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Watford vs Tottenham: Spurs to end Hornets run

Watford vs Tottenham Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Sunday 2nd September

What time is kick-off? 16:00

Where is it being played? Vicarage Road

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Who is the referee? Andre Marriner

Watford and Tottenham were widely tipped to spend most of the season at opposite ends of the table in the pre-season Premier League predictions but both are flying high at this early stage of the campaign.

Three wins out of three apiece means at least one perfect record will be ended at Vicarage Road in the Super Sunday showdown.

Watford have enjoyed a favourable run of Premier League fixtures to kick the season off and the visit of Spurs is easily their toughest test so far.

Watford vs Tottenham Betting Tips

Here are our three best bets for the match:

The lowdown

Analysis of the expected goals data shows both teams have been flattered by their perfect starts.

Tottenham (1.74) actually had a lower xG than Manchester United (1.88) on Monday night but Romelu Lukaku's miss proved decisive as Harry Kane's superb header and a Lucas Moura brace secured a 3-0 victory.

Spurs also allowed the opposition plenty of chances in the wins against Newcastle and Fulham, while Watford's fine form has been largely due to their improved defensive displays.

Last week's 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace was harsh on the visitors, who had an xG of 1.62 compared to Watford's 1.01, and we think that could be a sign of what to expect on Sunday.

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The likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli should have more joy in picking holes in the Watford defence and over 2.5 goals at 8/11 is the first of our Watford vs Tottenham predictions.

Watford's best attacking play generally comes in the first half so we like the look of 10/3 for both teams to score in the first half but ultimately we think this is where their dream start ends.

Tottenham have the firepower to trouble anyone, as they proved on Monday, and an away win by more than one goal at 8/5 is added to our Watford vs Tottenham betting tips.

First goalscorer tips

Kane is almost always the clear favourite in the first goalscorer market but Moura's form is too good to ignore.

He opened the scoring against Fulham before his double against Manchester United so Moura looks the value bet at 15/2.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Kieran Trippier was one of England's stars at the World Cup and his threat from set-pieces is no secret.

He could get the chance to set his sights on goal again in a match which we expect Tottenham to dominate so having already opened his account this season, we're taking 7/2 for the full-back to strike again.

Where the game will be won and lost

Back-to-back home games against Tottenham and Manchester United will give us a better idea of whether Watford can sustain their flying start but at the moment we are unconvinced.

The Hornets failed to keep a clean sheet against any of the top six last season and lost by more than one goal in seven out of those 12 matches.

That suggests it could be a tough afternoon for the Hornets unless they have dramatically improved and Kane showed on Monday, with his precise header from a corner, how he can create a goal from many different positions.

The performance at Old Trafford was actually Tottenham's worst of the season so far in terms of chances created but the 3-0 win at a ground where they have traditionally struggled means Mauricio Pochettino's men will be full of confidence going into Sunday's match.

Team news

Gerard Deulofeu is back in training and could even feature for Watford after recovering from a groin strain. Miguel Britos has shaken off a knock, leaving Tom Cleverley as Watford's only long-term absentee.

Tottenham will be without captain Hugo Lloris due to a thigh injury. He will be joined on the sidelines by Moussa Dembele (hamstring), while Erik Lamela (hamstring) will be assessed.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

The first few weeks of the season suggest there should be plenty of goals when these two unbeaten teams meet. Both have looked better going forward than at the back but Tottenham's quality will shine through.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football