Watford v Tottenham: match preview

Watford attempt to arrest their alarming slump buoyed by the news Emmanuel Dennis will not be playing at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigeria forward scored his eighth goal of the season in Watford’s 4-1 defeat against West Ham on Tuesday – their fifth successive loss. His availability in January offers hope but their problems remain in defence. Watford’s inability to keep a clean sheet is likely to be exposed again by a rejuvenated Tottenham. Antonio Conte remains unbeaten in the league and his arrival has reinvigorated Harry Kane after a forgettable autumn. Simon Mail

Saturday 3pm

Venue Vicarage Road

Last season n/a

Referee Robert Jones

This season G5 Y18 R0 3.6 cards/game

Odds H 9-2 A 4-6 D 3-1

Subs from Elliot, Fletcher, Gosling, Tufan, Hernández, Angelini, Conteh, Morris, Cleverley

Doubtful Foster (groin)

Injured Kabasele (calf, 15 Jan), Etebo (quadriceps, Mar), Nkoulou (hamstring, unknown), Sarr (knee, Feb), Baah (ankle, unknown), Rose (knee, unknown), Femenía (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y34 R1


Leading scorer Dennis 8

Subs from Gollini, Doherty, Gil, Rodon, Alli, Tanganga, Ndombele, Skipp, Clarke, White

Doubtful None

Injured Sessegnon (hamstring, 9 Jan), Bergwin (calf, 16 Jan), Lo Celso (calf, 16 Jan), Romero (hamstring, 16 Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y31 R1


Leading scorer Son 8