Friday, October 27, 2006

Mind the Gap: The Watford Preview

Watford: Elton John, Luther Blissett, Graham Taylor and that Hoddle goal. These are the things that spring to mind when you think of Watford. They pop up to the top flight every so often and they quietly go back to where they came from without really upsetting anyone. Oh, and they hardly ever need to use their away kit, maybe if they play Norwich or Wolves. The current Watford side are not that bad, and in Aidy Boothroyd and Keith Burkinshaw the former UEFA Cup winning Spurs manager, they are well managed too. Ashley Young is being heralded as a bright young thing, and has looked impressive so far, and in Marlon King they have someone who can put the ball in the back of the net.

Having said all that though this looks like a game to break our away duct in the league this season, and take our unbeaten run to 7 games. Spurs are flying at the moment, confidence is high after beating Besiktas, West Ham and MK Dons all fairly straightforwardly, and Big Martin Jol has a rested Berbatov to bring back, along with the other big boys that didn’t feature on Wednesday night such as King, Chimbonda and Jenas. He now has a selection headache up front; as all four strikers have scored in their last match with Mido leading the way with 3 in his last 2 starts. You would suspect that it would be Keane and Berbatov tomorrow as it was Mido and Defoe on Wednesday, but then who knows, they say you shouldn’t drop an in form striker, and both the latter two seem to have worked themselves into some form.

It should be a good test as to how far this Spurs team has come, as most big teams will regard this as simply 3 points, and so should Spurs if we have ambitions to sit at the top table of English and European football.

Come On You Spurs!

The Waddler.