Football Previews

Watford vs Spurs preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Steve Jennings

Published: 11:30, 18 January 2020 | Updated: 12:31, 25 February 2020

Watford will look to keep up their fine run of form under Nigel Pearson when they host an inconsistent Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The Hornets ran out 3-0 winners at Bournemouth last time before their midweek FA Cup replay against Tranmere Rovers was postponed.

Meanwhile, Spurs did play in midweek, beating Middlesbrough 2-1 and building a little bit of confidence before a difficult trip to Vicarage Road.

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, TV coverage information, possible XIs and more.

When is Watford vs Spurs and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Vicarage Road

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020

Kick-off: 12.30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

Last five meetings: Watford vs Spurs

19 October 2019: Spurs 1-1 Watford (Premier League)

30 January 2019: Spurs 2-1 Watford (Premier League)

26 September 2018: Spurs 2-2 Watford (EFL Cup – Spurs won on penalties)

2 September 2018: Watford 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)

30 April 2018: Spurs 2-0 Watford (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Watford (DLLWL) 6-8 Spurs (DWWLW)

Ones to watch

Watford: Troy Deeney

Watford’s form has coincided with Troy Deeney finding his scoring touch again. Nigel Pearson is getting the best out of the Hornets captain and the team is reaping the rewards of Deeney’s clinical edge in front of goal.

The 31-year-old scored the equaliser in this fixture last season as Watford came from a goal behind to win. He will need to be at his best again here.

Key stat: Deeney has scored four goals in his last five appearances.

Spurs: Serge Aurier

Young centre-back Japhet Tanganga impressed at right-back against Middlesbrough in midweek, leading to some calls for the 20-year-old to get more minutes. But Serge Aurier has been a regular under Jose Mourinho for good reason – at least from an attacking standpoint.

It was the Ivorian’s perfect cross that led to Spurs’ best chance in the defeat to Liverpool as Giovani Lo Celso somehow failed to convert. Aurier has also been winning the ball back in crucial areas of late, which the visitors will need to do in order to get on the front foot.

Key stat: Aurier has made 53 tackles in the Premier League this season, at least 19 more than any other Spurs player.

Team news



Squawka prediction

With just one win in their last five league games, Spurs know they cannot afford to lose more ground on Chelsea in the race for the top four. That said, Vicarage Road is a tricky place to go to right now, and it’s hard to see Spurs leaving with anything more than a point.

Scoreline prediction: Watford 1-1 Spurs

Check out more of Squawka’s Premier League predictions here.