Match Preview: Spurs vs Watford
After a disappointing weekend in the FA Cup semi-final Spurs must return to winning ways this Monday evening against Watford. Spurs have gone without a win now for three games in a row, and the gap between Chelsea and the top four is shrinking by the week.
Spurs and Chelsea will both be the favourites in the majority of their remaining matches, so Spurs must remain composed, and must fight for the three points if they are to cement their position in the Champions League qualifiers for next season. A saving grace for Spurs might be that they have just the Premier League to focus on whilst Chelsea will have the FA Cup final to prepare for. Watford, all in all, have had a very impressive first season. However, they have only picked up two points in their last six games – so Spurs should feel comfortable hosting them at Wembley Stadium.
Watford managed to hold Spurs to a draw in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road. In December, Heung-Min Son got the only goal for Spurs on the road. Spurs will be hoping for more at home. You can refresh your memory of Spurs v Watford in 2017 here.
Here are a couple of goals that Spurs have scored against the Hornets:
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Injury and Team News
Tottenham Hotspur have suffered no new injuries recently, so should be able to field a fully fit first team. Danny Rose and Harry Winks have suffered long-term injuries and will probably not appear for the rest of the season now.
Unfortunately for Watford, they are currently carrying weighty injury issues: they have nine players who are either definitely ruled out or who are undergoing assessment. Striker Troy Deeney has suffered damage to his ankle, and is the latest injury blow for the Hornets. Roberto Pereyra is out with a groin industry. In more positive news, Sebastial Prodl, who has been off ill, and Andre Carillo, who suffered a knock in the last game could return to action.
Tottenham Hotspur are still fourth in the league with 68 points. They are three points behind Liverpool on 71 points and five points ahead of Chelsea on 63 points. Spurs could still finish above Liverpool and actually have a game in hand of the Reds. Chelsea play Liverpool in a fortnight, and the result for that fixture could massively impact the gap between either Spurs and Liverpool or Spurs and Chelsea.
Watford are 12th in the League with 38 points. Experts have long said that the 40 point mark usually means safety, but with disappointing performances from the bottom four teams, Watford are safe from relegation.
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Predicted Line-ups: Spurs vs Watford
The match will kick off at 8pm on Monday the 30th of April. It will be televised on Sky Sports.
Spurs vs Watford: Our Prediction
Pochettino will be looking to quickly overturn this sudden bad run of form that Spurs find themselves in. The manager, and the players, have always said that the key aim for the season was to finish within the top four. They’ve held that position for a few weeks now and they really need to fight not to let that slip. Spurs will be hungry and will be looking for the win. Whilst Watford did manage a draw at Vicarage Road, they too have been on a poor run of form and are riddled with injury issues.
Our Prediction: Spurs 2:0 Watford