As the Hornets prepare to make their first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs in the Premier League, here is everything you need to know about the fixture...
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday October 19, 3pm BST
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts
The Hornets will be without Sebastian Prödl, Étienne Capoue and Isaac Success, according to Quique Sánchez Flores, as well as captain Troy Deeney who continues to recover from knee surgery.
Spurs will assess Christian Eriksen, who suffered a dead leg on international duty, ahead of the fixture. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon have both returned to full training, while Son Heung-min may be rested after returning from international duty later than his teammates. Hugo Lloris, who injured his elbow against Brighton and Hove Albion, is unavailable.
Spurs lost 3-0 away at Brighton last time out in the Premier League, and their most recent fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a disappointing 7-2 loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The side currently sit in ninth position in the league, having won three matches and lost three, but Mauricio Pochettino remains calm, saying “this type of situation happens at all clubs sooner or later”.
HEAD TO HEAD
Won 8, Drawn 9, Lost 31
Jan 2019: Spurs 2-1 Watford (Cathcart) (Premier League)
Sep 2018: Spurs* 2-2 Watford [4-2 on pens] (Success, Capoue) (Carabao Cup)
Sep 2018: Watford 2-1 Spurs (Cathcart, Deeney) (Premier League)
Apr 2018: Spurs 2-0 Watford (Premier League)
Dec 2017: Watford 1-1 Spurs (Kabasele) (Premier League)
Apr 2017: Spurs 4-0 Watford (Premier League)
May 11, 1985 – Spurs 1-5 Watford: The Hornets recorded their biggest ever victory against Tottenham Hotspur at the tail end of the 1984/85 season in the old First Division. John Barnes, Nigel Callaghan, Colin West and Luther Blissett scored to put Graham Taylor’s side 4-0 up before Glen Hoddle pulled one back for the hosts from the spot. However, a Danny Thomas own-goal restored the Hornets’ four-goal lead against the side which would finish the season in third place. Watford followed up this impressive win with another 5-1 thrashing just two days later, against Manchester United.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
The French international centre-half plied most of his trade at Tottenham Hotspur, making over 100 appearances for the club during two spells. He won the League Cup in 2007/08 during his first season at White Hart Lane and, after spending two years at Portsmouth, he was made club captain for a period during his second spell at the club. Following a stint at Sunderland, Kaboul joined Watford in 2016 and spent two years at the Vicarage Road, most notably scoring in a 2-1 win away at Arsenal in 2017.
One of the game’s greatest goalkeepers is best known for his time at Tottenham Hotspur and then Arsenal, but Jennings’ first steps in the Football League were with Watford. The Northern Ireland international made over 50 appearances for the Hornets but soon switched the third division for the first as he moved to White Hart Lane.
It was a proud moment for Hornets fans to see their centre-forward on the biggest stage in football in 1982. Armstrong turned out for Northern Ireland at the World Cup in Spain and impressed, scoring three goals for his country. There was another proud moment when the forward returned to Watford, as he scored the club’s first ever goal in the top flight in the season in which the Hornets would go on to finish runners up. Before arriving at Vicarage Road though, Armstrong began his journey in English football with Spurs, making over 50 appearances for the side.
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
Quique Sánchez Flores:
“This is a big problem in football, that people think the season finishes in September. It finishes in May and it is impossible to think what will happen.
“We have to think about the finish and how it could be a good end to the season, how we can improve and how proud and happy we will be if we are able to do this. In football we think about what will happen tomorrow. It's more than that.
“We are not worried as it’s not a good word to represent how we feel. We need to be responsible about the situation. We know what the situation is of the team. The work is tough, but we know how we are working, and we are working hard.”
“Yes, I know [Quique], it's going to be a tough game. For us, we are going to fight against us, play against us. Our worst enemy is going to be ourselves, then after it's going to be the opponent.
“I think we were talking a lot, individually and collectively. I was talking with the staff in a very honest conversation as always in these situations, trying to find the best way because in the end our interest is Tottenham.
“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 that club, our fans want to be happy and they want to enjoy the team winning.”
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