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Watford’s strengths as they prepare to face Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur take on Watford next weekend and the game is something of a banana skin for Jose Mourinho’s men.

On the chalkboard

Nigel Pearson’s men have been resurgent in recent weeks, going a total of five games unbeaten.

That includes victories over Manchester United and Wolves, as well as an impressive draw with high-flying Sheffield United.

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Their strengths, then, have been played to by Pearson as the Hornets have climbed out of the relegation zone to 17th in the Premier League.

Since the beginning of the season, they have scored 20 goals in 22 league outings, averaging 11.8 shots per game and an average possession rate of 45.1%, per WhoScored.

They have a pass success rate of 75.2%, too, as well as averaging 3.4 shots on target. The majority of their efforts come from inside the box, with 6.9 in the penalty area, but a mere 0.5 come from inside the six-yard box.

Add into that their variety of goalscoring threats – Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney have scored four goals apiece, with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismaila Sarr hitting three each.

Andre Gray, Roberto Pereyra, Tom Cleverley and Will Hughes have also hit the back of the net this term, with Deulofeu and Sarr both having two assists.

Defensively suspect

Spurs haven’t been great when it comes to defending under Mourinho.

In their 10 games with the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss at the helm, they have conceded 14 goals and kept just one clean sheet, in a 5-0 win over Burnley.

They have shipped nine goals against Southampton, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Wolves, Bournemouth and West Ham, all teams outside the top six.

Will Spurs beat Watford this weekend?

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Versus Watford, then, they face genuinely difficult opposition.

Deeney is an imposing, physical striker, while Deulofeu is one of the most skilled forwards in the league when he is at his best.

This is by no means a ‘gimme’ for Spurs; Mourinho’s men will have to be at their best to take all three points.

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