Both Watford and Tottenham are coming off mid-week defeats, though it is Watford that look the better outfit. Tottenham go into this game, thankful that the month of November is over; a month that was so cruel to them. In the four Premier League games within the month, Spurs only registered one win, which was accompanied with two defeats, and one draw.
Their form in the league is a stark disparity from their Champions League form, as they have endured a backwards slide down the table. Their latest defeat on Tuesday to Leicester City was their fourth of the campaign – already matching their total defeats for the whole of last season.
Their host Watford look a great side under the stewardship of Marco Silva. However, with their overachieving status comes with it a trail of many admirers.
Shining most brightest, is Richarlison. The Brazilian forward – who joined from Fluminense for £11.5m – has already netted five goals, luring attention from both Chelsea as well as Watford’s visitor’s, Tottenham.
Despite the superlatives for Watford’s attacking array, their inability to keep out the goals will be the one blemish that stains the whole outfit if Silva doesn’t sure up his defence. Tuesday night saw them concede four goals at home to Manchester United, in a 4-2 defeat.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will want a response from his side, so Watford should expect a reinvigorated Spurs side.
Watford are set to be without Will Hughes for Saturday’s game, who has impressed thus far with back-to-back goals against West Ham and Newcastle. The midfielder was forced off in midweek’s game after pulling his hamstring injury.
Tottenham have no new injury concerns but will expect the return of Harry Winks who missed their midweek through illness. Another significant return for Spurs was Erik Lamela, who marked his long-awaited return with an assist for Harry Kane’s goal.
Watford starting XI: Gomes; Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele; Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar; Pereyra, Gray, Richarlison
Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Eriksen, Dier, Winks; Son, Dele; Kane