Tottenham v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 28, 2019
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
After a hugely disappointing week in the domestic cup competitions, Tottenham are back to Premier League business on Wednesday night. Watford are the visitors to Wembley, and Javi Gracia’s side have been performing well this season.
Tottenham beat Watford on penalties in the League Cup back in September, exacting revenge for the Hornets’ 2-1 league victory earlier in the month. Spurs were unbeaten in their previous 13 games against Watford before that, and won eight of nine before this season.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli are out until mid-March, so Mauricio Pochettino will be grateful for South Korea’s early exit from the Asian Cup. That means Son Heung-min is back in the fold, and he should feature here. Moussa Sissoko is also in line to play, although Ben Davies is injured.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is out with a knee injury, while Sebastian Prodl has a similar problem keeping him out of this game. The Hornets hoped to have those two and Kiko Femenia back this week, but the latter player’s also out with a hamstring issue.
Tottenham v Watford Preview and Predictions
After losing on penalties to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals, and falling to a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Saturday, Tottenham look set to go another season without silverware. It’s not a great reflection on Pochettino if he has the desire to manage bigger clubs, but the Spurs boss has said getting in the top four is more important than winning trophies.
That’s quite a worrying sentiment. Ego-boost or not, football is all about glory, and that comes in the form of lifting trophies. Pochettino has said that playing in the Champions League is the most important thing to him, so he simply has to win this game. Lose, and Arsenal and Manchester United will close the seven-point gap to Tottenham, with those two sides currently occupying fifth and sixth spot in the table.
Even with their injuries, Spurs possess plenty of quality and are 4/6 favourites to get the win. Watford meanwhile are 63/13, as they look to continue their impressive form this season. They’re unbeaten in their last six games, winning 2-0 at Newcastle in the FA Cup last weekend. They’ve failed to win any of their 13 Premier League fixtures on a Wednesday, which is a bit of a worry - a draw would still be a good result though, and it’s priced at 3/1.
Tottenham to win and BTTS at 11/5
Watford are dangerous going forward, but Spurs are still favourites so this bet looks like a good way of enhancing your odds on the home win.
Son to score first at 7/2
The South Korean could be thrown straight back into the fray, and he’ll be desperate to make an instant impact after admitting he felt bad about leaving Spurs in the lurch.