Troy Deeney of Watford

Watford vs Tottenham: Hornets to start well again

Kick-off: 1230, 18/01/2020

Stadium: Vicarage Road

TV: BT Sport

Watford will seek to continue their hot streak when hosting Tottenham, having taken 13 points out of 15 from their last five Premier League matches.

Spurs have been struggling in this competition of late, but Tuesday’s FA Cup replay triumph over Middlesbrough should have boosted their confidence.

We like 4/5 for over 2.5 goals in the game as our initial Watford vs Tottenham prediction.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford made it four wins from their last five top-flight fixtures in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 victory at Bournemouth.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra were on target as the Hornets climbed out of the relegation zone.

Boss Nigel Pearson is determined to stay grounded, though, stating: “It’s a great result but we have to keep our focus here on in.

“There are so many games left, I think it would be foolish to think that just because we have got out of the bottom three that the job is done.

“I think what it does, it quantifies the work the players have put in over the last few games.

“I think the players have shown incredible commitment over the last few weeks and I’m very pleased that is the case.”

The postponement of Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Tranmere may prove a blessing here and Watford will be hoping for another solid start to this contest.

Looking at the Watford vs Tottenham odds, there is value in 5/2 for the Hornets to lead at half-time for a fourth straight league game.

Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Chalobah, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Sarr.

Kiko Femenia is recovering from a hamstring issue but this game comes too soon. Will Hughes will not be in contention, while Sebastian Prodl, Daryl Janmaat, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are out. Ignacio Pussetto is set for a debut and Christian Kabasele returns from a ban.

A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds

Tottenham have gone three top-flight fixtures without a win, drawing 2-2 at Norwich and then losing 1-0 to Southampton and Liverpool.

They did at least create some decent late chances against the Reds and held on to beat Boro 2-1 in the cup in midweek.

Argentinian duo Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela helped to fill the void left by Harry Kane’s injury by both netting inside 15 minutes.

Jose Mourinho commented: “They played very well. The team played very well, especially in the first half.

“I am happy with the boys. They played with intensity and I am happy with the result, obviously.”

Dele Alli only appeared as a late substitute in that game, so should be fresh to face a team he has a good record against.

The 23-year-old grabbed a late equaliser when these sides drew 1-1 in October to make it six goals in seven appearances versus the Hornets.

Let’s finish off our Watford vs Tottenham betting tips by taking 17/10 for Alli to net at anytime and 9/2 he scores last.

Last Tottenham EPL line-up: Gazzaniga, Rose, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Tanganga, Winks, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Son.

New Tottenham signing Gedson Fernandes could be on the bench while Christian Eriksen will start. Kane (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (knee), Ben Davies (ankle) and Tanguy Ndombele (hip) are all injured.

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Last result:

Bournemouth 0-3 WATFORD – Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra

TOTTENHAM 2-1 Middlesbrough – Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela

Head-to-head: Tottenham 1-1 Watford, Tottenham 2-1 Watford, Tottenham 2-2 Watford, Watford 2-1 Tottenham

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