the FA Cup trip to Southampton) by a Premier League meeting with Manchester City. It is therefore vital that we get maximum points from the first two of these three league games. Defeat for Spurs would leave Watford just five points behind last year's beaten Champions League finalists.

When Watford came to Tottenham in October they were bottom of the table. Spurs were ninth. Watford's second coach of the season (they are on their third now) was Quique Sanchez Flores who had been re-appointed for the second time, and now he has been sacked for the second time. Flores' Watford had shown resilience with a home point against Sheffield United, and in our game the "Hornets" acquired their first ever away point in 7 Premier League visits to Tottenham. It was not an auspicious day for our team, who relied upon a late Dele Alli goal for even a point. It was Dele's first goal since January, and our celebrations were delayed because of VAR considerations.

Now Watford have Nigel Pearson in charge and since his appointment Watford have won 4 of their last five Premier league games and drawn the other. Pearson has dragged them off the very bottom of the table, when they were seemingly doomed, and with their emphatic win at Bournemouth last week he lifted them out of the bottom three. Watford have far better current form than we have, and they had far better form over Christmas. This will be another tough game for Spurs.

To a great extent, Watford's return to form can surely be attributed to club captain Troy Deeney's return in late November, after a two month absence due to injury. Watford's only defeat since Deeney started a game after his return was the 2-0 at Anfield. Troy didn't play in the 3-3 FA Cup drama against Tranmere (drawn 3-3), but he scored four goals (two from the spot) in his last five appearances. Deeney is ultra-competitive and has picked up a yellow card in his last three matches. In total he has been shown 45 yellow cards ( and three reds) in 352 league appearances for Watford.

There is no doubt Deeney inspires the players around him, but clearly, with the same personnel as his two predecessors this season, Pearson has got the "Hornets" organised far better. Morale must be high.

The very latest team news reports that club captain Hugo Lloris has returned to full training. I would suggest he will be eased back into the team after his three and a half month lay-off. Toby Alderweireld has tweeted this:-

Alderweireld was rested for the Middlesbrough game on Tuesday and Serge Aurier stayed on the bench. There's two definite starters then, along with Son and Dele Alli who played only the latter stages on Tuesday. Will we see Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, or Japhet Tanganga at left back? New (loan) signing Gedson Fernandes is surely not ready for anything other than a place on the bench yet. It will be a tough game, but I am predicting a 2-1 win for Spurs.

Last season's away game against Watford was in September, 2018. We lost 2-1, and even our goal was scored by a Watford player, so, although they lost at Wembley this time last year, they haven't done too badly in recent games against Spurs.

Tomorrow's match referee will be Michael Oliver, who has been in the middle for two previous Spurs games this season. Those were both away games - the 2-2 draw against Manchester City, and the 3-2 win against West Ham. Mr Oliver's very first game in charge of Spurs was in January 2011 for an FA Cup tie when we beat Charlton 3-0.

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