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Prem         Pl W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Home         6  6  0  0 16-2  18
Away         6  2  3  1  9-6   9
Total(Prem) 12  8  3  1 25-8  27
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) 12  8  3  1 25-8  27
Total(Div 1)12  6  1  5 17-10 19
Grand Total 24 14  4  6 41-18 43

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LDWLWL
Spurs      0-1    Newcastle
Arsenal    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      4-0    C. Palace
Leicester  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton
Brighton   3-0    Spurs

Watford    -    LDDLLD

Watford    1-3    West Ham
Newcastle  1-1    Watford
Watford    2-2    Arsenal
Man City   8-0    Watford
Wolves     2-0    Watford
Watford    0-0    Sheff Utd

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 9. Spurs     8  3  2  3  14-12   2   11
20. Watford   8  0  3  5   4-20 -16    3

There's a gloom that needs lifting

Another International break concludes (we have another one next month) and for both teams tomorrow there is a gloom that needs lifting. The doom-mongers certainly love it when a team like Tottenham Hotspur, or indeed Manchester United, show poor form, and there simply is no doubt that our beloved Lilywhites' form has led to low morale among the fans - both those who regularly attend games, and those around the world who watch, perhaps from behind the sofa these days.

The 7-2 beating by Bayern Munich, and the horrible 3-0 defeat by a Brighton side who had not shown such winning form previously this season (except on Day One against Watford) desperately need to be put further back in our memories by a good performance and a win against the bottom club. Tickets for our Champions League game on Tuesday against Red Star Belgrade have not been too easy to sell either.

Of course, Watford want to brighten their outlook as well. It was during the September International break that Javi Gracia was sacked, and Quique Sanchez Flores was re-appointed as Watford's coach. After what must be Watford's best result so far this season - a 2-2 home draw against Arsenal - the "Hornets" travelled to Manchester City and suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat. Having lost May's FA Cup Final to the same side 6-0, Watford will be glad not to be playing City again until late in the season.

Whilst they have yet to win a Premier League game, Watford have won both their Carabao Cup games so far, and do have a fourth round game to look forward to - unlike Spurs. We've had our own humiliations this season. @SpursOfficial will no doubt be busy in the run-up to this game highlighting previous Spurs goals in this fixture in an effort to boost our morale, but it is what the team does on the pitch tomorrow that will count.

Among those @SpursOfficial Twitter highlights might be goalkeeper Paul Robinson's free kick that beat Ben Foster in the Watford goal in March 2007, or perhaps David Ginola opening the scoring in a 4-0 win on Boxing Day 1999. Son Heung-min has scored important goals more recently, such as the 89th minute back-heel winner at Vicarage Road in December 2015. "Sonny" set us on our way to a Wembley win in last season's game before Fernando Llorente gave us an 87th minute winner, but Watford had the lead in that game, and didn't make things at all easy for us. They won't be rolling over tomorrow.

Ben Foster was on loan to Watford for two seasons until 2007. He was the bane of our lives in the League Cup Final for United in March 2009 when he was the man of the match in a game we lost in a penalty shoot-out and in 7 seasons with West Brom was often a time-wasting pain against us. No doubt he will be deploying such tactics tomorrow. Incidentally, Heurelho Gomes, who was going to retire at the end of last season, did sign an additional one-year contract, so could be seen, and cheered tomorrow.

One of Watford's problems could be the lack of significant transfer activity (that rings a bell!). They did sign Danny Welbeck, who was a free agent having been released last season by Arsenal, on a free, and also defender Craig Dawson from West Brom. Dawson has been a regular starter. Welbeck has only started the last two games. He did get his first club goal in the Carabao Cup win over Swansea. A bigger problem for the Hertfordshire side has probably been the absence of their inspirational captain Troy Deeney. Deeney has a knee injury and is said to be making good progress, but unlikely to be seen in this game.

Watford laid out a record fee of 25 million for 21 year old forward Senegalese International Ismaila Sarr, who can play anywhere up front, but who has only made one league start so far. He also scored a first club goal in the Carabao Cup when watford beat League One Coventry 3-0 in August.

Club captain Hugo Lloris was in good spirits at Hotspur Way this week, but won't be seen in action before the New Year. It was a good move to re-sign Michel Vorm (once again allocated squad number 13), but of course we should see Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks tomorrow. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon were back in training this week, but I've seen it suggested that this game will be too early for them. Christian Eriksen suffered a dead leg on International duty and is apparently "being assessed".

I am predicting a 3-0 win for Spurs, including a goal or two for in-form Harry Kane who is drawing close to Martin Chivers, who is currently third in our list of all-time goal scorers.

Did you know? - Watford historian Trefor Jones died in June, aged 77. His website, which will hopefully live on at is a meticulous record of Watford's history until the end of the 2016-17 season.

We have already seen referee Chris Kavanagh once this season. It was a good day for us, when we beat Aston Villa 3-1. Harry Kane scored his first two goals in the new stadium. This will be Mr Kavanagh's fifth game in charge of Spurs. This week he was engaged in Moldova, refereeing Albania's 4-0 away win in the Euro Qualifying competition. Mr Kavanagh refereed Watford's 3-1 home defeat to West Ham earlier this season.

Spurs record in recent London Derby League matches

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 17th October, 2009 Ledley King scored his penultimate Spurs goal in a 2-1 away win against Portsmouth. Ledley's final Spurs goal was also scored away from home, at Old Trafford. By coincidence, the last goal Ledley scored at White Hart Lane was in a 3-1 win against - Portsmouth. That was in December 2005.

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