Watford vs Tottenham
England Premier League.
Date: Sunday, 1st January 2017.
Kick-off at 13:30 UK.
Venue: Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri admits he may need divine intervention as he assesses a lengthy injury list before welcoming Tottenham to Vicarage Road.
And the Italian reckons he could end up asking for help from a higher power to prevent any further problems.
"We need a priest to come," he said.
"We are unlucky. Muscle injuries for Success and Okaka, Behrami as well, Pereyra was a knock. Mariappa a problem with the knee. Watson has some family problems, Cathcart has a problem he has had for over six months.
"Here I have explained everything, the only two players that arrived after the pre-season preparation are Success and Okaka and they haven't done the preparations with us, from the rest it has just been unlucky."
Watford: Team News
Miguel Britos is suspended for this clash after picking up his 5th yellow in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. While Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami are sidelined after picking up knocks in the first half of the Boxing Day fixture.
Watford: Predicted Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Gomes – Kaboul, Prodl, Cathcart – Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Guedioura, Amrabat – Ighalo, Deeney.
Tottenham Hotspur: Team News
There is a mini crisis in defense as Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen serves a one-match after picking up their fifth yellow card of the season in the 4-1 win against Southampton. While Toby Alderweireld is almost certain to miss due to illness and Eric Lamela is injured.
Tottenham: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Rose, Wimmer, Dier, Trippier – Dembele, Wanyama – Eriksen, Alli, Son – Kane.
Watford vs Tottenham: Head-to-Head Statistics
Spurs enjoyed a two legged win over Watford last season. The North London club got a late winner in their last league visit to Vicarage road, and enjoys 5 competitive games winning streak over the hornet.
Tottenham are unbeaten in the last 8 meetings against Watford in all competitions, with 6 wins and 2 draws
Watford vs Tottenham: Prediction
Watford is facing a well organised side in a time their league form is a little below average. However, the Hornets have a little inspiration to gather from their recent home record; having garnered 10 points from their last 5 home games.
On the other hand, Spurs are high on great form and good scoring performances. And their convincing away win at Southampton could gear them to a great show in Watford.
Therefore, this will result in a win for Tottenham, but we expect this to be by a very slim margin.
Watford vs Tottenham: Bet Tips
Spurs to win at 1.70 (7/10).