Watford v Tottenham team news and stats

Date published: Sunday 27th December 2015 4:47

Nathan Ake: Back in Watford fold

Watford are unbeaten in their last five league home games against Tottenham and have kept six clean sheets at Vicarage Road this season.

Team news

Watford’s Nathan Ake is available after being ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has no new injury worries to contend with.

Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele’s fitness ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Watford on Monday.

Dembele took a knock to his ankle in the 3-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day, while Ryan Mason is regaining fitness following an ankle problem and could be included.

Clinton N’jie (knee) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) are both out.

Opta stats

  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five league home games against Spurs (W2 D3).
  • Tottenham are undefeated in their last seven competitive games against Watford (W5 D2 L0).
  • Watford’s last win over Tottenham in all competitions was a 3-2 League Cup victory at White Hart Lane in October 1994.
  • This will be the first Premier League meeting between managers Mauricio Pochettino and Quique Sanchez Flores – their first ever meeting in La Liga saw Flores’ Atletico Madrid side beat Pochettino’s Espanyol outfit 4-0 at home (Nov 2009).
  • Watford have not ended the calendar year with a league defeat since 2007 (2-4 versus QPR in the Championship).
  • Spurs have not lost their final league game of a calendar year since 2008, when they lost 0-2 away at West Bromwich Albion.
  • Watford have kept six clean sheets in their nine Premier League home games so far in 2015-16.
  • The Hornets will be looking to win three successive top-flight home games for the first time since December 1986 (four in a row).
  • Since losing away to Manchester United on MD1 (0-1), Tottenham are unbeaten away from home in the Premier League (W3 D4).
  • Harry Kane has bagged 27 Premier League goals in 2015, more than any other player.

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