Watford play host to Tottenham Hotspur within the Premier League on Saturday afternoon sitting outside of the relegation zone for the primary time since August.
Meanwhile, Spurs make the short trip to Vicarage Road having did not win any of their last three fixtures within the top flight,
leaving Jose Mourinho’s team in eighth position within the standings.
Watford are on a fantastic run and large credit must tend to Nigel Pearson and his squad for the doubtless season-saving turnaround.
José Mourinho must stop Troy Deeney from running rampant for Tottenham to face an opportunity of not becoming their latest scalp.
Mourinho’s forte is negative tactics but, without a goalscorer, a victory against any in-form side are going to be difficult.
Hopes of Champions League football next season may begin to fade if Spurs’ fortunes still slide.
They will be wary of probably falling 12 points behind Chelsea.
Nigel Pearson has breathed new life into the deflated Hornets to maneuver them out of the relegation zone and searching for a fourth win on the trot.
Spurs enjoyed less of a replacement manager bounce under Jose Mourinho,
who was appointed around under three weeks before Pearson, and are still finding their feet.
Saturday should bring a well-matched test for both teams and managers.
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Watford vs Tottenham Team News
Despite having started the last two matches, Christian Eriksen could sink to the substitutes’ bench as speculation mounts regarding his future.
Recent arrival Gedson Fernandes is additionally likely to be among the replacements,
but Son Heung-min should return to the team to feature in attack.
Eric Dier may partner Lo Celso in central midfield, with Harry Winks missing out,
while Tanganga should get the nod over Serge Aurier at right-back.
While changes are expected to be made to the Spurs starting lineup, Pearson is unlikely to form any alterations to his Watford XI.
Abdoulaye Doucoure should come through a fitness test to play,
although Christian Kabasele remains unavailable thanks to suspension.
Watford have Ignacio Pussetto available for selection following the winger’s arrival from Udinese.
Christian Kabasele is back after a ban, while Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia are on the brink of a return from injury.
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho is probably going to recall Toby Alderweireld, who was rested for the FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.
New signing Gedson Fernandes could play, while club captain Hugo Lloris is back in training and nearing a return.
Watford vs Tottenham Line Up
Watford possible starting lineup:
Foster; Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina; Chalobah, Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu; Deeney
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Tanganga, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Dier, Lo Celso; Moura, Alli, Sessegnon; Son
Watford vs Tottenham Head-to-head
Watford’s only victory in their 13 Premier League matches against Tottenham was by 2-1 during this fixture last season.
That is their only convert Spurs in 17 attempts altogether competitions dating back to 1994.
However, Spurs have won on only two of their past nine away league visits to Watford (D4, L3).
TV channel and live stream information
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels,
and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via
SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
You can also follow all the action from Vicarage Road with our Manchester correspondent James Robson.