Mauricio Pochettino’s men may be able to welcome Harry Kane back as they look to keep up the chase on Premier League leaders Chelsea
Tottenham take on an injury-hit Watford side at White Hart Lane on Saturday as they look to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Spurs fought back against Swansea City in midweek to keep their, albeit slim, title hopes alive and now take on a Hornets team that could be in disarray depending on who is passed fit for Walter Mazzarri to select.
Kane back in Tottenham training
Watford have won back-to-back games but do not have a senior central midfielder who is definitely fit to make the short trip to north London.
|Game||Tottenham vs Watford|
|Date||Saturday, April 8, 2017|
|Time||12:30 GMT, 07:30 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports 1 and by stream via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports 1||Sky Go|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN and by stream via NBC Sports Live.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBCSN||NBC Sports Live|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Whiteman|
|Defenders||Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wimmer, Davies, Carter-Vickers|
|Midfielders||Son, Dier, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Wanyama, Onomah, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Edwards|
Tottenham have doubts over both Hugo Lloris (illness) and Michel Vorm (knee), which could mean a first appearance for Pau Lopez in goal.
Harry Winks and Erik Lamela will not play again this season and Danny Rose is also a longer-term absentee, but Harry Kane has trained after an ankle injury and Victor Wanyama (back) should also be available in some capacity.
Vincent Janssen impressed off the bench in the win over Swansea and could start here as a result. If Wanyama returns, Spurs might also consider returning to a 3-4-3 formation.
Potential starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Son, Dele, Eriksen; Janssen.
|Goalkeepers||Gomes, Pantilimon, Arlauskis|
|Defenders||Cathcart, Holebas, Kabasele, Zuniga, Dja Djedje, Janmaat, Mariappa, Mason|
|Midfielders||Doucoure, Behrami, Amrabat, Capoue, Cleverley|
|Forwards||Deeney, Success, Okaka, Niang|
Watford have the longest injury list in the Premier League, with Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul, Mauro Zarate, Ben Watson and Robert Pereyra all definitely out and Miguel Britos suspended.
On top of that, Heurelho Gomes and Etienne Capoue are doubts to face their former club and Valon Behrami is unlikely to return from a hamstring injury.
Troy Deeney, Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucoure, meanwhile, are all fatigued and in need of a rest but may have to play out of necessity. Christian Kabasele has returned to training having not featured since January but is unlikely to start.
Potential starting XI: Pantilimon; Janmaat, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas; Amrabat, Doucoure, Capoue, Cleverley, Niang; Deeney.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
Tottenham are heavy 1/4 favourites to win at home, according to Oddschecker, with Watford priced at 16/1 and the draw available at 11/2.
Betting: Tottenham vs Watford
Harry Kane is immediately installed as the favourite to score first at 11/4, but given he may not start the 4/1 prices on Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen and the 9/2 on Dele Alli may be more tempting. The top pick for Watford is Troy Deeney at 15/1.
Arsenal fans are unlikely to be able to celebrate St Totteringham’s Day this year, and that is not only because of their own shortcomings.
Though Chelsea have blown everyone else away in the Premier League, Spurs have taken another significant step forward towards one day claiming another title of their own. After finishing with 70 points last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are on course for 82 this time around.
That would have been enough to pip Leicester City to the championship. With only three outfield players in their ‘best’ starting XI over the age of 26 and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the only one to have hit 30, only the transfer market can prevent Spurs from mounting another serious challenge next season.
For now, their only task is to keep winning and be ready to pounce should Chelsea show any signs at all of slipping up.
Back-to-back home wins to nil have boosted spirits at Watford, who now look pretty much safe from the relegation dogfight. The feel-good feeling may not quite extend to White Hart Lane, however, given they are decimated by injuries for their meeting with the Premier League’s best home team.
M’Baye Niang will be a threat even to a side as strong as Spurs, though, and the Hornets will be desperate to make his loan move permanent. If they can pull that off and get Roberto Pereyra fit, Walter Mazzarri will have some talent to build around for 2017-18.