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Watford vs Tottenham

Super Sunday concludes with a London derby between two sides with 100% records but who will take the spoils?


Team News:

Gerard Deulofeu is returning from injury, so could feature for the home side but Tom Cleverley and Miguel Britos are sidelined.

Mauricio Pochettino will be forced into one change with Hugo Lloris ruled out meaning Michel Vorm will deputise between the sticks.

Erik Lamela faces a fitness test but Heung-Min Son remains on international duty after South Korea won the Asian Cup.


Preview:

Many doubted Javi Gracia coming into this season following Watford’s dismal end to the last campaign.

However, he’s silenced his critics early on with three wins, which has seen them score seven goals and concede just two.

The Hornets have had moments of brilliance like Will Hughes’ goal at Burnley and Roberto Pereyra has excelled at the start of the campaign with three goals to his name – with those all coming here at Vicarage Road.

This will be Watford’s sternest test and they haven’t beaten Spurs since a win in 1987, so also have history against them.

Spurs fans must be fairly content with their start to the season after not spending a penny during the summer.

Pochettino kept his key players, which helped save Daniel Levy from opening the chequebook, but that continuity of a settled side seems to be reaping its rewards in the opening three games.

After keeping it tight against Man United in the first half on Monday, they went through the gears and showed why they have to be taken seriously following that routine win.

A Harry Kane header and two from Lucas Moura must have made rivals sit up and take notice of what Spurs had done because not many go to Old Trafford and put three past them.

Moura has flourished at the start of the season and seems to have enjoyed a good pre-season. Now he’s settled in we are likely to see the best out of the Brazilian and he looked dangerous with his pace, which resulted in him capping a fine performance with the third on Monday.

When I look at this game the usual Over 1.5 Goals, Over 8.5 Corners & Over 25 Booking Points (11/8 – Sky Bet) comes to mind because I’m expecting goals, Watford have picked up at least two cards in each game so far this season, so there’s 20 booking points and both of Watford’s home games have had at least nine corners.

There are a few bets to get stuck into and the first one is an away win with both teams scoring.

Spurs have looked slightly exposed and vulnerable at times, especially at Newcastle and Fulham, so there is a chance Watford can expose those areas.

If the likes of Hughes and Pereyra can find those moments of quality then Spurs could have a few problems because Troy Deeney and Andre Gray won’t mind a battle.

With Watford having netted at least twice in each game so far, they cannot be underestimated in front of goal and with Lloris out then it could see Vorm a little rusty.

The other bet I quite like is Daryl Janmaat to be carded. The Dutch full-back has been cautioned twice already this season, so that’s in 66% of games played, he’s seen yellow.

He’s made eight tackles and committed four fouls this season, so up against a trio of Kane, Moura and Dele Alli then a rash or cynical foul is something he is quite useful at committing.

While looking at stats for fouls and tackles made then one man came out on top for Watford.

That’s the diminutive but terrier-like Will Hughes. He made seven fouls, joint-most for the Hornets with Etienne Capoue, and he’s completed the second-most league tackles with 15, so he puts himself around.

At 11/2 with Bet365 then I’d be having a look at Hughes too here because he can leave his foot in and if Spurs knock the ball around at the back, then he could leave his mark.

 

BETS:

NAP: Spurs to Win & BTTS (9/4)

NB: Daryl Janmaat to be carded (9/2 – Bet365)

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