Tottenham Hotspur continue their pursuit of an unlikely Premier League upset on Saturday as they host a Watford side coming off two consecutive wins.
Tottenham can do no wrong at the moment and, with five consecutive wins, are undoubtedly the league's form team. Sadly for their long-suffering fans, however, this season appears destined to be a repeat of 2016/17's perpetual chase of league leaders Leicester City who simply refused to slip up.
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino's side will be looking to keep the pressure on Chelsea, whose crucial 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday ensured that the gap between the leaders and runners-up remained at a not insignificant seven points.
Spurs' devastating form is unfortunately not Watford's only obstacle in their bid to tighten their grip on a top-half finish. Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is facing a severe crisis in defence, with Miguel Britos now joining a sizable injury-list consisting mainly of the club's center-backs.
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Whether a second-string defence will be able to keep a potent Spurs attack at bay remains to be seen, but with the form shown by Christian Eriksen and Vincent Janssen against Swansea, and the likely return of Harry Kane, it seems unlikely.
The Hornets boss bemoaned the state of his squad in a press conference.
"Against Tottenham, we are always in an emergency," he said. "Britos was important because Kaboul and Prodl were injured and we do not have a defence now."
His opposite number confirmed that Harry Kane will be in the squad and may well get some game time.
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"Today he [Kane] was involved with the team and we'll see tomorrow if I decide that he starts the game or if he will be on the bench but the good news is he is ready and he feels good, fully recovered and I think it is very good news, first of all for him, and then for us," Pochettino told reporters.
Team news is that Spurs will miss Harry Winks(ankle) while Victor Wanyama is likely to return following his absence from the squad that travelled to Swansea on Tuesday.
In addition to Britos(suspension), the visitors are also without Younes Kaboul(hamstring) and Sebastian Prodl(rib).