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Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Tottenham Hotspur and Watford meet for Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, as the two sides end a congested period of fixtures with their third match in just eight days.

The Hornets travel to White Hart Lane after successive home matches, with the task of disrupting a Spurs side who have an impressive win rate of 86% on their own turf this season.

With just eight games remaining, both clubs are on track to achieve best ever finishes in the competition, currently sitting in 2nd and 10th respectively.

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Tottenham have won each of their last five matches in the league, amassing 14 goals in that period, despite being without talisman Harry Kane for the last three. On Wednesday night, Mauricio Pochettino’s men netted three times from the 88th minute to overturn a 1-0 deficit, ensuring the seven-point gap to leaders Chelsea was at least maintained.

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Prior to last weekend, Watford had been winless in four, losing three and drawing once, before securing maximum points from the double-header at Vicarage Road. Aside from various injuries and suspensions limiting the squad, this has set the Hornets up well for the trip to North London; on their last, they left the Emirates with the bragging rights.

Spurs have, however, proven a tough opponent for this weekend’s visitors in previous encounters. The two sides have met on seven occasions in the league’s current format, and the Lilywhites are yet to lose, winning all three since Watford’s return to the top-flight in 2015.

Predicted Line-ups

Both sides have tinkered with formations this season, experimenting with different combinations of centre-backs, full-backs, and wing-backs. In recent encounters with stronger opponents, Walter Mazzarri has opted for a 4-1-4-1 and is likely to do so again.

Pochettino tends to switch between 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-3, with the latter looking more suited on this occasion, particularly if Victor Wanyama returns from a back injury sustained last weekend.

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Spurs’ recent win over Burnley cost them not only the short-term absence of Wanyama, but the loss of Harry Winks for the remainder of the campaign. The 21-year-old joins Erik Lamela, Harry Kane and Danny Rose in the treatment room – the former is also out for the season. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris missed out on Wednesday but is expected to return from illness.

Mazzarri has several injury concerns in his squad and faces a conundrum defensively, following Miguel Britos’ sending off against West Bromwich Albion. The Italian manager has a large squad at his disposal but is also without Younes Kaboul (hamstring) and Sebastian Prodl is a doubt after being replaced with a rib injury on Wednesday.

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If Prodl returns, one solution would be to restore Daryl Janmaat to the starting XI and move Craig Cathcart back to his natural central position. If this is not the case, expect Juan Zuniga to be called upon. In more positive news for the Hornets, Valon Behrami should make his comeback after being forced out of the last two matches.

Verdict: Spurs 2-0 Watford

Spurs have really shown their quality at home this season, building on last year’s strong campaign and look set to secure second place in the league.

Despite Watford’s own relative success and recent victories, they have generally been quite unpredictable, which is not a helpful trait when heading to one of the country’s toughest grounds.

Tottenham have proven that they are still a force without Kane, and are yet to lose in his absence. That record and Spurs’ long-standing domination of this fixture look set to continue.

Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Tottenham Hotspur head into tomorrow’s clash with struggling Bournemouth still searching for their first Premier League victory at Wembley Stadium. Much as been made about Spurs’ hoodoo at the national stadium, where they are temporarily based while construction continues on their new ground.

Mauricio Pochettino’s charges have dropped more points at ‘home’ so far this season than in the entirety of the last campaign. However, they take on a Bournemouth outfit that have collected four points and are above only Crystal Palace in the league standings.

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Despite their difficulties at Wembley, Tottenham are unbeaten in the top-flight since August and sit third in the table with 14 points from seven matches. Their demolition of Huddersfield Town before the international break, in which the in-form Harry Kane netted a brace, highlighted their ability to crush opponents.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be acutely aware of the task facing his side. The Cherries have a terrible record against Spurs since being promoted to the Premier League and have yet to gain a single point on their travels this term.

Team news

Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns and could be boosted by the return of Mousa Dembele, who has recovered from a foot problem. Victor Wanyama is still sidelined with a knee injury, though. Harry Winks, who impressed on his England debut, is set to retain his place in the starting XI. Long-term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are several weeks away from first team action.

Howe’s line-up will depend on whether striker Joshua King passes a fitness test after suffering a tight hamstring for Norway. Ryan Fraser and Brad Smith are both poised to miss out, after suffering knocks during the international break. Callum Wilson has been continuing his recuperation by getting minutes under his belt for the Under-23s.

Predicted line-ups

Match prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Bournemouth

Spurs have thrashed Bournemouth in the two fixtures between the clubs at White Hart Lane – and a change of venue is unlikely to bring the Cherries better fortune. If at their best, Howe’s side can at least give Tottenham something to think about and prey on the anxiety they have experienced at Wembley. However, with no away form to speak of, Spurs look set to be too strong.

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Liverpool

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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The two most successful clubs in the history of English football will resume hostilities tomorrow, when Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield. It is a mouth-watering return to the Premier League following the international break, which sees Jose Mourinho’s side put their unbeaten start to the season on the line. The atmosphere is sure to be electric for Saturday’s early kick-off and victory for the hosts would bring them to within four points of their fierce rivals.

Recent form

With only one win from their past four top-flight outings, Liverpool’s form has stalled somewhat after a bright start. Scoring goals has not been a problem for Jurgen Klopp’s men – but in contrast, no club in the top half has shipped more. It is these defensive shortcomings which have been to blame for too many dropped points.

United meanwhile, have been mightily impressive, taking 19 points from 21. For all their attacking flair, they have also been watertight in defence, with the only goals they have conceded coming in the 2-2 draw away to Stoke City.

Team news

Klopp has been left reeling from the news that key player Sadio Mane has been ruled out from up to two months after injuring his hamstring during the international break, which means Daniel Sturridge may keep his place in attack. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are edging towards a return, although no date has yet been set.

United have selection problems of their own and will be without Marouane Fellaini, who suffered damage to his knee while playing for Belgium. Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcus Rojo all remain sidelined.

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Match prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United

Mourinho is a master tactician whose game-plan will be to keep it tight and frustrate Liverpool. Klopp’s team are more than capable of ruining his approach however, although Mane’s absence is a huge blow. The first goal will be crucial in deciding the outcome.

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Everton vs Burnley: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Everton will look to record just their third Premier League win of the season when a high-flying Burnley take the short trip across the north west to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s side have started the year in impressive fashion, losing just once in their opening six matches, and they’ll provide another stern test for an Everton side that are struggling to grind out results.

Yet Ronald Koeman will hope his side’s comeback victory over Bournemouth last time out can add some inspiration around Merseyside and kick-start a season that hasn’t got going just yet.

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Despite spending over £100million during the summer on some well-known names, Everton have found it difficult to convert that into results on the pitch with just two wins from their first six league games.

Consecutive defeats against Chelsea (2-0), Tottenham (3-0) and Manchester United (4-0) had dampened spirits around Goodison somewhat but they secured a much-needed win last week against the Cherries.

Their Europa League adventure hasn’t quite gone to plan either, losing heavily away at Atalanta before being held at home by Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol to leave them at the bottom of Group E.

The visitors have fared a little better so far this season, only losing the once against West Brom, and they’ve already surprised a few by drawing with Liverpool and Tottenham and seeing off Chelsea.

They’ll arrive on Merseyside with a fine away record too, unbeaten in their first three matches – all three of which ironically were against these top-six contenders – and they’ll want to extend the run.

Team News

Ronald Koeman could be without the services of both Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane after the defensive duo missed out on the draw with Apollon Limassol through respective injury problems.

That could see young Mason Holgate drafted into the centre of defence alongside Ashley Williams, with Everton potentially reverting to a four-man defensive system to cater for their lengthy injury list.

There’s little to report for Burnley ahead of Sunday’s clash, although Jonathan Walters could be in contention for a spot on the bench after recovering from an ongoing ligament problem in his ankle.

Predicted Line-Ups

Match Prediction; Everton 2-1 Burnley

Ronald Koeman will be desperate to see a reaction from his team after their disappointing late set-back against ten-man Apollon on Thursday, and he will want to make it two wins from two in the league.

But it certainly won’t be an easy task against a disciplined Burnley team, who have only conceded five goals all season despite facing a tough run of away games against Premier League title contenders.

Oumar Niasse is in-line for a start after his starring role in the win last weekend and his presence could lift a depleted Everton side, and whilst it won’t be a stroll in the park the hosts should nick a close affair.

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