The Premier League returns for another full round of fixtures this weekend starting with a game that has repercussions at both ends of the table.
Following their 3-0 away win at relegation rivals Bournemouth last time out, Watford climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time this season, having picked up four wins in their last five league games.
Nigel Pearson has had a huge impact at Watford
Spurs, currently sitting eighth in the league, have hit a poor patch of form and are without a win in their last three games, including a 1-0 home loss to runaway leaders Liverpool in their last outing.
Watford will want to keep the resurgence under Pearson alive whereas Mourinhos men will want to close the gap on the top four which currently sits at a nine points.
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Watford vs Tottenham: How to listen
The Premier League clash will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, January 18.
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Watford vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
Watford have an appalling record against Tottenham and have got the better of the north London side just once in the Premier League era.
The last four league meetings has seen Spurs pick up the three points on three occasions as well as Watfords first domestic win over Mourinhos side since 1987.
Despite Tottenham often getting the better of Watford it is usually a close game, with two of the last three victories for either side only having one goal in it.
When these two sides met earlier on in the season they both had a different manager in the dugout, with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm of Spurs and Quique Sanchez Flores in charge of the visiting Watford as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.
The Hornets took an early lead through Abdoulaye Doucoure but it was cancelled out late on through a late Dele Alli equaliser, which left the visitors routed to the bottom of the table.
Alli nabbed a draw for Spurs last time the two sides met
Watford vs Tottenham: The facts
- Watford have won just one of their 13 Premier League matches against Tottenham (D4 L8), a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road last season.
- Spurs have won two of their last nine away league visits to Watford (D4 L3), picking up just a single point from their last two games at Vicarage Road (D1 L1).
- Watford are looking to win four consecutive home top-flight games within the same season for the first time since December 1986.
- Watford have won 13 points under manager Nigel Pearson (W4 D1 L1) only runaway leaders Liverpool (15) and Manchester City (15) have won more points since his first game in charge. Indeed, the Hornets have won as many points in their last five Premier League games as they had in their previous 23 in the competition (13).
- Tottenham are one of just two sides yet to keep an away clean sheet in the Premier League this season, along with Aston Villa. Spurs have conceded in each of their last 18 away league games, their longest such run in the top-flight since April 1977 (a run of 20).
- Tottenham have lost their last two Premier League games they havent lost three consecutive league games since November 2012.
- Before Nigel Pearsons first game in charge, Watford had a shot conversion rate of just 4.8 per cent, the lowest in the Premier League this season. Under Pearson, the Hornets have a conversion rate of 15.5%, the second highest in that time after Manchester City (18.4 per cent).
Watford made it four wins from five games with victory over relegation rivals Bournemouth
- Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was the last manager to win away from home against Watfords Nigel Pearson in the Premier League, doing so in April 2015 with Chelsea at Leicester. Since then, Pearson has won six consecutive home top-flight games and could become the first English manager to win seven in a row at home since Harry Redknapp in 2009 with Spurs.
- Dele Alli has scored five Premier League goals against Watford in eight appearances for Spurs against no side has he scored more in the competition (also five vs Chelsea and Southampton).
- Watfords Troy Deeney has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games as many as hed netted in his previous 20 appearances in the competition.
Watford vs Tottenham: Team news
The Hornets’ injury list includes Will Hughes, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Kiko Femenía, Daryl Janmaat and Sebastian Prödl and none of them are expected to be back in time for the clash against Spurs.
However, the home side have been handed a slice of good fortune after Christian Kabasele served the final game of his two-match suspension following his red card in the victory against Wolves.
Spurs will be without a number of players with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies and Tanguy Ndombele all side lined.
Both sides have key players side lined
However, new arrival Gedson Fernandes could feature and the 21-year-old is eager to impress his new boss and fellow countryman Mourinho.
He said: All young players want to work with Jose Mourinho because hes one of the best all of us as players want to stay near the best, so its fantastic to work with him.
The Premier League is a different competition every player in the world wants to play in the Premier League.
For me, its one more motivation because I always dreamed of playing in this league and now lets make my dream come true.
I think were going to do fantastic things because this is a fantastic club.
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