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    Watford 1-2 Tottenham

    Harsh on Watford but Spurs win it in dramatic style with Son Heung-min the hero.

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    Watford 1-2 Tottenham

    Late drama at Vicarage Road. Moments after a Ben Watson corner only narrowly fails to creep in at the near post before being fended away by keeper Hugo Lloris, Son Heung-min scores for Spurs at the other end.

    Kieran Trippier provides the cross and Son a deft flick at the near post.

  3. GOAL - Watford 1-2 Tottenham

    Son Heung-min

    Tottenham Hotspur celebrate
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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Can Watford snatch an unlikely win? The hosts win a corner which Ben Watson takes and Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris punches away at the near post.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    A Watford corner leads to a bit of pinball in the Spurs area before the visitors eventually clear their lines.


    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Spurs bring on Nacer Chadli for Dele Alli as they chase the win.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen slides a ball through to Heung-min Son but Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes comes out of his goal to gather.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham's Eric Dier launches a long ball forward but it fails to find a team-mate as it goes out of play. Spurs look less like scoring against Watford's 10 men than they did when the home side had 11 on the pitch.


    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Spurs bring on forward Heung-min Son for midfielder Tom Carroll as boss Mauricio Pochettino looks to capitalise on his side's advantage of an extra man.

  11. Lamela 'lucky not to have been injured'

    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Graham Taylor

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you put your leg high you run the risk.

    "Unfortunately he plants one foot and the other went up below the midriff. It could have been a nasty injury for Lamela. It was a bouncing ball and Ake would have known Lamela was there."

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores makes a change after left-back Nathan Ake's sending-off. He brings off Jurado and replaces him with defender Allan Nyom.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford have to be careful here. Striker Odion Ighalo is booked after showing his displeasure at being penalised for pushing.

  14. RED CARD

    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford have Nathan Ake sent off for a challenge on Erik Lamela. Ake caught the Argentine stud first on his thigh as he tried to get to a bouncing ball. Hornets skipper Troy Deeney is booked for his protests in the aftermath.

    Nathan Ake

    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford defender Miguel Britos, who had been booked not long ago, is replaced by Sebastian Prodl.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Harry Kane goes in where it hurts as he meets a Kieran Trippier cross at the near post but his effort goes just wide of the Watford goal.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford counter-attack but Troy Deeney's pass is intercepted by Toby Alderweireld as Spurs snuff out the danger.


    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Miguel Britos takes out Kieran Trippier with a rash challenge and is booked.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Spurs striker Harry Kane releases Erik Lamela on the right and the Argentine plays a ball into the area which is crucially intercepted by the Watford defence.


    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Watford make a change at half-time, bringing on midfielder Valon Behrami for Almen Abdi.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Both these teams are in form so can either of them find that bit extra to earn victory? We shall find out as the second half gets under way...

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham took the lead through Erik Lamela and carried the greater threat but Odion Ighalo hauled Watford back on level terms.


    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, who injured an ankle on Boxing Day, has to come off. Christian Eriksen comes on to replace him.

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    Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Odion Ighalo nets his 14th goal of the campaign as he is rewarded for his strength and determination. He controls the ball with his back to goal, holds off Eric Dier and manages to play the ball between the Spurs player's legs before poking it past keeper Hugo Lloris.

  26. GOAL Watford 1-1 Tottenham

    Odion Ighalo

    Odion Ighalo of Watford scores
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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Kieran Trippier has been a decent outlet for Spurs and the right-back is again in an advanced position to send in a threatening cross which keeper Heurelho Gomes punches away with Harry Kane lurking.

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Spurs striker Harry Kane opts to shoot from 25 yards and sees his effort go well high and wide. The effort doesn't go down too well with team-mate Erik Lamela, who feels the better option was to pass to him.

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Just what is Eric Dier's best position? Defensive midfielder? Full-back? Centre-back?

    Today he's taking up a bit of a sweeper role in front of Hugo Lloris (aka Hugh Laurie by certain Spurs fans...)

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    A worry for Spurs fans. Dele Alli stays down after going up for a header and then holds his left hip as he gets up and limps away.

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Watford managed to come back from a goal down to earn a draw at Chelsea on Boxing Day but they might have a tougher task of a repeat as Spurs look on it today.

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    First sight of goal for Watford striker Odion Ighalo. Moments after he complained of having his shirt pulled by Jan Vertonghen as they tussled for a cross, he meets a Nathan Ake cross with a first-time left-foot shot which he sends wide.

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    If possession means anything, Spurs deserve to be in front...

  36. 'He has given him the eyes'

    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker on BBC Final Score

    "Lamela has picked up the ball in the Watford half. He is a positive player and carries the ball, running forward with one thing on his mind - to get an attempt on target. He has given Gomes the eyes, looked at the near post and whipped it to the far post."

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    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela has a chance to quickly add to his opener when he is found by a Harry Kane cross but the Argentine playmaker glances a first-time shot wide from 15 yards.

  38. Lamela makes no mistake

    Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Craig Cathcart is caught in possession by Spurs midfielder Dele Alli and the ball falls to Erik Lamela, who runs at the Watford goal before clinically side-footing in a shot.

    Erik Lamela of Tottenham
  39. GOAL - Watford 0-1 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela

    Erik Lamela of Tottenham
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    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    Watford strike duo Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have been causing teams all sorts of problems and they combine to win the home side a corner. 

    Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris makes a mess of trying to catch the ball, which is cleared to Etienne Capoue and the ex-Spurs man sends his shot well off target.

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    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier delivers a dangerous cross into the Watford box and defender Miguel Britos does well to glance the ball wide.

    From the corner, ex-Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes makes a hash of coming out to punch the ball away before the ball is headed out for another corner which is then cleared.

  43. Spurs lack the steel to win the title

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    Garth Crooks

    Former Spurs striker on Final Score

    "I don't think Spurs' team can win the title, they don't have the steel to do it or the class of players. I see too many games Spurs play well and do not take maximum points.

    "Harry Kane has all the pieces of jigsaw to be top class, he just needs to help get Spurs in the top four and that is the acid test for me."

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    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs midfielder Dele Alli slides in to tackle former Tottenham man Etienne Capoue and the challenge does not go down well with the home side's players. There's a few handbags before Alli is the first man in referee Anthony Taylor's notebook.

    Delli Alli
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    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    The visitors are enjoying more of the possession at Vicarage Road and Harry Kane gets into the box on the right but is tackled by Nathan Ake. 

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    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    • Watford have won three of their past four home matches.
    • The Hornets have kept six clean sheets in their nine Premier League games at Vicarage Road this season.
    • Tottenham have not lost away from home in the Premier League since the opening day of the season (W3, D4).
    • Harry Kane has scored 10 goals in his past nine league games for Spurs.
  48. And they're off

    Watford 0-0 Tottenham

    We are under way at Vicarage Road...

  49. 'Kane not for sale'

    Watford v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Harry Kane

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says 22-year-old striker Harry Kane is not for sale at any price.

    Kane scored twice in Saturday's 3-0 win over Norwich to reach 11 Premier League goals this season and 27 for 2015, breaking Teddy Sheringham's club record for league goals in a calendar year.

    Last term the England man scored 31 times in all competitions during a breakthrough campaign at senior level.

    "There is no price. No-one can buy him," said Pochettino. "He is not for sale. There is not a value because it is impossible to put a price."

  50. 'We train thinking we can win'

    Watford v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Quique Sanchez Flores

    Watford's form might be a surprise to some but not to Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores, whose side drew 2-2 at Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    "We are always thinking we can win," he said. "We train thinking that we can win. That is our mentality.

    "I am really happy because I am not surprised, and the squad is not surprised, when we draw at Chelsea.

    "Maybe some players are a little bit angry to only draw as they feel in the second half we had opportunities, so my job now is to say to them, 'it was a good result, Chelsea have really good players' and try to give value to the draw."

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    Alistair Mann

    MOTD commentator at Vicarage Road

    "While Leicester City's stunning achievements so far this season have understandably grabbed the headlines, Watford's excellent start to the campaign puts them second in the 'surprise team of the season' table.

    "Their current five-match unbeaten run has taken them to within 11 points of the 40-point barrier, the holy grail for any promoted side. For the Hornets' more optimistic fans, though, it's also put them three points off the Champions League places in which opponents Spurs currently reside.

    "Both sides have in-form strikers too, Odion Igahlo for the hosts, Harry Kane for the visitors, which adds even greater intrigue to a meeting of two teams whose self-belief and confidence couldn't be higher."

  53. A sticky situation

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    Watford v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Watford are in danger of stealing Leicester's limelight, they have a real goal threat and are one of a few teams playing 4-4-2. But they have picked up more points away from home then at home this season.

    Tottenham are looking good but the way the league is now, if you win three games people start talking about the title! It happened with Liverpool the other week. Tottenham won't win the league but they do look like Champions League contenders. They have only lost two games but they draw too many. They look like signing a striker in January in case Harry Kane falls over and that could be a shrewd move.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-2

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    There is no need to scream your prediction at your computer any more - you can have your say using our Predictor.

    There is a league table for how fans of each club are doing prediction-wise this season and you can also see whether your predictions are better than Mark Lawrenson's.

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  57. Team news

    Watford v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Watford make two changes from the draw at Chelsea on Boxing Day. Defenders Ikechi Anya and Nathan Ake replace Allan Nyom and Jose Holebas.

    Watford XI: Gomes, Anya, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.

    Watford line-up

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino make three changes from the Boxing Day win over Norwich. Right-back Kieran Trippier, left-back Danny Rose and midfielder Tom Carroll come in for Kyle Walker, Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Carroll, Alli, Lamela, Kane.

    Tottenham line-up
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    Watford v Tottenham 15:00 GMT

    Watford have become one of the success stories of the season under manager Quique Sanchez Flores. The Hornets - in their first season back in the top flight - are seventh in the Premier League and just three points off the top four Champions League qualifying spots.

    Tottenham, meanwhile, are fourth with their hopes and credentials of securing Champions League football growing stronger with each week.

    Something has to give at Vicarage Road - let's see what it is.

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