Their 8th place leaves them only 3 points behind their opponents Tottenham, who finished second in the Premier League this season.
A team without fear, the command of Marco Silva, and that has no problem in seeking the goal and proof of this are the numbers around this club
as they arrive with a total of 24 goals scored (6th) and 25 conceded (16th), which makes us think a bit about the Hornets’ offensive approach.
But let’s look at what appears to be scary: 18 of the goals conceded by this team were in the games against the top teams in the standings that includes 4 games with over 5.5 goals and only 1 with over 2.5.
Against 1º Rank – Over 5.5 Goals: Watford 0-6 Manchester City
Against 2nd Place – Over 5.5 Goals: Watford 2-4 Manchester United
Against 3rd Rank – Over 5.5 Goals: Chelsea 4-2 Watford
Against 4th Rank – Over 2.5 Goals: Watford 2-1 Arsenal
Against 5th Rank – Over 5.5 Goals: Watford 3-3 Liverpool
The Spurs are now in a terrible moment and forced to win. Despite being one of the best defenders of the event,
the Hornets have already shown they know how to score great as we see in the results above and whenever they did not stay for 1 goal.
Manchester City were the only ones to avoid goals from these 5 teams with Brighton and Stoke City being the only other to match the draw with Brighton’s 0-0 draw and a 1-0 Potters win, respectively.
Will Hughes, Isaac Success, Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Tommie Hoban and Nathaniel Chalobah are confirmed lows by Marco Silva for this match. Miguel Britos is doubtful for this meeting.
Quote from: Kiko Femenia, Right side of Watford
“We clearly know the importance of this meeting and the size of the rivals.
It will be a very complicated match but we have to face them with the right mindset, with what we know how to do, and if we do it with that attitude I think we can stop them and get some points. ”
Tottenham are favorites due to the difference in their teams and their own differences in the size of clubs but the Spurs are clearly going through a negative phase.
Playing in the Champions League with such a short squad was not a easy task and although they are in the first position of a group that counts with Real Madrid, the fatigue began to be noticed recently.
In the last 8 games for all competitions, they have only 3 wins, where only 1 of them went to the Premier League and scored only 3 goals in the last 5 games for this competition.
Defeat with Arsenal’s London rivals 2-0, a 2-1 draw with 17th West Bromwich and a 2-1 defeat in the last round with Leicester brings the players with a lack of confidence.
Visiting Vicarage Road with a date 3 days later for the Champions League is not in good shape, but the already assured qualification for the knockout round ends up helping.
We expect a strong bet from Mauricio Pochettino in this match for the greater importance of this match but he will not be able to count Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama who are injured until the end of the year.
They are the 5th best defender with only 12 goals conceded in all matches but out of doors count on 3 of the 4 defeats of the season.
Quote from: Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Coach
“It is true that we had difficulties against Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion and the display against Leicester was not the best. Sometimes you need to be more effective or have some luck to win the game.
We are in a period where we need to change the dynamics of the team and start building the team again. This is a good opportunity to do so against Watford.
We must be calm and not make decisions based on emotion. It’s important to be accurate in the way I evaluate the team and why we lost points in the last games. ”
Watford vs Tottenham Prognosis:
Two teams to come from different defeat and quality but it is the best time for Watford to face Tottenham and not the other way around. The mentality of Watford generates many goals and ends up penalizing them defensively.
Against Tottenham, who is one of the best defenders, the effectiveness will need to be in place, but in the face of the Spurs’ need to win, I believe we will have an open game.
The high number of goals from both teams makes me follow this market and the Hornets’ ability to break the best defenses increases my confidence.