COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Sunday 1st January 2016
VENUE Vicarage Road
Watford  SQUAD .



PREVIEW No preview produced.
PREDICTION Watford    1        Tottenham Hotspur    2
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RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Watford
Watford TEAM NEWS :
Lots of injuries mean that Walter Mazzarri will draw on his Under-23 squad to fill the bench. 
Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen miss the game due to one match suspensions, while Erik Lamela is still out with his hip injury.

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Watford  1 (0)  

Premier League
Sunday 1st January 2016
Vicarage Road
Tottenham Hotspur  4 (3)

Kick off 13:30
Kaboul  90+1m 00s Kane  26m 51s
Kane  32m 39s
Alli  40m 35s
Alli  46m 03s
Holebas (foul on Eriksen)  44
Prodl (foul on Son)  53 
Cathcart (foul on Janssen)  83 





Crowd :   20,882 Weather :  Rainy
Referee :  Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Burt; Mr. S. Bennett
Fourth Official :  Roger East  
Watford kicked off and played towards the Vicarage Road end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Watford : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Heurelho GOMES

  4  Younes KABOUL 
  5  Sebastien PRODL      
15  Craig CATHCART      

25  Jose HOLEBAS  (32  Brandon MASON  68)
17  Adeline GUEDIOURA
  Etienne CAPOUE  (27  Christian KASABELE  79)
  7  Nordin AMRABAT  (17  Jerome SINCLAIR  75)

24  Odion IGHALO
16  Abdoulaye DOUCOURE

  9  Troy DEENEY  (c)

Unused subs: 
38  Charlie ROWAN
35  Carl STEWART
Michael FOLIVI

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

15  Eric DIER
27  Kevin WIMMER

  Victor WANYAMA

  3  Danny ROSE  (33  Ben DAVIES  68)
20  DELE Alli    (28  Harry WINKS  61)
Christian ERIKSEN

  7  Heung-Min SON
10  Harry KANE   (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  77)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

19  Mousa DEMBELE 
7  Moussa SISSOKO

Manager :  Walter Mazzarri Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor : Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Dryworld Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

There is a lot to be said for Tottenham winning the second consecutive away league game with four goals scored since 1960, but perhaps there is more to be said about the manner in which it was achieved.  Watford are not great at the moment, but you still have to beat what's in front of you.  The performance left nothing out on the pitch in the first half and a 3-0 half-time score-line barely flattered Spurs, who could have had a hatful by the time the ref blew on the first 45 minutes.

Missing Walker and Vertonghen through injury, Wimmer and Trippier came in to take their places, with Pochettino starting out with a 3-1-4-2 formation, with Sonny joining Harry up top.  Watford are going through horrid time and at New Year, probably the last thing they wanted was to meet Spurs on a good run.  Especially being injury hit and then losing Zuniga in the warm-up, meaning a late re-shuffle.  While they initially attempted to close Spurs down and had a bit of joy when we tried to play it out from the back. Their play was panicked and their passing often went sailing into the crowd or to a Spurs player, with their players often blocking passes hit straight at them. It allowed Tottenham to pick up possession and we were working hard to get the ball and keep it. Moving the ball around the pitch became easier after Rose took some early clogging (as usual) and we won a couple of early free-kicks, putting the ball into the penalty box for a nervous Hornets defence to deal with. Son tested Gomes from just outside the box, but it was easily dealt with and handled well, as Capoue did with Eriksen's shot with his arms in an unnatural position as he slid in to block the effort. A defensive cock-up allowed Kane the opportunity to curl a shot at goal, but it went wide of the top corner, then Spurs were denied opportunities with balls into the box. Alderweireld looked for Son, but Gomes came to claim it, then another ex-Spur – Kaboul – just got the ball away from Dele, as Kane's cross looked for him at the back stick. They did get through when Eriksen picked up Trippier's cleared cross and slipped it to Danny Rose bursting into the area and from just ahead of the penalty spot he slashed his shot well over the goal.

Christian Eriksen was moving well to receive the ball and when Alli slipped a square pass to him, he struck it early and it fizzed just over the bar, but the Spurs and England midfielder came closer when Wimmer gave the ball away out on the left side, but won it back, then the ball got to Dele, who struck a rising shot that cannoned back off the crossbar.  It didn't matter though, as the resulting throw-in from the clearance Watford switched off and Kane played the ball to Eriksen and he moved it to Trippier out wide right and his perceptive pass inside two Watford players allowed Harry to move onto it and slot the ball between Gomes and his near post. 1-0 after 27 minutes saw Spurs move ahead with the balance of play having been in their favour.

It was only another five minutes before the lead was doubled with the same two involved in the second goal. Alli spread the ball right to Trippier, who took a touch and whipped in a pacy low cross as the ball dropped. Kane was alive to the chance and got between Cathcart and Prodl, who both failed to go for the ball, but the Spurs striker lunged in to poke a volley past Gomes from the edge of the six yard box with a real poacher's instinct.

The main thrust of Watford's game was for Amrabat to pull and foul Spurs players, then whinge and moan to the ref if he got fouled himself. There was a bizarre incident when he manhandled Rose off the ball, who stopped, only to see the referee wave play on !! The home team's closest chance came when Kane, back defending, cleared a ball close to goal straight against Deeney and the ball kindly went just wide of the goal for a goal-kick. But normal service was resumed when a free-kick from Eriksen was met on the volley by Son, who steered it inches wide with Gomes helpless.

Again, it didn't matter too much as a minute later it was 3-0 when Dele Alli took control of a weak clearance from Kaboul and stroked a low shot precisely inside the keeper's left hand post to give Tottenham a big half-time lead.

As the half went on, Watford lost their composure and were flying in with tackles, as their frustration at not being good enough was taken out on the Spurs players. Tottenham, however, were growing in confidence and were playing the ball out from the back in the first half in ever tighter situations.

That soon became even bigger when Harry Kane was presented with the ball by Prodl 25 yards out inside the first minute of the second half. He nut-megged his former team-mate Kaboul and then pulled the ball across to Dele on the left. While his first touch with his left foot was a bit heavy, his second with the same foot was delicate enough to slide the ball under Gomes from a tight angle to score Tottenham's fourth. The clinical finishing had punished the slack defending by Watford, but the approach taken by Spurs made it hard for a struggling side to make any impact on us.

With four goals to their credit, Tottenham slightly too their foot off the gas. Not that it gave Watford any opportunities to score, but the retention of the ball and making Watford work to try and get it back was enough to manage the game at that stage of proceedings. They picked off Watford at will and Kane put Son through, but the Korean's shot wide as Cathcart slid in.

The dangerous partnership of last season between Deeney and Ighalo is not functioning at all this campaign. One header on by the captain saw it put Ighalo through, but he checked back and then curled a shot way wide from 15 yards out. Tottenham were swarming over Watford and picked up the majority of loose balls with Watford always late to arrive in the tackle. One on Rose gave Kane the chance to hit a low free-kick around the wall, which Gomes pushed wide although it might have been going wide.

A series of substitutions disrupted play and saw Spurs able to rest some of their first choice XI, while it gave Watford fans the chance to have their biggest cheer of the day when young debutant Brandon Mason made a pass to his own team and then won a tackle !! Most of them had left to nurse their New Year's Day football hangover, when a late free-kick was scrappily bundled over the line at the second attempt from one foot out by Younes Kaboul, sitting on the floor. Son, Eriksen and Dier had shot off target, as they looked to increase the lead before being pegged back, but it was of no consequence. Deeney slid a ball across the penalty area eight yards out, but there was no yellow shirt on hand to get a finishing touch.

The Spurs fans were in good cheer and sang out “Can't Smile Without You”, as they had to make their own entertainment, with lots of red and yellow seats emptying from about 75 minutes into the game.

Son was always a good outlet to the Tottenham defence – even if he didn't have his shooting boots on today, Wanyama did a great job going about his work efficiently and while Dele didn't have his greatest game, he still ended up with two goals. The first half was as good as they have played for a long while and there was a gulf in class between the two clubs.

All the pre-match talk from Watford had been from Capoue about being disrespected by Pochettino and how he would love to score against Tottenham. When it came to it, he put in a performance that showed why Mauricio shipped him out, as he was anonymous for the majority of the 78 minutes of the match he played before being substituted. Even then, he was slightly better than Doucoure, who must have put in one of the worst performances by a Premier League player since Ali Dia at Southampton. He did put in a good tackle to stop Son near the end as it looked like he was on for a shot, but other than that he was desperate. Amrabat was embarrassingly bad, putting a challenge in on Wanyama by forgetting about the ball in his control and barging the Kenyan over before doing a funny walk with the ball at his feet and then knocking it off to a team-mate.

A more straightforward win than was expected and one that sets up Wednesday's meeting with Chelsea at the Lane nicely.  With them also in good form ,it will be tougher than Watford, but Spurs need to rise to the occasion.

Sparky Marky




Watford FC were so named when two opposing teams played either side of the River Colne and when they were drawn to play each other in the Hertfordshire Cup had to work out how to cross the river to fulfil the fixture.  Without bridges, they had to wait until the water levels in the river were low and they could then cross easily.  Originally, one side had told the other to cross at the ford.  The other team were not aware of it and said "What ford?", thus taking that to be their name from there on.


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Other scores during this week :
Hull City 2 Everton 2 Friday
Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 0 Monday
Burnley 4 Sunderland 1 Saturday
Chelsea 4 Stoke City 2 Saturday
Leicester City 1 West Ham United London 0 Saturday
Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Middlesbrough 1 Sunday
Southampton 1 West Bromwich Albion 2 Saturday
Swansea City 0 Bournemouth 3 Saturday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 19 16 1 2 42 13 49 +29
2 Liverpool 19 13 4 2 46 20 43 +26
3 Arsenal 19 12 4 3 41 19 40 +22
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 19 11 6 2 37 14 39 +23
5 Manchester City 19 11 3 4 39 21 39 +18
6 Manchester United 19 10 6 3 29 19 36 +10
7 Everton 19 7 7 6 25 23 27 +2
8 West Bromwich Albion 19 7 5 7 25 23 26 +2
9 Southampton 19 6 6 7 19 22 24 -3
10 Bournemouth 19 7 3 9 26 31 24 -5
11 Watford 19 6 4 9 22 34 22 -11
12 West Ham United London 19 6 4 9 23 33 22 -10
13 Leicester City 19 5 5 9 24 31 21 -7
14 Stoke City 19 5 6 8 22 32 21 -10
15 Burnley 19 7 2 10 21 29 20 -8
16 Middlesbrough 19 4 6 9 17 22 18 -5
17 Crystal Palace 19 4 4 11 29 35 16 -6
18 Sunderland 19 4 2 13 17 35 14 -18
19 Hull City 19 3 4 12 16 41 13 -25
20 Swansea City 19 3 3 13 21 44 12 -23

Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  3rd
Position after the weekend :  4th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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