Watford (5-7-10) vs Tottenham Hotspur (8-6-8)
Premier League: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:30 am ET (Vicarage Road Stadium)
Line and Odds: Watford +220/Tottenham Hotspur +129 | Over: -117; Under +105
Free EPL Pick Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham visit relegation threatened Watford in hope of turning their season around and catching up to Manchester United in 5th place.
Watford have been battling relegation since pretty much the start of the season and currently lie just 1 point above the drop zone. However, they are unbeaten in 6 matches in all competitions out of which they have won 4, including impressive victories over Manchester United (2-0) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1) and imposing 3-0 wins over fellow relegation contenders Aston Villa and Bournemouth. It is also worth noting that during this run, they came up against a Sheffield United side that is competing for a Europa League spot and escaped with a 1-1 draw away from home. If they manage to steal a point from Tottenham, they will make a statement which will do wonders for their chances to avoid relegation.
Tottenham have had a very mixed 2019/20 season which saw the sacking of long time manager Mauricio Pochettino and the arrival of the most divisive figure in football, Jose Mourinho. In their last 5 premier league games they have only 4 points after losses to leaders Liverpool and struggling Southampton and could only manage a draw against bottom placed Norwich. They have been one of, if not the most unpredictable team in the Premier League owing to their inconsistency and have not enjoyed a significant turnaround under their charismatic new manager. For a side that have been European contenders for much of the last decade and were runners-up in the Champions League last season, every game is a must win from this point on as they were expected to finish in the top 4 before the season commenced.
Free EPL Prediction Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford
Last Time Out
Tottenham hosted Watford in matchday 9 of this season, a game where, as usual, Spurs were dominant in possession while Watford looked to score on the counter which they did in the 6th minute. Watford kept their lead for 80 minutes but couldn't stop a late Dele Alli equaliser in the 86th minute. That was Watford's first point against 'big six' opposition in 17 games and they will be hoping to replicate the same this time around. Anything but a win would be detrimental to Spurs' chances of finishing in a European spot while the same goes for Watford's chances of avoiding relegation.
Gerard Deulofeu has arguably been Watford's most important player this season, leading his teammates in almost every attacking metric including, goals scored, assists registered, successful dribbles, key passes and chances created. Him being on top form will be important for his team to steal points from Tottenham in this match-up. Watford's striker Troy Deeney will also be pivotal in his team's goal scoring chances as he is the joint top scorer for Watford and the most efficient, scoring every 226 minutes.
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