Tottenham face Watford on Monday night, nine days after losing to Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Spurs must find some form if they’re to stay in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It’s a worrying time for Mauricio Pochettino, whose side have dropped five points recently against Premier League winners Manchester City and Brighton. They’ll be confident of beating Watford though, who’ve picked up just two points from their last six games. It’s now three games since Spurs last won a game, when they played away at Stoke on 7th April. They won 2-1 on that day, with goals coming from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane. The latter has looked very tired in recent weeks, which will now be a worry for Gareth Southgate and England ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
Watford, meanwhile, are without a win in any of their last six Premier League games, with just two draws, coming against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. They’ve had narrow defeats to Huddersfield and Burnley in April, while their recent record has also seen heavy losses to both Liverpool and Arsenal. They haven’t won since 3rd March, when they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Vicarage Road and they could drop to 14th in the Premier League table if results don’t go their way come kick-off on Monday. Relegation is unlikely though, as they currently have 38 points, nine clear of Southampton in 18th with three games of the season remaining.
Tottenham vs. Watford Predictions
Watford will have their work cut out and Wembley and there’s almost certainly a sense that they’ll have a new manager at the end of the season, as that’s the way the club operates. Spurs desperately need to find some form and they’re very fortunate that they’ve come up against a team who are in a rut. Spurs should win this game, and if they play well, they should score quite a few goals. They’ve conceded a lot recently, so Watford will back themselves to score a goal.
Tottenham vs. Watford Betting Tips
Head to Head
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Watford in all competitions (W9 D3), since a 3-2 defeat at White Hart Lane in the League Cup in October 1994.
- Watford have lost their last seven away league matches against Spurs since a 5-1 win in May 1985 under Graham Taylor.
- Tottenham have lost their last two home games in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 42 combined. They’ve not lost three in a row at home in the same season since November 2004 (a run of four).
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side haven’t gone four games without a win in all competitions since a run of seven in October/November 2016.
- The Hornets have lost three of their four visits to Wembley, including both at the new Wembley against Crystal Palace, winning the other in May 1999 against Bolton in the second-tier play-off final.
- Spurs have scored in each of their last 22 Premier League games. They last had a longer run of scoring in the top-flight in April 1987 (26 games).
- Watford have lost their last seven Premier League matches in London since winning 2-1 against Arsenal in January 2017.
- The Hornets have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games (W0 D2 L4).
- Watford are winless in eight away league matches played on Monday (D2 L6) and haven’t won away from home in the top-flight on a Monday since May 1986, winning 5-1 against Chelsea (D3 L8) since.
- Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven games in all competitions (5 goals, 3 assists).
Tottenham Team News
Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Monday’s game against Watford. Danny Rose and Harry Winks will both miss out with calf and ankle injuries respectively, although Rose could return before the end of the season.
Probable Tottenham XI: Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane
Watford Team News
Unlike Spurs, Watford have nine first-team players out injured. Troy Deeney is the latest player to join the list after suffering an ankle injury. Roberto Pereyra is out with a groin injury, but there’s good news as Sebastian Prodl and Andre Carrillo could return to the side.
Probable Watford XI: Orestis Karnezis, Adrian Mariappa, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele, Jose Holebas, Will Hughes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue, Richarlison, Kiko Femenia, Andre Gray