In the last set of Premier League fixtures before the international break, ​Watford host ​Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road, with both sides looking to maintain their 100% starts to the campaign.

The Hornets have made a rapid start to the Premier League season under Javi Gracia and the Hertfordshire side have looked impressive both home and away. However, their early season mettle will be sorely tested this weekend as the Lilywhites roll into town fresh from a win in Manchester. 

Across the pitch there will be a number of key battles that could determine the contest. Here are four of them…

1. Christian Kabasele vs. Harry Kane

Having emerged from the month of August with Premier League goals to his name for the first time, Harry Kane approaches September and Vicarage Road with the bit between his teeth, before linking up with the Three Lions once more next week.

Christian Kabasele however, will have other ideas. Against Crystal Palace last weekend the Belgian international made an impressive six blocks or tackles together with three interceptions against the Eagles.

Kabasele has been integral to the Hornets’ own unbeaten record this season, and the mobile centre-back will be confident of containing Kane.

2. Etienne Capoue vs. Mousa Dembele

The engine room is where the game will in all possibility be won and lost this weekend.

Whilst Mousa Dembele is arguably the finer craftsman, former Spurs man Etienne Capoue is no slouch and has got off to a solid start again this term. 

Expect some strong tackles to come in from both parties, knowing the difference between possession and interception in this area could be key at Vicarage Road.

3. Roberto Pereyra vs. Kieran Trippier

Two of the most in-form players in the top flight right now face off this weekend. Roberto Pereyra has began this season in electric form with three goals in as many games, and now has the ability to play not at his best and produce the goods.

Kieran Trippier – after a breakthrough World Cup in Russia – followed suit in scoring from a free-kick against Fulham earlier this month, and is becoming one of Europe’s finest dead-ball specialists.

The duo will look horns on the wing this weekend and both has their own strengths and weaknesses. For Trippier, his speed and ability take on a man. For Pereyra his technical nuances that originally caught the eye of the Watford board in bringing the midfield maestro to England. This will be another keenly-fought duel.

4. Troy Deeney vs. Jan Vertonghen

If Kane going up against Kabasele was the game’s biggest attraction, this one comes a close second.

Troy Deeney is perhaps the most bullish of Premier League centre-forwards, but in the past his record against Spurs has not been met with favour.

With a tag-team partner this time around however, Deeney might have more luck, albeit against one of the more formidable defensive partnerships led by Jan Vertonghen who was at his finest against the Red Devils.

The Spurs defence in the knowledge they will not be insured by the presence of Hugo Lloris in goal, may feel that more nervous of a trip to Hertforshire then, which makes this battle even more intriguing.

Source: https://www.90min.com/posts/6159213-4-key-battles-that-could-decide-watford-tottenham-hotspur-s-premier-league-clash-on-sunday?utm_source=RSS