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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  
2016-17 P  4-0  4-1

Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         4  4  0  0 12-1  12
Away         4  2  2  0  7-3   8
Total(Prem)  8  6  2  0 19-4  20
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)  8  6  2  0 19-4  20
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
Grand Total 20 12  3  5 35-14 36

Last Six Premier League results:-

Watford    -    LLLWWL

Chelsea    4-2    Watford
Watford    0-1    Stoke
Everton    3-2    Watford
Watford    2-0    West Ham
Newcastle  0-3    Watford
Watford    2-4    Man Utd

Spurs      -    WLWLDL

Spurs      4-1    Liverpool
Man Utd    1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    C. Palace
Arsenal    2-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    West Brom
Leicester  2-1    Spurs

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
7. Spurs    14  7  3  4  22-12  10   24
8. Watford  14  6  3  5  24-25  -1   21

Let the bounce back begin!

At the end of last season, we won our final two games away to Leicester (6-1) and then (now Watford manager) Marco Silva's Hull City (7-1). I don't envisage another big away win tomorrow, and I certainly hope we don't get the same result as we did on Tuesday night this week at Leicester!

Thanks to the midweek results, and our poor recent form, we are only one place, but three points ahead of Watford. Goal difference is in our favour, so even defeat would not lead to another drop down the table. Not that we want to replicate the Leicester result this time around!

We put four goals past Watford at home and away last season. The away game was played first on New Year's Day. The 4-1 scoreline was a repeat of the preceding game (also away) against Southampton. Harry Kane and Dele Alli both bagged two goals, and Dele was in the middle of a record run for a midfielder in the Premier League, scoring two goals in three consecutive games. Those who have been disappointed in Dele's form this season are perhaps comparing it to the incredibly high standards he set himself in his first two years at this level. Perhaps also a reminder that Dele scored two of our three goals against Real Madrid last month helps us to realise his full talents are never far below the surface.

Spurs had been 3-0 up at half time, and that was for the first time since we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Roker Park in March 1997. It was only a true consolation goal scored by former Spur Younes Kaboul that pierced our clean sheet. Kaboul hasn't played since September, and is apparently not available, due to a hamstring injury.

Harry Kane didn't start the home game against Watford played in April, and it was Dele Alli who gave us the lead with a lovely 33rd minute goal from the edge of the area. The stats quoted about him that day were that as an under 21 player he had had a hand in as many goals (40) as Lampard, Gerrard and Beckham combined. The lad has pedigree! Eric Dier and Son Heung-min (2) completed another rout against a side managed last season by Walter Mazzarri.

Now Silva is in charge. The 40 year old Portuguese coach was wanted by Everton, but Watford refused to part with the man, not even with a proposed "transfer" fee. With Silva at the helm there have been a number of changes, but another (ever popular) former Spur Heurelho Gomes remains the number one goalie and captains the side when Troy Deeney does not start. Signings have included 20 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Richarlison (from Fluminense), who has scored 5 league goals in 14 Premier League appearances (one as sub). Two of those goals have been crucial 90th minute strikes, which secured a win against Swansea and a draw at West Brom. He is going to be a player to watch.

Another young signing was 22 year old England under 21 International Will Hughes, signed from Derby. Hughes has started the last four games and scored a goal against West Ham and Newcastle. However, it seems that Hughes is now one of Watford's absentees following a hamstring injury sustained this week. Tom Cleverley was on loan last season, but now he is a full time Watford player, and is ever-present in league games. Equal leading scorer (with Richarlison) is Abdoulaye Doucoure, who scored in Tuesday night's 4-2 home defeat to Man Utd. That game looked like being a waltz for Mourinho's side until Doucoure added to Troy Deeney's 77th minute penalty. A quality solo goal by Lingard secured the points for United.

Silva has got Watford playing some entertaining football,but in truth they have been an in and out side this season, despite their high league placing. They have lost four of their last six games, despite all their focus being on the Premier League since an early home defeat in the Carabao Cup to Bristol City. They have failed to score in only three of their fifteen games in all competitions. Watford have conceded more goals in their seven games at home (15) than any other side in the Premier League. They have a better away record so far than they have at Vicarage Road.

Other definite absentees for Watford include former Chelsea man Nathan Chalobah and defender Craig Cathcart. Britos is also described as a major doubt.

Spurs have good news in the availability of Harry Winks, whose steady presence was missed on Tuesday. I expect Trippier and Davies to return, and hope for Erik Lamela to excite us from the start of this game.

I expect a fairly open and entertaining game tomorrow. Spurs should be busy against The "Hornets" after their lack of fight in the first half at Leicester. I honestly fancy Spurs to bounce back from their recent slump and to come away with a 3-1 win!

This will be match referee Martin Atkinson's first game in charge of Spurs since the FA Cup semi-final in April against Chelsea. That was not an auspicious occasion for us, although the same referee had looked after our 2-0 home win against Chelsea in January when Dele completed that scoring record of two goals in three consecutive games. Mr Atkinson was subject of criticism from Stoke manager Mark Hughes over some of the decisions made in their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

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