How the Bookies See It:
- Winner: Watford 9/2, Draw 11/4, Tottenham 8/13 – Bet365
- Both Teams to Score: Yes 10/11, No 17/20 – Ladbrokes
- Over/Under 2.5 Goals: Over 1/1, Under 8/11 – Paddy Power
- Watford returned from their Christmas break by holding Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw on Monday 26 December. That was their third Premier League match in a row without a win, with the team previously losing 1-0 to Sunderland on Saturday 17 December and 2-0 to Manchester City on Wednesday 14 December. Their only win in their last five matches was on Saturday 10 December, when they beat Everton 3-2, and the team have only won two games from their last eight. Looking at the season stats thus far, Watford have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 8 of their 18 games, and have scored 22 goals and conceded 30, for an average of 1.22 goals scored per match.
- Tottenham Hotspur’s recent form is far superior to Watford’s, with the team having won four of their last five league matches. Their latest result was a 4-1 away victory over Southampton on Wednesday 28 December, and prior to that they achieved a 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday 18 December and a 3-0 win over Hull on Wednesday 14 December. Tottenham have won 10, drawn 6 and lost just 2 matches from the 18 that they have played in the Premier League this season, and the team has scored 33 goals and conceded 13, for an average of 1.83 goals scored per match.
Watford achieved their draw against Crystal Palace thanks to a penalty scored by Troy Deeney in the 71st minute. That was Deeney’s 100th goal for the team, and it relieved some of the pressure that the captain had been feeling to reach that milestone after what he later admitted has been a poor spell for him. Deeney had been brought on to replace Valon Behrami, who was injured early in the game, and Daryl Janmaat also left the pitch due to injury in the first 15 minutes, so head coach Walter Mazzarri was content to take the point for the draw.
Whilst Watford’s 1-1 draw was much better than a loss to Crystal Palace, it still wasn’t a win, and the team will have a tough job earning the full three points when they face Tottenham on New Year’s Day. Spurs are in superb form of late, and although they conceded a 2nd minute goal to Southampton in their most recent match, they struck back with an equaliser in the 19th minute and then hammered in three more goals in the second half to secure another comfortable win.
The goal stats indicate a 1-2 victory to Tottenham in this game, and the recent form of both teams would appear to agree with that outcome, if not suggest an even bigger winning margin for Spurs. We will leave the correct score predictions for braver souls, and tip Tottenham to win the game in as decisive a manner as they can.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Tottenham to win – 8/13 with Bet365
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.