Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – Preview:
Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the desire to get his Tottenham Hotspur side back to winning ways following the most troubled spell of his six-year rein in north London.
A stuttering start to the season became further clouded as Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United, found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-2 Champions League thrashing from Bayern Munich and then were comprehensively beaten by three unanswered goals by Brighton & Hove Albion in their last Premier League outing.
But following the international break, Pochettion appeared to have recharged the batteries and appeared eager and hungry as Spurs looked to draw a line under their recent issues when bottom of the table Watford are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
“I was talking with the staff in a very honest conversation as always in these situations, trying to find the best way. In the end our interest is Tottenham,” Pochettion explained at his pre-match press conference.
“Our objective is to put Tottenham in the place that Tottenham deserve to be. In the last five years and a half, it has been all about praise for Tottenham – our stadium and facilities as well. It was nice to hear about us.
“When that turns a bit negative you have to listen and work hard to turn things to positive again. We work for a club and our fans want to be happy, they want to enjoy the team winning.”
When asked if he would be shuffling the pack for Watford’s arrival, the Argentine added: “I am going to act naturally. I am the first who is interested in winning games, but we look at what we need to do. We try to find a way to help them. It’s not about selection, not about the names, it’s about collective behaviour and performance.
“It’s not about changing this chair for a sofa and move the table to another place because in the end, we are the same. Most important now is to help them.
“What happened happened. The most important thing to provide calm. They are calm, they feel our support, from the coaching staff and the club and the fans, that they’re going to be there.
“Now is the moment to stay together and trust, of course, trust in my decision. I will try to take the best decisions to win.”
Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon could feature for Spurs after returning to training following troublesome injuries. However, Christain Eriksen could miss out after receiving a dead-leg on international duty with Denmark. Paulo Gazzaniga looks most likely to deputies for the injured Hugo Lloris, although Pochettino moved quickly to cover the goalkeeping situation by bringing back Michel Vorm on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – Head to head:
Tottenham Hotspur won: 31
Watford won: 8
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – Last five meetings (all competitions):
December 2, 2017 – Premier League
Watford 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
April 30, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Watford
September 2, 2018 – Premier League
Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
September 26, 2018 – League Cup (Carabao Cup)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Watford
(Spurs won 4-2 on penalties)
January 30, 2019 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Watford