Preview - Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur 03 September 18

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Match Day 4
Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.68
Top Scorer 17/18: Abdoulaye Doucouré (7)
Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.95
Top Scorer 17/18: Harry Kane (30)

The best may well be saved until last on Match Day 4 in the Premier League, with this clash at Vicarage Road having all the makings of a cracker. Both a perfect three from three headed into this encounter, it's Watford vs Tottenham in a game in which - to borrow a little boxing parlance - someone's "0" has got to go.

Watford have exceeded expectations so far this season, but were a little fortunate against Palace last weekend and face a step up in class here.

Tottenham could scarcely be heading here on any more of a high following their result on Match Day 3; weathering an early storm before dismantling Manchester United 3-0 in ruthlessly efficient fashion.

Tottenham have bossed this fixture of late, winning five of their last six at Vicarage Road. Watford did post their best result of that spell last season though when battling to a 1-1 draw.

The loss of Toby Alderweireld is a blow for Spurs - the Belgian was magnificent at Old Trafford - but they don't have anything like the injury concerns of Watford overall. Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Isaac Success, Tommie Hoban and Will Hughes all look set to miss out for the home side.

Impressive as Watford have been at times, they don't look anywhere near as convincing as Tottenham in defence. That may ultimately prove to be the difference in the end and we see Mauricio Pochettino's men taking the points here.

Prediction: Watford 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  5 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 10
Possession: 36% - 64%

Etienne Capoue and Isaac Success saw yellow for Watford with Mousa Dembele being the only Spurs player to have his name taken by referee Andre Marriner.

Huge win for Watford - their first victory over Spurs in the Premier League era - as they continue their perfect start to the season.

For a long while that win didn't seem at all likely though. Tottenham dominating possession but not being anything like as efficient as usual. Indeed they failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. A half-hearted penalty shout for a foul on Lucas Moura being about as close as they came. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play continued in the second half and in the 53rd minute the visitors edged ahead. Pretty bizarre goal though. Ben Foster getting himself in a flap when coming for a ball into the area, which was then only half cleared, and when crossed back into the area crashed off the unfortunate Abdoulaye Doucoré and into the back of the net.

Tottenham could really have done with scoring a little later, for as soon as they scored Watford were a side transformed and bossed the remainder of the game. Battling for every ball and pushing forward they broke Spurs in the end.

The equaliser came after 69 minutes. Watford talisman Troy Deeney getting on the end of a free kick from the right to plant a header into the bottom left corner.

The winner also came via a set piece, this time a 76th minute corner from the left which found the head of Craig Cathcart. Fine header into the top corner.

Harry Kane had a golden opportunity to equalise but could only head over and Watford bagged the points.

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