Those Pesky Hornets

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Next up, it’s Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon. 

Like us, the Hornets have started the season with three wins out of three with Brighton, Burnley and Palace their victims. Two of the games were at home; we of course, have no home (!) which is why Watford are scheduled to start the season with such a friendly bias to their fixtures. 

In fact, their next league game after us is also at Vicarage Rd meaning that they will have played four of their first five games at home! Who’d be a Premier League fixtures computer? 

Watford’s buzzing start has been built around a workmanlike midfield containing Capoué, Doucoure, Pereyra and Hughes. These four each show an appetite for industry coupled with a creative bent that in total has so far been enough to compensate for an average looking defence of Janmaat, Cathcart, Holebas and Kabasele. Mind you, it’s got to be better than Jones, Lindelhof, Herrera etc. 

In goal they have the newly re-signed Ben Foster, the man with a special place in Spurs v Watford fixtures as it was he who watched Paul Robinson’s free-kick/punt bounce over his head and into the net in 2007. Happy days. 

Up front, ex-gooner Gray and ex-lag Deeney ( am not sure which has the more besmirched CV) have thus far notched a goal each but Pereyra’s the man who has been exciting fantasy league managers, three goals thus far. 

They will be unchanged, how about us? 

Up front we’ve fielded the same foursome thus far but Poch has rung the changes in midfield and defence with ten players so far occupying the six remaining positions. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that number rises by one on Sunday. Bear in mind that I know little about these things, but I suspect that Poch will want to kick start Winks’s season sooner rather than later and there is a decent chance that we will see him line up alongside Dier on Sunday. 

Who knows what’s going on at the back? Vertonghen is the only one guaranteed a starting place. Rose was shocked to play on Monday and just about got away with it. It would’ve been nice to know Ben Davies’ thoughts. 

My guess would be four across the rear in front of Vorm – mysterious thigh injury to Hugo apparently. Hmmm. Davies, Trips, Jan and Sanchez. Guess though. 

Whatever we get from the game, assuming it’s positive, it will have been well earned. They have a vigour and in the likes of Hughes and Doucoure a willingness that will harm other teams. 

Not us though. 

Andre Marriner is the ref. 



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