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

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Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

Premier League: Wed, 30/01  Stadium: Wembley Stadium

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With both teams looking to attack, a high corner count is likely in this game. Bet365 are offering 8/13 for over 9.5 corner, which has been comfortably achieved in their last couple of league games. A 3/1 Draw No Bet on Watford also looks tempting as Spurs will be chopping and changing their lineup again and with a combative Deeney up front and runners in behind, there could well be a shock at Wembley on Wednesday.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Tottenham play host to Watford in a week where they have been knocked out of two cup competitions, with Pochettino desperately trying to stem the tide against his team. Watford come in to the game in good form, having gone unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

 

There was much anticipation that Spurs could end Pochettino’s quest for a trophy and signal the end of his team being labelled as ‘one’s for the future’ to realising their potential. However, penalty heartache against London rivals Chelsea` in the League Cup and another derby defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup means Spurs remain as the ‘almost’ team. They still have the Champions League to look forward to, but their focus shifts back to ensuring their top four status in the Premier League with this visit of Watford.

 

Javier Gracia’s men will be full of confidence entering this game, having lost only once in their last ten games in all competitions. Goals by Andre Gray and Isaac Success secured their passage in to the next round of the FA Cup and they have surpassed all expectations in working their way into seventh position in the league. Watford seem to excel on the road, beating Palace and West Ham away in recent fixtures, as well as coming away with a 3-3 draw against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Gracia has his team well drilled and with Spurs’ injury concerns, this could be a tough task ahead.

 

The key duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli  remain out however Spurs have been boosted by the return of Son Heung-min from international duty. Spurs certainly have missed his movement and pace up front as Fernando Llorente has struggled to fill the void left by Harry Kane. Spurs also welcomed back Victor Wanyama in the FA Cup and hope the Kenyan can provided some much needed steel in central midfield.

 

Watford will continue to sweat on the fitness of key man Abdoulaye Doucoure who was not in the squad that faced Burnley. Gracia remained confident the Frenchman would recover to give him more options. However Kiko Femenia seems set to miss out having pulled up with a hamstring in the draw against Burnley hence the experienced Daryl Janmaat is expected to continue in his absence.

 

Watford go into this game knowing that they beat Spurs in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Despite Doucoure scoring an own goal, Watford roared back with goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart to secure a famous win. Even in the League Cup, Spurs needed penalties to progress against Watford, who had Kabasele sent off in a 2-2 draw. With these recent successes, Watford will feel that they can come to Wembley and secure the double over Spurs, who have lacked the cutting edge provided by Alli and Kane.

With both teams looking to attack, a high corner count is likely in this game. Bet365 are offering 8/13 for over 9.5 corner, which has been comfortably achieved in their last couple of league games. A 3/1 Draw No Bet on Watford also looks tempting as Spurs will be chopping and changing their lineup again and with a combative Deeney up front and runners in behind, there could well be a shock at Wembley on Wednesday.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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