Struggling Tottenham Hotspur hosted bottom of the table Watford as both sides looked to find a positive result that would lift some of the gloom surrounding their respective starts to the season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been a beleaguered force since the start of the season, with their ageing squad looking ever like they are no longer willing to go the full distance for the Argentine manager. Even with some impressive transfer business done, their results have been indifferent as the squad has looked stale and in need of a further overhaul. The underlying numbers do not point towards a team that is going to see a dramatic upturn in fortune any time soon.

Watford came into the fixture winless in their first nine games and rooted to the bottom of the table, having already changed managers as Quique Sanches Flores returned to the club for his second spell in charge of the Hornets. Despite propping the table up, the underlying numbers do not suggest a team that is playing particularly poorly, with xG and xGA data suggesting a team that looks more mid-table than relegation contenders. Unlike Spurs, this points to a team that can expect an upturn in fortune to come along shortly.

This tactical analysis will detail what was a fascinating fixture in North London, with a vital three points on offer for two struggling teams.

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