Tottenham Hotspur take on a resurgent Watford team this weekend, but how can they beat the Hornets?
Since losing to Liverpool on December 14th, Watford, under Nigel Pearson, haven’t lost a game.
They have beaten Manchester United, Aston Villa, Wolves and Bournemouth and drawn with Sheffield United to move to 17th in the table, one point clear of the drop zone.
This weekend, then, is something of a banana skin for Spurs, though Pearson’s men do have some weaknesses of their own.
Per WhoScored, they concede 54% of their shots from inside the 18-yard box, with 37% from outside and a further 10% from within the six-yard box.
They are also vulnerable down their left; conceding 22% of their shots from that side compared to 11% from the right. A total of 67% have come down the middle.
They have also conceded seven goals from set-pieces, or 21% of their total concessions, with 19 from open play, five from penalties and two from own goals; one has come on the counter-attack.
The penalty statistic is particularly instructive and points to a potential lack of discipline.
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Son Heung-Min needs to step up.
He has been poor in recent weeks and was particularly dismal in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
However, if he is going to play on the left flank, one feels that he could gain some joy against the Watford defence.
He is likely to have opportunities to run at the Hornets and can potentially take advantage of the statistical weakness down their left-hand side.
Against the Reds, he had four shots on goal and only one was on target.
If Spurs are to take all three points against an impressive Watford side, he will need to have his shooting boots on.
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