Tottenham steamrolled Watford at the Vicarage road in a 4-1 rout, having gone up 3-0 in the first half itself. Harry Kane and Dele Alli got two goals each for Tottenham before former Tottenham player Younes Kaboul pulled one back in the stoppage time.
Both teams have encountered exactly opposite forms off late with Watford winning just four points in the last six games while Tottenham have now won four of their last five games in the Premier League. Below are three talking points from the game.
3 Huge Talking Points From Tottenham Hotspur’s Dominant Win Vs Watford
Watford’s awful record against Spurs continues
Watford continued their awful record against Spurs, losing five and drawing twice in the Premier League. Watford had no positives to take away from this particular defeat and they will be utterly disappointed with the performance they put in. Had Watford not pulled one back in the stoppage time, they would have seen their worst home defeat.
Perhaps, for the Hornets, this was a particularly great chance to put the past record to bed with two important Tottenham defenders missing the game through suspension but Watford were no contest against a dominant Spurs side.
Watford were at Tottenham’s mercy in the second half, but Pochettino decided to take the foot off the gas with a tough fixture against Chelsea in mind and substituted all three of their important players to protect them against frustrated Watford tackles flying in after going up 4-0 early in the second half.
Team selection strained due to injuries and suspensions
Both the teams were handicapped in their selection of playing eleven because of injuries and suspensions. Tottenham may have had defensive problems had Toby Alderweireld not recovered from the virus since both Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen were serving a one-game ban through suspension. While for Watford, Miguel Britos, Daryl Janmaat, Valon Behrami and Juan Camilo Zuniga missed the game too through injuries.
Kyle Walker’s suspension turned out to be a blessing in disguise with Kieran Trippier putting in an outstanding performance bagging two assists in the process, both for Harry Kane’s goals while Jan Vertonghen too was adequately replaced with Kevin Wimmer who put in a good defensive performance.
Watford’s Craig Cathcart and Abdoulaye Doucoure turned out to be quite underwhelming replacements for Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami as they were largely ineffectual in the game.
Tottenham Hotspur and Watford both going in the opposite direction
Tottenham have now won four of their last five Premier League games scoring 17 in their last six games and conceding just four while Watford have won just four points in their last six games conceding 13 goals in the process.
This win will be a huge confidence booster for the Tottenham players who play Chelsea in the midweek fixture while Watford would have to improve to gain most from the next three fixtures which are rather kind for the Hornets.
If the team continues their downward spiral and continue with this kind particularly disappointing performance, they might have to face a relegation battle.