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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Watford v Spurs, 01.01.17

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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  3-1  0-0
2015-16 P  1-0  2-1  

Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         3  3  0  0  8-1   9
Away         3  1  2  0  3-2   5
Total(Prem)  6  4  2  0 11-3  14
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)  6  4  2  0 11-3  14
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
Grand Total 18 10  3  5 27-13 30

Last Six Premier League results:-

Watford    -    LLWLLD

Watford    0-1   Stoke
West Brom  3-1   Watford
Watford    3-2   Everton
Man City   2-0   Watford
S'derland  1-0   Watford
Watford    1-1   C. Palace

Spurs      -    LWLWWW

Chelsea    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      5-0   Swansea
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   Hull
Spurs      2-1   Burnley
S'hampton  1-4   Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs    18 10  6  2  33-13  20   36
10. Watford  18  6  4  8  22-30  -8   22

Let's harry "The Hornets"!

Watford's mascot "Harry The Hornet" was in the news after Watford's Boxing Day draw at home to Crystal Palace because he mimicked Wilfried Zaha's dive at the end of the game, next to the player in question, who had been booked for simulation in the Watford area. Sam Allardyce called for an FA enquiry into the behaviour of the mascot, but that is not going to happen, and most observers found the story hilarious rather than controversial. I have to express some sympathy, as my recollection is that Harry danced in front of the away end last season when Ighalo had scored in the 41st minute. I remember thinking that the mascot could have started a riot, so maybe there is a case for his behaviour to be moderated!

The fixtures computer (or rather those who fix our football TV schedules) has/have not been kind to those nursing a New Year's Day hangover, not least because this match is the early starter with a 1.30 pm kick-off! When we played at Vicarage Road last season, it was also on Matchday 19 in the Premier League programme, but played on the 28th December. Spurs won the game 2-1 with a dramatic late goal by Son Heung-min scored in front of the travelling fans, creating scenes of unmitigated joy. (Watford 1 Spurs 2, 28.12.15)

I thought that Matchday 19 of the Premier league programme was later than ever this year, but as recently as 2011-12, that round of games also went into New Year's Day. Another occasion when Spurs met Watford in the festive season was on Boxing Day 1999, at White Hart Lane. It's a little hard to think that is now just over 17 years ago, but Spurs Odyssey was online to report on a 4-0 victory, which started with David Ginola's 27th minute goal, and which was followed by more goals from Iversen and Sherwood (2). (Spurs 4 Watford 0, 26.12.99).

One player who was present for that 1999 game is still playing League football this season. Watford's reserve keeper that day was former Spur Chris Day, now 42, but still on the books at League Two Stevenage. Chris has finally surrendered his position as first choice keeper at Broadhall Way these days, but he has managed a couple of starts this season, and I believe he does a bit of coaching with the club too.

We'll be facing ex-Spurs players again this time of course. There are three in the Watford squad now after Younes Kaboul was allowed a move back south from Sunderland for personal reasons. Kaboul has played 11 Premier League games so far, and has joined the ever popular Heurelho Gomes, along with midfielder Etienne Capoue in the Watford squad. Both Gomes and Capoue have been ever-present in Watford's Premier League games. Capoue even leads Watford's list of scorers in league games with five goals, which is good for him, but also a judgement upon those in front of him who are supposed to have been hitting the net.

Last season's Deeney/Ighalo partnership has not borne so much fruit this time around. Deeney (still Watford's captain) has hit four (including his Boxing Day penalty), but Ighalo has managed only one league goal so far this season. In their one recent win it was recent signing Stefano Okaka Chuka who scored his first and second goals in a 3-2 win over Everton. Okaka, who had a loan spell with Fulham in 2010, scored against us for Anderlecht in a Europa League defeat in October 2015. Okaka faces a late fitness test, after a hamstring problem

Watford gave themselves two or three problems on Boxing Day. Both Janmaat and Behrami had to be substituted early with injury and will be out for this game with a groin and hamstring injury respectively. . Also Miguel Britos got his fifth yellow card of the season and will miss the game. They are also missing players such as defender Mariappa and midfielder Pereyra with knee injuries, so it looks like they might face a struggle against an in-form Totteneham team.

Spurs do have Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen suspended for this game after their fifth bookings on Wednesday night, but Toby Alderweireld is in the squad. Maybe Pochettino will play three at the back (Dier, Alderweireld and Wimmer), with Kieran Trippier coming in for Kyle Walker as right wing-back. Mauricio will probably want to rotate one or two players in front of the defence with Chelsea in mind. Erik Lamela is not going to be seen in action for a week or two yet. I still take Spurs to win this one 2-0. Let's harry "The Hornets"!

This will be referee Michael Oliver's third game in charge of Spurs this season. He previously took control of our games at home to Crystal Palace and away to Chelsea. In fifteen Premier League games this season, Mr. Oliver has only seen two away wins. Both were by Liverpool - at The Emirates and at Swansea. That last away win was three months ago on 1st October. Let's have a third for this man tomorrow!

Stop press! - Following Manchester City's defeat at Anfield on New Year's Eve, Spurs can go third for a couple of hours with a win at Watford. We will stay there should Arsenal slip up against Palace. Come on you Spurs! Come on Palace! Happy New Year!

Please note that due to New Year social commitments usual post-match services and the match report will be delayed.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. On New Year's Day 2011, we beat Fulham 1-0 with a goal from Gareth Bale.

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