Tottenham vs Watford: Son back in for Spurs

first_imgTottenham play host to Watford on Wednesday in the Premier League, which Mauricio Pochettino has unashamedly made his priority this season.Exits from both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup over the course of the last week have not fazed the Argentine, whose goal is simply to guide Spurs back into the Champions League courtesy of a top-four finish.His team currently lie third, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game more, but with injury problems mounting, can they maintain their momentum against opponents who have quietly established themselves into the top half of the table? 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UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Wanyama Forwards Llorente, Son Tottenham go into this encounter without two of their most important players: Harry Kane has been ruled out until March with an ankle problem while Dele Alli is forecast to be out for a similar timeframe.Ben Davies picked up a problem at the weekend that will rule him out but Moussa Sissoko will be able to feature.Son Heung-Min will start from the outset, despite playing three times for South Korea in the Asian Cup in the last fortnight.Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen; Son, Llorente. Position Watford players Goalkeepers Foster, Gomes, Dahlberg Defenders Femenia, Mariappa, Kabasele, Holebas, Cathcart, Britos, Wilmot, Prodl, Masina, Janmaat, Navarro Midfielders Cleverley, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra, Chalobah, Doucoure, Quina Forwards Deeney, Deulofeu, Success, Gray, Penaranda Watford boss Javi Gracia made 11 changes to his team for Saturday’s FA Cup match against Newcastle, which they won 2-0. He has now made widespread changes again, with only Craig Cathcart, Daryl Janmaat and Will Hughes retaining their places. Kiko Femenia and Abdoulaye Doucoure are both still on the sidelines.Watford starting XI: Foster; Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Cleverley, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney, DeulofeuBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are 8/13 favourites to win this match at bet365. A draw can be backed at 31/10, while Watford are 5/1 outsiders.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2018On the face of things, it’s not been a good week for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. They were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Chelsea last Thursday then crashed out of the FA Cup three days later courtesy of a 2-0 loss against Crystal Palace.Manager Mauricio Pochettino, though, is unflustered by those defeats. He has long maintained that his success or failure with Spurs will be judged on their league and European performance and stuck by those guns after the club’s opportunity of silverware this season was likely ended.“Again, we’re going to have the debate whether a trophy will take the club to the next level,” he said after the Palace defeat.“I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”He is a manager who believes in stability and consistency, which has been outlined by the club’s transfer policy over the last year. They did not sign anyone in the summer and are poised to do likewise in January unless there is a dramatic shift over the coming hours.Pochettino, though, believes that the long-term prospects look very bright, particularly because of the construction of the new stadium, the opening of which has been persistently pushed back and leaves them renting out Wembley for home matches.This is simply a hiccup along the way, according to the Argentine.“Do I see a point where Tottenham are at the same level as Real Madrid? In the future, of course,” he told the media on Tuesday, doing his best to scotch rumours that he could leave for the Spaniards in the process.“It’s all about believing and building your history.“It’s difficult, but that’s normal when you want to compete with these big sides. But I think Tottenham is going to have the infrastructure to one day be a club that can be a contender for every single title.”Watford, meanwhile, have worked their way to ninth in the Premier League off the back of a six-game undefeated run, while only Chelsea have beaten them in their last 10.Like Spurs, they are channelling their energies towards as strong a league finish as possible and will be doing everything to upset their opponents’ Champions League challenge.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed Shami

first_img Next advertisement commentary No data available! scorecard India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 12:03 IST Mohammed Shami hat-trick gave India a winning edge over Afghanistan (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia successfully defended a below-par total of 224 vs Afghanistan on SaturdayMohammed Shami picked up a hat-trick in the final over of Afghanistan’s chaseShami and Jasprit Bumrah combined to help India survive a massive scareIndia bowlers helped the former champions seal 2 points in a last-over thriller against Afghanistan at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday.Opting to bat first, India managed only 224 in 50 overs as Afghanistan spinners put the brakes on the scoring rate on a sluggish Rose Bowl pitch in Southampton. Holding their nerves, the India bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, shot Afghanistan out for 213 and helped India survive a massive scare.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsMohammed Shami was the star of the show for India in Southampton as he picked up a hat-trick in the final over. Shami, who was playing his first World Cup 2019 match on Saturday after replacing an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, picked up 3 wickets, including that of half-centurion Mohammad Nabi, in the final over wherein Afghanistan needed 16 runs.Shami hit the timber twice in the last over, sending Indian fans at The Rose Bowl into a tizzy. The Bengal pacer finished with figures of 4 for 40 in 9.5 overs as he combined with pace bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah as India flaunted their bowling firepower with a strong show vs Afghanistan.”It is a very good feeling. Taking a hat-trick is a big thing and doing it at World Cup stage is even better,” Shami told after the match-winning spell.Shami added: “There were 16 runs to defend in the final over. I thought it was enough for me. Afghanistan needed 21-22 (21) from the last 2 overs.Shami also said he trusted Bumrah to make his job easier by being miserly in the penultimate over. Bumrah, who had turned things around by removing well-set Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah in the 29th over, gave away just 5 runs when Afghanistan needed 21 runs in the last 2 overs.advertisement”I trusted you that you won’t give away a lot [in the 49th over]. From inside, I believed 16 runs was enough for me. I got the opportunity to execute my plans. If it had been anything less than that, then I would have found it difficult to execute plans,” Shami added.PACE SPECIAL: @Jaspritbumrah93 & @MdShami11 discuss #TeamIndia’s bowling heroics against Afghanistan & that very special Shami hat-trick – Interview by @RajalAroraFull video link (@BCCI) June 23, 2019″Enjoyed my bowling with Jasprit Bumrah at the other end. We started well. We gave away a bit of runs in the middle overs. But I had the belief we would pull things back in the last 10 overs.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India had faith in death bowlers, says Kedar JadhavAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow ICC World Cup 2019 India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed ShamiICC Cricket World Cup: Mohammed Shami became only the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma in 1987 to pick up a hat-trick in World Cups. The India pacer shone with the ball as Virat Kohli’s men defended 224 successfully against Afghanistan on Saturday. view more view less graphslast_img read more