Tottenham v Watford Betting Predictions | Back a Home Win at 3/1 with BetfairPublished April 6, 2017
Although it is unlikely, Tottenham could still find themselves crowned champions come May, which should have bookmakers offer the craziest Premier League free bets, having reduced Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points over the course of this week.
Victories at Burnley and Swansea, in games where they had to face considerable pressure at times, showed the steel Mauricio Pochettino’s men possess, but the Blues’ victory over Manchester City on Wednesday got them back on track after a shock defeat to Crystal Palace.
But Spurs will keep fighting, and they will come into their clash with an in form Watford side in confident mood. They have the only unbeaten Premier League home record left this season, and even though Palace showed nothing can be taken for granted at Stamford Bridge, a home win is definitely on the cards here.
Given Harry Kane’s form before the recurrence of an ankle injury, many expected them to struggle without him. But South Korean winger-come-striker Heung-Min Son has stepped up, particularly late on at Swansea, scoring one of three in six minutes to clinch the points in Wales.
Kane is the complete striker, but Son’s own strengths allow Pochettino to play a similar system to usual. The Argentine requires high pressure, and Son’s work rate is perfect for taking the game to opponents. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who have had to alter their games slightly to fit in with Kane’s absence, will support him. Son is not a focal point, but rather someone who plays off the shoulder of defenders, meaning both Eriksen and Alli will have to get closer to him in order to create a link.
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Dele Alli (20)
Gylfi Sigurdsson (19)
Sadio Mané (18)
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Spurs so often rely on Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to provide width in attack, but Rose missed the game with Swansea and may be absent in this one too. This could again hinder their chances of stretching Watford, who have won at both Arsenal and West Ham this season, adding further pressure on the two playmakers, who may have to come out wide.
Troy Deeney is in good form, netting his tenth of the season against West Brom on Tuesday. He will give Walter Mazzarri’s side an outlet and they will look to play five in midfield, with the pace of Mbaye Niang and Nordin Amrabat in wide areas helping them support their captain.
But Spurs will have no problems controlling this game, and the movement of both Alli and Eriksen should see them break the Hornets down. Son will lead the line and his runs and finishing ability make him a good bet for first goalscorer.