Match Preview: Spurs Vs Watford


Tottenham striker Harry Kane has recovered from the ankle injury that has ruled him out of the past three games and could start against Watford.

Kane, 23, has not played since the FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall on 12 March.

Watford’s Miguel Britos starts a two-match ban, and fellow defenders Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl are injured.

Midfielders Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami, and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes are all fitness doubts.

On England international Kane, who has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday: “We’ll see tomorrow whether he will start the game or be on the bench.”

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains a doubt because of illness. His deputy Michel Vorm will have a knee injury assessed, so Pau Lopez is on standby to make his debut. Midfielder Victor Wanyama may also return after a back injury.

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri says striker Troy Deeney and midfielders Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucoure are “very fatigued”.

Defender Christian Kabasele is back in contention after two months out with a hip problem.


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on the late win over Swansea: “If you compare Chelsea and Tottenham over the last 10 years, it is true Chelsea won more titles.

“But to create that winning mentality it is about this type of game.

“We believe and never give up, we always try and we were always pushing.”

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri: “I signed a three-year contract and it is clear I want to stay. My experience is that the first year is more difficult and the second is easier.

“The squad know your philosophy and the players who come after that will have an advantage, because players will be able to help them.

“There are two things we need to see before the season ends: we need a winning mentality, then we will see for next season who wants to stay in the squad.”

(BBC Sport)

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