Watford vs. Tottenham 1/18/20 English Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
1/18/20 7:30 am
Over 2.5 (-125), Under 2.5 (+100)
Watford is hosting Tottenham at Vicarage Road in round 23 of the English Premier League.
After a disastrous start of the season, Watford has been playing extremely well as of late and is now on a 6-game streak without a loss. For most of the time since the season started, Watford was in the relegation zone in the EPL standings, but thanks to their renaissance over the past month or so, Watford is now in 17th place in the standings with 22 points. In their last 6 games, Watford has scored 14 goals which are a significant improvement from the beginning of the season, and they conceded only 5 goals which are an even better improvement. In their last EPL match against Bournemouth away from home, Watford had 44% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 72% of the correct passes. I know it seems that Watford didn’t have a great game, but they won 0-3 away from home and that is something that hasn’t happen to Watford this season yet. Deeney and Deulofeu have scored 4 goals each for Watford, while Sarr and Doucoure have each scored 3 goals. The big problem for Watford and coach Pearson could be all the injuries in the team because I’m not sure how long can Watford play this good without the depth on the bench. Welbeck, Cleverley, Prodl, Janmaat, Hughes, Kabasele, and Femenia are all injured. I was saying all along that Watford is a too good of a team have a season that bad like they did at the beginning of this season and it was only a matter of time before they turn things around. I do believe that Watford will stay in the EPL next season as well, and once some of those injured players recover, Watford will be able to more consistent.
Tottenham is in a huge slump, again. Tottenham hasn’t won any of their last 4 games, and they haven’t scored a goal in 2 of those 4 games. It gets even worse for Tottenham because their star striker Harry Kane is injured and won’t be back before April. With 30 points, 36 scored goals, and 31 conceded goals, Tottenham is in 8th place in the EPL standings and the Champions League next season and further and further away. In their last EPL game against Liverpool last weekend, Tottenham was a disaster with only 33% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and only 78% of the correct passes. Tottenham has lost this match 0-1 and was lucky that they didn’t concede more goals. Kane is Tottenham’s top goalscorer with 11 goals and will be hard to replace now that he is injured, Alli added 6 goals. Lloris, Davies, Sissoko, and Ndombele are all also injured and will not be in the lineup. Tottenham is just not playing well this season and is inconsistent. In the Champions League, Tottenham will play against Leipzig who is at the top of the Bundesliga at the moment. I know that the Champions League is a different competition and that teams often play in completely opposite forms in different competitions, but I don’t like this matchup for Tottenham. There have been a lot of rumors over the last week or so that Tottenham is trying to find a replacement striker for Kane, and the two names that keep coming up are Llorente from Napoli and Piatek from Milan. Neither of those strikers is playing in good form right now, and I’m not sure how could they possibly be a replacement for Kane, but we will see.
Watford has had very little success against Tottenham in the past, and despite Watford playing great soccer right now, I will side with Tottenham who is way too talented to stay in this slump for much longer. I don’t think that Watford can stay consistent with so many injuries, and I see Tottenham getting a breakout win here.