The Reasonable Advocate
- Oct 17, 2006
WATFORD 0-0 SPURS
Spurs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (C), Tanganga, Winks, Lo Celso (Gedson), Dele (Eriksen), Lamela, Son, Lucas
Subs: Vorm, Sanchez, Dier, Skipp, Sessegnon
Watford: Foster, Masina, Cathcart, Dawson, Mariappa, Deulofeu, Capoue, Dacoure, Chalobah, Sarr, Deeney.
Subs: Gomes, Gray, Quina, Holebas, Kabasele, Pussetto, Pereyra.
Official Site Match Centre
Four changes to the team that started against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier, Dele and Heung-Min Son come back in for Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen.
Referee: _ _ Michael Oliver
TEAM FORM: __ Watford DWWDW _____ Spurs DLDLW ___ (All Competitions)
Watford have won just one of their 13 Premier League (PL) matches against usd (D4 L8), 2-1 win at Virage road last season. They are looking to win 4 consecutive home top flight games within the same season for the first time since December 1986. Watford have won 13 points under Nigel Pearson (W4 D1 L1) - Only runaway leaders Liverpool (15) and Man City (15) have won more points since his first game in charge. The Hornets have won as many points in their last 5 PL games as they had in their previous 23 in all competitions (13).
Before Nigel Pearson's first game in charge, Watford had a shot conversion rate of just 4.8%, the lowest in the PL this season. Under Pearson, they have a conversion rate of 15.5%, the second highest in that time after Manchester City (18.4%). Troy Deaney has scored 4 goals in his last 5 PL games - as many as he had netted in his 20 previous appearances in the competition.
Mourinho was the last Manager to win away at home against Watford's Nigel Pearson i the PL, doing so in April 2015 with Chelsea at Leicester. Since then, Pearson has won six consecutive home top flight games and could become the first English Manager to win seven in a row at home since Harry Redknapp in 2009 with us.
We have won 2 of our last nine away league visits to Watford (D4 L3), picking up just a single point from our last two games at Vicarage Road (D1 L1). We are one of just two sides yet to keep an away clean sheet in the PL this season, along with Aston Villa. We have conceded in each of our last 18 away PL games, our longest such run in the top flight since April 1977 ( a run of 20). We have lost our last 2 PL games. We haven't lost 3 consecutive league games since November 2012.
Dele Alli has scored 5 PL goals against Watford in 8 appearances for us - against no saide has he scored more in the competition (also 5 against Chelsea and Southampton).
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