Watford VS Tottenham Prediction
First Premier League encounter in the new year will take place early on Sunday afternoon, 1 January 2017, when Watford takes on Tottenham Hotspur at its “Vicarage Road”. Their game will mark half of the season for both clubs. It’s also one of the two remaining round 19 fixtures which are scheduled for Sunday, after a huge portion of English Premier League football in last day of 2016.
Before beginning of Round 19 on Saturday afternoon, we find Spurs on fifth position on only a point behind their North London rivals Arsenal.Meanwhile, Watford occupies top half position as “The Hornets” are 10th with 22 points, on 14 from their current opponents.
Watford vs Tottenham – Team News and Match Preview
And if Watford wants to maintain a relatively good impression, especially from home games, Walter Mazzarri’s men must put an end of a negative tendency. “Hornets” have lost from Tottenham in five consecutive matches and they have never beaten them in a Premier League match. Their last victory over “Spurs” dates back in May 1987 (1-0) and almost 30 years later Watford can boast with just three draws in 10 games against Tottenham.
Another bad streak of the home side is their current form and fact they have won only once in last six matches. Latest example for an ineffective performance was on Boxing Day when Watford were hosts on Crystal Palace and game ended in a draw (1-1). Goal for Watford came after a successfully executed penalty by captain Troy Deeney in second half of the match, which has ended a poor attacking record after two away games without scoring. Indeed, Watford could not score and lost in previous two EPL rounds before Christmas – 2-0 vs Manchester City and 1-0 vs Sunderland.
However, their home form has been relatively strong all season and “The Hornets” were winners in four of their previous 7 home matches, losing in only one of them – 0-1 by Stoke City.
Tottenham will be keen to reach sixth in a row against Watford and Mauricio Pochettino already has two wins against them (1-0 and 2-1 last season), although they were in a managerial duel with Quique Sánchez Flores. Now the Argentine has to squeeze all positives from last round’s performance, when on Wednesday evening “Spurs” made a full comeback and won 1-4 their visit in Southampton. A wonderful result which was first away win for Tottenham since end of September, when they won over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage. It has been followed by 4 draws and 4 defeats and these unpleasing results have cost Tottenham position in the League Cup, as well as in the UEFA Champions League.
Watford vs Tottenham – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Despite impressive result against Southampton, Tottenham gave victims in face of Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen. Both defenders are suspended after picking up their fifth yellow cards and Mauricio Pochettino relies that Toby Alderweireld should be fully recovered from a virus, so he’ll be able to select solid centre-back duo featuring names of Alderweireld and Eric Dier.
Erik Lamela continues to recover from a hip injury and he remains a doubt. Otherwise all other key attacking players are ready for battle and one of them will be under the spotlights. Harry Kane could mark his 100th EPL appearance game here. He has scored 57 goals in 99 matches and we should highlight only eight players have scored more in their first 100 Premier League appearances.
Situation in Watford looks much more complicated. Except latest injuries of Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami, who have both been ruled out for three weeks, Walter Mazzarri cannot count on a suspended centre-back Miguel Britos, as well as on several more injuried players – Adrian Mariappa, Ben Watson, Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success, Stefano Okaka.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Tottenham have been determined for favourites to win in Watford and their emphatic win over Southampton increased these expectations. So we can easily say that current form, overall quality and successful run of “Spurs” against Watford are few good arguments why Tottenham should really be considered for reasonable favourites. Nevertheless, we must also point out decent home record of Watford and fact “The Hornets” have scored in 9 of their 10 home matches this season, while “Spurs” have conceded at least once in their last six visits, losing four of them.
Of course, we cannot compare matches with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and AS Monaco with the upcoming journey to Watford, but we definitely find better value in betting odds for “Both teams to score – Yes“. Our expectations are that both sides will score and we don’t want to take any commitment with a prediction regarding final outcome.
Venue: “Vicarage Road”, Watford.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Possible starting lineups of Watford and Tottenham
Watford FC: Heurelho Gomes – Sebastian Prödl, Craig Cathcart, Younès Kaboul – Jose Holebas, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue, Adlène Guédioura, Nordin Amrabat – Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney. (3-5-2)
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier – Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama – Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)