Watford versus Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-ups: Pochettino forced to twist

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier in action

The Hornets host Mauricio Pochettino's men at Vicarage Road on New Years Day.

Watford will seek a first Premier League win in four, as Tottenham Hotspur visit Vicarage Road on New Years' Day. The Hornets have taken just one point from a possible nine during their last three games, having lost five in eight. 

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goalWatford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal

In Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, Walter Mazzari's men earned a 1-1 draw. Striker Troy Deeney finally notched his 100th goal for the Hertfordshire side, ending a 10-game goal drought from back on the opening day of October.

Spurs make the short trip from North London off the back of a handsome 4-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday night.

After Virgil van Dijk gave The Saints a second minute lead at St. Mary's, Dele Alli equalised for his first of two for the visitors, with a second half Harry Kane goal and Nathan Redmond's dismissal, seeing Claude Puel's men capitulate by the final whistle.

Tottenham's Dele Alli scores their fourth goalTottenham's Dele Alli scores their fourth goal

Mauricio Pochettino's side have now won three on the bounce, recovering from away defeats to both Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks.

Tottenham's win on the South coast was their first away victory since September, with Pochettino aware his men need to improve performances on the road ahead of a first clash of 2017.

They will have to do so potentially without three of their regular back-four line up. Both Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen picked up a fifth booking of the season and will miss the trip to Watford, with Toby Alderweireld also struggling with illness.

Kieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the first goal for Tottenham HotspurKieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur

Watford and Spurs have met six times in the top-flight, with the Hornets yet to record a Premier League in against the North Londoners.

The last time the two met back in February, a Kieran Trippier goal gave Spurs a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane. Curiously, the full-back is set to stand in for Walker once more on New Years' Day.

Watford will be without defender Miguel Britos who is suspended after receiving his fifth caution of the campaign. Daryl Janmaat is also a doubt after hobbling off versus The Eagles on Monday, but Adrian Mariappa could make a a comeback.

Walter Mazzarri will assess the trio of Stefano Okaka, Isaac Success and Valon Behrami, although Roberto Pereyra is definitely out and could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Here is how Watford could lineup:


As documented, Spurs will be without suspended Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen, whilst Toby Alderweireld could miss out with illness again. Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer are likely to deputise, although Eric Dier is also an option.

Erik Lamela is set to return from a hip complaint next week.

Here is how Spurs could line up:


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