2021-22 Premier League: Week Three – Tottenham vs Watford

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Watford to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in an untelevised Super Sunday match. 

Victory would see Tottenham go top of the Premier League, whereas Watford can go as high as sixth and leapfrog their hosts with a huge win.


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Joe Rodon is ruled out for Spurs after suffering an injury in training prior to the first leg defeat against Pacos de Ferreira in their Europa Conference League Play-Off, although the North Londoners have no fresh injury concerns after a comeback win in the second leg on Thursday to seal a spot in the Group Stage.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (ankle) and Tanguy Ndombele (personal) remain absent.

Watford will be without Ben Foster in goal after he suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Juraj Kucka (leg) and Nathaniel Chalobah (illness) are doubts but Dan Gosling (illness) and Joao Pedro (knee) are ruled out.


Stat Attack

  • Tottenham have lost just one of 14 previous Premier League meetings against Watford (W8, D5, L1).
  • Watford are winless in seven previous away trips against Spurs in the Premier League (D1, L6).
  • Both teams are yet to score from the penalty spot in 14 previous Premier League meetings, despite Watford receiving the only penalty kick awarded during those 14 clashes.
  • Steven Bergwijn has had three shots on target in two league appearances this season, more than any other Tottenham players.
  • Watford are yet to play a through ball in the league this season.



Having scraped two wins from their opening two league matches so far this season, Tottenham have adapted well to life under Nuno Espirito Santo but their defensive ability to close down gaps at Wolves last weekend was a concern despite delivering an excellent counter-attacking strategy.

Thursday’s home win over Pacos de Ferreira though feels like a turning point because the team were just excellent, especially with Harry Kane back in the starting eleven, so their task now is to crack on because they have a huge chance to go top and give themselves confidence heading into the international break.

Watford meanwhile were just lacklustre at Brighton last weekend across the pitch before scraping a midweek victory in the Carabao Cup, so there is definitely work to be done to improve here for the Hornets.

I however don’t see an away win coming given their poor result in this fixture so am going for a routine home win.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Watford

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