Tottenham Hotspur v Watford Live Commentary & Result, 19/10/2019, Premier League


On paper, this should be a Spurs win – Spurs have won each of their last nine top-flight games against Watford, including all six in the Premier League era. However, Watford’s expected goals (xG) stat suggests they’d be doing better if they just tighten up their finishing. Will the visitors find their shooting boots today? Let’s find out!

Watford showed signs of improvement in their 0-0 draw with Sheffield United last time out and largely stay the same, making only two changes. The injured Prodl has been replaced at the back by Dawson, while Chalobah comes into midfield. Gray starts on the bench.

Spurs make eight changes from their 3-0 defeat to Brighton, switching to a 3-4-2-1 system. Gazzaniga starts in goal due to Lloris’ injury, while Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Kane are the only survivors from that game. Son, Dier, Ndombele and Lamela are all benched. Ominously, Christian Eriksen isn’t even in the matchday squad.

SUBS: Heurelho Gomes, Will Hughes, Ismaila Sarr, Gerard Deulofeu, Adam Masina, Andre Gray, Kiko Femenia.

WATFORD (3-5-2): Ben Foster; Craig Dawson, Craig Cathcart (c), Christian Kabasele; Daryl Janmaat, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jose Holebas; Danny Welbeck, Roberto Pereyra.

SUBS: Juan Foyth, Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Brandon Austin, Ben Davies.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (3-4-2-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Danny Rose; Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Harry Kane (c).

Watford remain winless so far this season, with three draws and five losses to their name – the Hornets have only endured three longer winless runs at the start of a season in their entire league history. It’d be just typical Spurs if they got a victory today, right?

The international break offered vital respite for Spurs after their 3-0 shellacking at the hands of Brighton showcased their dismal recent form. Mauricio Pochettino’s side now have the chance to redeem themselves against a Watford team three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


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