The Premier League runners up of 2016/17 face former bottom-of-the-table strugglers Watford during the 15:00 kick off today. The Hornets will host Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road in a clash that has ‘goals galore’ written all over it.
Watford have come back from scraping relegation last season to breathing down Tottenham’s neck. The underdogs of the league are definitely giving some of the top flight teams a run for their money. Only three points currently separate the two London clubs – a stellar comeback from Watford’s woeful previous campaign.
Their last three fixtures featured two strong wins against West Ham and Newcastle and although Manchester Utd bagged all three points, Watford still got themselves on the scoresheet twice. Compared to Spurs, Watford’s current form is more threatening. Mauricio Pochettino’s men haven’t won any of their last three games, could their visit to Vicarage Road be the game to turn their dip in the road around?
Harry Kane has netted a stunning 10 goals in the Premier League this season. After being crowned last season’s top goal scorer, he sits just two goals behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who is currently leading the chart with 12 goals. Claiming the title for the second year running is definitely doable for the England striker. Kane is also way ahead of the highly anticipated summer transfers Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette and Romelu Lukaku who almost bagged the top spot for himself.
Not only is Kane Tottenham’s secret weapon, though, he’s the only player to show true promise of breaking Alan Shearer’s goal scoring record. Many players have been close, and yet still so far. But at 24 years old and currently on his 88th Premier League goal, there’s at least another decade of delicious goal scoring to come from the hat-trick hero.
A game of two halves
There’s not much separating the two London sides ahead of their weekend clash. Last season’s stats count for nothing when the fight for the top six is as close as it currently is. Unlikely table stormers Burnley and Watford are on a great run, and Pochettino should be worrying about when his team lock horns with Marco Silva’s side.
It could definitely be a game of two halves. Last season pundits would no doubt predict a 4-0 dazzlement from Tottenham, with goals from Kane and Dele Alli. But with players like Abdoulaye Doucouré and Richarlison getting themselves on the scoresheet frequently, the Hornets aren’t going to be easy to turn over.
However, following a poor spell, I think the Tottenham boys are going to be especially hungry for a win. After challenging Chelsea for the title, Spurs currently sit in 7th place, behind the Premier League giants and even behind Burnley who finished with the same points as Watford last season.
The away side need to clinch all three points if they want to keep up with the pack. Being sandwiched between two of the worst teams from 2016/17, it’s crucial that Spurs show they’re still title contenders. It’ll have to be about strong defending as well as goal scoring if they want to stop Silva’s men and their surprisingly unstoppable climb up the table. The London tussle is definitely going to be one to watch.
Score prediction: Watford 2-2 Spurs