This weekend’s Premier League action climaxes at Wembley as Tottenham Hotspur meet Watford in the final Monday Night Football of this season.

Tottenham come into this needing victory if they’re to restore their five point gap over Chelsea in the race for fourth.

Watford meanwhile are virtually safe but those below them have games in hand so a win here could very well be key for the Hornets’ survival hopes.

 

Team news

Rose Spurs

Danny Rose

Tottenham could welcome Danny Rose back from a calf injury here.

Midfielder, Harry Winks remains out injured with an ankle injury.

Watford meanwhile could have five players back for this clash.

Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney are fit again after overcoming ankle injuries.

Roberto Pereyra (groin), Sebastian Prodl (illness) and Andre Carrillo (knock) are also available for the trip to Wembley.

Stefano Okaka and Tom Cleverley are ruled out with thigh injuries, whilst Nathaniel Chalobah and Tommie Hoban are absent with knee issues.

Younes Kaboul is also sidelined with an ankle injury.

 

Form

This is Tottenham’s first match since their FA Cup exit last weekend to Manchester United.

On the league front, Spurs have lost just one of their 16 games but have conceded in each of their last five.

Since returning from the international break, Christian Eriksen has been in form, scoring in three of last four league games whilst Harry Kane has netted in Spurs’ last two away matches during second half of both games.

Watford come here in poor form, taking two points from last six league matches.

Both of those points however came at home so this is going to be tough for the Hornets.

During this run, Watford have scored just three goals but conceded 13 at the back, with eight of those goals coming against two members of the ‘Big Six’ in Arsenal (3-0) and Liverpool (5-0).

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in last 12 meetings with Watford across all competitions (W9 D3).
  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in three of last four home league games against Watford.
  • Harry Kane has produced 169 shots this season, more than any other player in the Premier League. Watford’s Richarlison has managed just over half of Kane’s total despite having played two more league games than the Englishman
  • Watford are yet to score from a free kick this season.
  • Just one Spurs player (Eric Dier) has made two errors leading to the opposition scoring, whilst Watford have two players (Heurelho Gomes & Adrian Mariappa) who also made two mistakes which led to them conceding.

 

Where can game be won or lost?

Per Game Average Tottenham Hotspur (home) Watford (away)
Corners 8.06 4.88
Fouls 9.19 11.53
Shots 19.69 10.82
Shots on Target 6.5 3.18
Goals 2 1
Yellow Cards 1 1.29
Red Cards 0 2
Goals per First Half % 37.5 41.2
Goals per Second Half % 62.5 58.8

Tottenham definitely will be dominant in attack and are clearly the better when it comes to clinical finishing, averaging a whole goal more at home than what Watford manages on their travels. 

To be honest, it’s hard to see where Watford can this game because their away discipline is also poor with two red cards and over two more fouls on average than Spurs. 

Their best hope is finding a goal in first half when they average more goals than Spurs, then holding on throughout rest of match and maybe grabbing a second in second half when both teams tend to find the net. 

Other than that, I can’t really see where the Hornets can win this match. 

 

Prediction

With Chelsea winning on Saturday, this is really a must win for Spurs if want to push the gap back up and in process, leapfrog Liverpool into third.

I am going for a comfortable Spurs victory because they will have too much for a Watford side who are poor on the road under Javi Garcia.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Watford

Jake predicts: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Watford 

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