Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prediction: Tottenham vs Watford

Verdict: Over 2,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 10/13

Bookmaker: 888sport

Watford have been on the rise of late and they enter this game outside the relegation zone. They will aim to build on their three-game winning run at home against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. The Spurs are coming off three straight games without a win. Kick-off for this match at Vicarage Road will be at 12:30 GMT.

Watford

The Hornets have been one of the hottest teams in the Premier League of late. If we exclude Liverpool from the equation, the Vicarage Road outfit own the league’s best form over their last five league matches with four wins and one draw over that span. In fact, Watford have scored 11 goals while conceding two during that five-game stretch, and they have won each of their last three. They are coming off a 3-0 away win over Bournemouth, although they suffered a near disaster in the FA Cup earlier this month when they settled for a 3-3 draw against Tramnere Rovers. The good run of form has lifted The Hornets to 17th place of the standings with 22 points, one above the red zone but they shouldn’t relax by any means necessary. They will try to extend their run here, but they will face a tough opponent filled with quality players on both sides of the ball.

Team News

Kiko should be listed as questionable due to a thigh injury. There are other several players that have already been ruled out.

The other players that won’t participate here are Tom Cleverley (heel), Daryl Janmaat (knee), Sebastian Prodl (calf), Danny Welbeck (thigh), and Will Hughes (hip).

Tottenham

The Spurs have been struggling over the last few weeks, and the Jose Mourinho effect seems to be winding down after each game. The Special One has not been able to clinch proper results of late, and Tottenham have won just one of their last five competitive matches (W1, D2, L2) as a result. Tottenham have struggled to perform defensively as well, and they are yet to register a clean sheet away from home during the current campaign. Right now, Tottenham currently sit in eighth place of the league standings with 30 points, and they have gone three straight league matches without a win while losing two straight contests. The Spurs are four points away from fifth place, and nine behind a Champions League match here. Therefore, winning here is a must for them.

Team News

The Spurs should be heavily depleted ahead of this contest. Several regular starters should be ruled out for this contest.

Harry Kane (muscle), Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Tanguy Ndombele (groin) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) have all been ruled out. Plus, there’s no question whether Christian Eriksen will be available here. He remains linked with a potential move to Inter Milan.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Watford’s attack has been performing at a high level of late. They have scored over 2.5 goals in three of their last four games in all competitions.
  • The Hornets are also riding a six-game undefeated streak in all competitions (W4, D2).
  • Tottenham’s games have been filled with goals. 15 of the Spurs’ 22 games have featured over 2.5 goals away from home.
  • The Spurs have gone W1, D2, L2 in their last five competitive matches. Three of those games have featured under 3.5 goals in total.
  • Watford have lost just two of their last 10 home games in all competitions (W4, D4, L2).

Conclusion

Nine of the last 10 games have featured over 1.5 goals, and six of those have had over 2.5 goals scored. The Spurs have lost just once during that 10-game stretch. Expect this game to be open once again given the performances from both sides. We should see over 2.5 goals scored.

Verdict: Over 2,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 10/13

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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