Spurs v Watford: Don’t get Stung by the Hornets

tottenhamLet’s hope that Saturday’s game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium isn’t a pivotal moment in the career of Mauricio Pochettino. A home game against the winless bottom club should represent a stroll for Spurs but the team is in poor shape on the pitch and a defeat could put the pressure on the man in the dugout.

Whatever your opinion is regarding Poch, we should all be hoping, if not praying for three points in this 3pm kick off, but can this struggling side deliver?

Team News

There had been suggestions on some websites that Giovani Lo Celso would be a surprise inclusion to face Watford. As the week progressed, it seemed that the Argentine had returned to training but he appears far from ready to take his place in the squad. Also in that training regime is Ryan Sessegnon who has yet to kick a ball in anger since his summer switch from Fulham.

Elsewhere, Paulo Gazzaniga will start in goal in place of Hugo Lloris with Michel Vorm taking his spot on the bench. As usual, we are writing this ahead of receiving confirmed team news from the club but other than those names mentioned, it would seem that Mauricio Pochettino may have a full squad to select from.

Match Odds

Tottenham may be on a wretched run of form but the gap between the two teams, coupled with home advantage, makes us the odds on option to take three points. Spurs can be picked up at best industry odds of 5/11 with SportNation and Sport Pesa while victory for Watford is right out at 13/2 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Completing the result betting is the draw which drops in at 4/1 with Unibet once again. There’s little value in the home win but neutral punters would certainly be looking at the remaining options following Tottenham’s run of one win in their last five.

Other Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane racked up another two goals for England in the international break and will be looking to take that form into Saturday’s game. Harry is quoted at best industry odds of 5/2 with Unibet and 888Sport to open the scoring against Watford and that gives him a clear gap to the chasing pack.

Son Heung-Min is next on the list at 9/2 with 888Sport and Unibet once again while the same two bookmakers have Lucas Moura following at 19/4. Moving further into the midfield, Erik Lamela can be claimed at 13/2 with BetFred and Black Type while the same two bookmakers have Dele Alli quoted at a best of 15/2. Christian Eriksen has been on the receiving end of most of the criticism from Spurs fans but can he respond with the first goal and return a profit at a top price of 8/1 with BetFred?

Watford finally get a mention in the first goalscorer market with former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck at 21/2 with Unibet. Roberto Pereyra is the club’s top scorer and he is available at 18/1 with 888Sport.

Of our other regular side bets, Both Teams to Score is just too short for us this week at a top price of 14/19 with SportNation and RedZone. The total goals option could be better and, instead of taking Over 2.5 at a top price of 5/9 with those same two bookmakers, Over 3.5 looks a more logical option at a best of 7/5 – also with SportNation.

Finally, in the Correct Score betting, optimists could take a 3-1 home win at best odds of 45/4 with Bethard while those on a downer right now can claim 1-0 in favour of Watford at 22/1 with Coral.

Dangerman

In eight league games so far, Watford have scored just four times. Two of those goals came in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal which means that they’ve failed to hit the target in five of those matches. So can we actually name a genuine dangerman?

Well, if we include the 3-0 win over Coventry and the 2-1 victory against Swansea in the EFL Cup, the leading scorer with two is Roberto Pereyra. The former Juventus man has 15 in 90 games overall but one player who always intrigues us is Gerard Deulofeu. The midfielder is talented but inconsistent and can be a threat from further down the pitch if he switches on.

Head to Head

watfordSaturday’s game at the new stadium will be the 49th time that these two clubs have met in senior competition. Of the previous 48, Spurs have won 31, there have been nine draws and Watford have claimed victory in just eight.

So we have the upper hand over history and recent results are in our favour too. The Hornets won as recently as last season when they took the points in a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. Prior to that outcome, you have to go back to 1994 when Tottenham lost 3-2 in a League Cup match at White Hart Lane.

Trends, therefore, also point to a Tottenham Hotspur victory but can we actually come through to deliver?

Verdict

Where do we start? Of course we should be beating a team who sit at the bottom of the table with no wins and just three points from their opening three games. We have the vastly superior squad and the extra matter of home advantage thrown in. For whatever reason, it’s just not coming together on the pitch and Watford may feel they have the perfect opportunity to register their first victory of the 2019/20 campaign.

Watford seem to be struggling without Troy Deeney in their side and we hope, rather than expect, those struggles to continue. As far as confirmed tips are concerned, we’ll just sign off with an anytime goal for Lucas Moura and Over 3.5 goals – the majority of which should be landing in the Hornets’ net.

Best Bets:

  • Lucas Moura to Score Any Time at 6/4 with SportingBet
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 7/5 with SportNation

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