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Preview Pack - Spurs v Watford - 17.03.07

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The following is a tabulation of all our League results against Watford.

Previous Results
       Div Home Away
1982-83 1  0-1  1-0
1983-84 1  2-3  3-2
1984-85 1  1-5  2-1
1985-86 1  4-0  0-1
1986-87 1  2-1  0-1
1987-88 1  2-1  1-1
1999-00 P  4-0  1-1
2006-07 P       0-0

Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         1  1  0  0  4-0   3
Away         2  0  2  0  1-1   2
Total(Prem)  3  1  2  0  5-1   5
Lge Div 1 
Home         6  3  0  3 11-11  9
Away         6  3  1  2  7-6  10
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 18-17 19
Total(Prem)  3  1  2  0  5-1   5
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
Grand Total 15  7  3  5 22-11 24
Last Six Premiership results:-

Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Fulham     1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-4   Man Utd
Sheff Utd  2-1   Spurs
Everton    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-1   Bolton
West Ham   3-4   Spurs


Man Utd    4-0   Watford
Watford    0-1   Bolton
West Ham   0-1   Watford
Watford    1-1   Wigan
Watford    0-3   Everton
Watford    2-2   Charlton

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8 Spurs   29 12  6 11  40-43  -3  42  
19 Watford 29  3 11 15  18-43 -25  20

Congratulations to Watford on reaching this year's FA Cup semi-final! I well remember being at White Hart Lane 37 years ago on March 14th 1970, when they sadly fell victim to the Chelsea side that went on to beat Leeds in a replayed Final. Watford were beaten 5-1 in front of 55,000 fans. That was the Watford side that included the likes of Mike Walker (Ian's Dad) in goal, and Scullion, Endean and Garbett in the outfield. Garbett got the Watford goal that day, but Houseman (2), David Webb, Peter Osgood and Hutchinson completed a rout for Chelsea.

Watford have reached this year's semi-final, thanks to victories over Stockport, West Ham, Ipswich and Plymouth. We'd love to meet you in the Final boys!

Watford would give everything for success in the Premiership of course, and are not fancied to escape the drop. Their few wins in the League include what was a repeat 1-0 victory at Upton Park a month ago, so we congratulate them for that as well!

The only other two Premiership wins came at home against Middlesbrough in November, and against Blackburn in January. After our game, Adrian Boothroyd's side host Chelsea, before a run-in that does not include the present top four, so maybe there is still a glimmer of hope for the Hertfordshire club.

The last time we met at home was on Boxing Day 1999, when Ginola commenced the scoring in a 4-0 win, with further goals by Iversen and Sherwood (2). That was Watford's only previous season in the Premiership, when they finished bottom of the League. They do sit above West Ham at present.

In our visit to Vicarage Road in October, we were in the midst of poor away form, still looking for an away league win, and Watford were managing to keep clean sheets, gaining a valuable point in the 0-0 draw. At that time, the Hornets had Ashley Young, who has since been sold for a handsome fee to Aston Villa.

Despite their position, Watford have lost just four of their games heavily, so have competed well in their remaining 25 games, with little reward. Indeed they drew 6 of their first 11 games.

Spurs can expect a tough game from lively opposition, with everything to play for. Martin Jol must surely rest two or three key players ahead of Monday's semi-final replay, and judging by his state of tiredness when interviewed at the end of the Braga game, Dimitar Berbatov will make way for Mido, I should think. Aaron Lennon limped off and may be an injury doubt in any case, but Hossam Ghaly will probably step in. Ricardo Rocha will be back to shore up the defence, where maybe Dawson will get a deserved day off.

Only Jol knows what the answers will be, but Spurs will be just as keen for three three points, with Everton playing Arsenal, and Bolton playing Man Utd this week-end. With Reading lined up for our next home Premiership game, Spurs do have their sights realistically set on a top six league placing. How things have changed since we lost at Bramall Lane in mid-February!

It should be a lively game, with Spurs in tip-top scoring form (now 23 in 7 unbeaten games), but still seeking their first Premiership clean sheet since the away game with Watford! I'll go for a 2-0 to Spurs.

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