Tottenham Hotspur v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

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Saturday, October 19, 2019


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Punter's Pick

There certainly hasn’t been much between these two teams in their meetings in recent years. With home advantage, Spurs are starting this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. However, these two teams have racked up the corner count in recent meetings and Spurs tend to dominate the games overall. We feel that a corner handicap of -2 is being offered at generous odds by Bet365 at evens (1/1). This means Tottenham need to get three or more corners than Watford and this is something that materialised in both league games last season.

Tottenham Hotspur play host to Watford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with both teams desperately seeking a win after poor form in recent weeks. Tottenham start in 9th place but are just four points off the Champions League places while Watford start at the bottom of the league having not won a game this term.

Tottenham come into this game after a tumultuous few weeks. Constant speculation over the futures of star players has disrupted the camp and on-going media reports of fractures within the team have further exacerbated things. The Lilywhites have only won two games in all their competitive games this season with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 2-1 victory over Southampton. Prior to the international break, the team were humiliated by Bayern Munich who stunned North London with a 7-2 victory, with former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry netting four goals. Things got worse as they went down 3-0 to lowly Brighton courtesy of a Neal Maupay strike and Aaron Connolly brace with fans accusing the team of lacking passion for the shirt. Any result other than a victory against Watford could lead to a full blown crisis as a game against a side at the bottom of the league should be the perfect fixture to kickstart a rebuilding period.

After the highs of an excellent season last year which saw them go to the FA Cup final, Watford have really struggled this time around. Manager Javi Gracia was fired early in the campaign with Enrique Sanchez Flores returning to the helm. Despite some spirited performances and draws, the team are yet to win a single game in all competitions. They have been without their talisman Troy Deeney for much of the campaign but the backbone of the team is still very much the same as last season and it is baffling to see them struggle to such an extent. Flores will know that this could be a good time to play Spurs who lacked any intensity against Brighton and if the players are up for the game, their physical style could overrun Tottenham. Goals have been a real concern as they have not scored in their last three Premier League games and the likes of Andre Gray, Danny Welbeck and Deulofeu will need to turn around their form if Watford are to avoid a relegation scrap.

In team news, Tottenham could welcome back Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon who have returned to full training. Wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen will be assessed having suffered a knock on international duty while Hugo Lloris is out until the new year having injured his arm.

Watford will be without defender Sebastian Prodl who is out with a hamstring injury. Etienne Capoue, Isaac Success and Troy Deeney are also out which deprives Watford of a physical presence in midfield and upfront.

In recent meetings between these two, Tottenham have slightly shaded the exchanges but Watford have had their success over the years. Last season the two teams met three times, with Watford winning their game at home courtesy of goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart. The teams then played out a 2-2 draw in the League Cup with Spurs eventually progressing on penalties before avenging their early season defeat with a 2-1 victory at home.

Punter's Pick

There certainly hasn’t been much between these two teams in their meetings in recent years. With home advantage, Spurs are starting this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. However, these two teams have racked up the corner count in recent meetings and Spurs tend to dominate the games overall. We feel that a corner handicap of -2 is being offered at generous odds by Bet365 at evens (1/1). This means Tottenham need to get three or more corners than Watford and this is something that materialised in both league games last season.

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