After 3 wins to open the season followed by a comfortable Carabao Cup victory in midweek, it’s time for the Hornets to face a different kind of test in the form of the quality high flying outfit in Spurs.
Both teams go into the match off the back of a perfect start despite each side having polar opposite expectations. Watford’s performance against Crystal Palace last weekend was far from perfection and their first half performance must be improved if they are going to stay in the game. However, with a run of difficult fixtures on the horizon, the Hornets’ good start enables the next fixtures to be bonus points, seen as coming away from Spurs or the calamitous Man United with anything other then negative goal difference would be a big positive.
Javi Gracia’s side go into the game off the back of a busy week of victories. 11 changes were made for Wednesday’s comfortable victory over Reading, meaning they should go into the game as fresh as their counterparts. With a rejuvenated Troy Deeney and Andre Gray sitting in front of what I regard as one of the best midfields outside the top 6, I think we will definitely cause the Spurs’ back line problems. However, despite taking all 3 points away from Selhurst Park last Sunday, I do not feel confident in their ability to effectively thwart an attack featuring a golden boot winner in Harry Kane and last week’s hero Lucas Moura.
The Hornets do not head into the game with any fresh injury concerns but are instead boosted by the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Stefano Okaka featuring in the midweek game. This will give the squad competition on what is already looking like a competent line up.
Who should the Hornets watch out for?
With obvious stars such as Harry Kane, Spurs carry a big threat going forward while being resolute in defence. However, I believe it is the recent form of Lucas Moura that will worry Watford’s back line the most. His brace against Manchester United saw a balance of pace, power and superb finishing ability and the Brazilian will definitely fancy his luck against our back line.
I believe Watford will give a good account of themselves, creating chances and keeping themselves in the game until late. However, with the undoubtable quality of the opposition I predict a 3-1 victory for an impressive Spurs side.
Predicted line-up: Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra; Gray, Deeney.
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