Spurs versus Watford: (match preview)
Fresh from their dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea in midweek Spurs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Watford at the Lane. Mauricio Pochettino’s side could go within four points of leaders Chelsea with a win in Saturday lunchtimes game, the blues face Bourenmouth on Saturday evening. Our side is flying at the moment in spite of a string of injuries, but with Harry Kane poised to return tomorrow and with Watford currently enduring a defensive headache there could be no better time to face the hornets then on Saturday. Walter Mazarri’s Watford side currently sit in 10th position, and the Hertfordshire based club have been an inconsistent but well structured side throughout the season, their defensive style of play helping them to record notable victories over both Arsenal and Man United. Whilst Watford are a good side who have cemented their place in the premier league for a second consecutive season, I feel that their numerous defensive injuries. Which includes key players Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl as well as the suspended Miguel Britos. With their tenacious defence left vulnerable through injury, I’m anticipating our side to be ruthless in tomorrows match and I’m confident our attacking prowess will overwhelm the Hornets and I’m predicting a big win, similar to the reverse fixture back in December, where we ran out 4-1 winners. Watford are a solid outfit and are capable of providing a shock with attacking players such as Troy Deeney and M’Baye Niang at their disposal. However, if our side plays with the same intensity as they did on Wednesday night then I’m confident that we’ll ease past Watford if we can get an early goal. After all the Lane is our fortress. COYS
Team news: In what comes as a welcome surprise, striker Harry Kane will likely be involved tomorrow following his swift recovery from injury, though I still think he’ll start from the bench. Meanwhile, Spurs have a bit of a goalkeeping headache, with Lloris a doubt through illness and deputy Michel Vorm ruled out through a knee injury picked up in midweek, there could be a first start for talented on loan goalkeeper Pau
Lopez, the talented Spanish keeper who is on loan from Espanyol, has made a couple of appearances for our under 23’s. I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen from him at youth level, and manager Mauricio Pochettino’s is in no doubt as to his capabilities: “Pau is ready to play if Hugo is not ready. Why would it be a gamble to play him?” However, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks remain out through injury, whilst midfielder Victor Wanyama will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lopez, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Wanyama, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Janssen.
My predicted score: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele Alli x2, Son and Janssen.
One to watch: M’Baye Niang, Watfords on loan French winger who has electric pace and great skill as well as an eye for goal.