Watford vs Tottenham LIVE!
Spurs face their final pre-season run out on this afternoon as they travel to Vicarage Road.
It’s been three wins from three for Jose Mourinho’s team so far, with new signings Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart all handed debuts ahead of the start of the Premier League season next week.
Tottenham XI: Hart, Aurier, Sanchez, Carter-Vickers, Cirkin, White, Ndombele, Alli, Lamela, Lucas, Son
With kick-off at 3pm BST, follow all the action LIVE!
Here we go!
The players have made heir ways out to the pitch and we’re about to get underway!
It’s now only 10 minutes until we get underway at Vicarage Road.
Despite the abundance of players away on international duty, Jose Mourinho has named a strong line-up for Spurs’ final pre-season game.
Of course, it’s only pre-season, but there’s plenty of players out there with a point to prove.
With Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso all absent, the likes of Alli, Ndombele, Lucas and Lamela will all want to send Mourinho a message.
As will Joe Hart, who starts ahead of Gazzaniga once more.
Dier: Alli form has got me excited
Dele Alli also returns to the starting XI, having played just the second half against Birmingham – which, of course, came just 24 hours the Reading game.
The midfielder was exceptional both against Ipswich and Reading, with team-mate Eric Dier subsequently exclaiming his excitement to see Alli’s performances.
“He’s got me excited with the way he played [against Reading],” he said.
“I really enjoyed seeing the way he played, his energy, his work-rate in and out of possession was fantastic, great goal as well.
“He’s got a lot to prove and I’m excited. It excites me to see that kind of Dele, he has fantastic quality and if he plays like he did today he will be in a very good place.”
Can Son continue to shine in pre-season?
Heung-min Son leads the line today in place of the absent Harry Kane, who will play for England tonight in their Nations League match against Iceland.
The South Korean has looked in fine form during pre-season, scoring three goals in two games against Ipswich and Reading.
Son returns to the starting line-up after he was brought on with 20 minutes remaining against Birmingham.
Jose Mourinho will be desperate to see one of his most important players continue to look sharp today.
There may be a number of players away on international duty, but Mourinho has put out a very, very strong team out against Watford!
The eyes are instantly drawn to Tanguy Ndombele, who gets his first minutes of pre-season.
As does Davinson Sanchez, who is joined by Serge Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Denis Cirkin.
Interestingly, it’s Joe Hart who’s once again prefered to Paulo Gazzaniga in goal.
Finally, it’s a fearsome front four of Lamela, Lucas, Alli and Son.
Tottenham team news
Starting XI: Hart, Aurier, Sanchez, Carter-Vickers, Cirkin, White, Ndombele, Alli, Lamela, Lucas, Son (c)
Subs: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Bowden, Clarke, Marsh, Okedina, Devine, Scarlett
We’re just waiting on the Spurs team news to drop – we’ll bring it to you as soon as we have it…
Watford team news
Starting XI: Bachmann, Kabasele, Wilmot, Dawson, Ngakia, Chalobah, Dele-Bashiru, Estupiñán, Cleverley (C), Quina, Gray
Subs: Parkes, Sierralta, Navarro, Agyakwa, Stevenson, Phillips, Crichlow, João Pedro, Peñaranda, Murray
Will Joe Hart start from the off once more?
After making cameos against both Ipswich and Reading, Joe Hart was handed his first start in a Spurs shirt against Birmingham.
Another start would perhaps provide an indication of who Jose Mourinho considers his number two behind Hugo Lloris.
Team news coming soon
We’ll have the team news with you in around 20 minutes. As stated, we’re expecting a mixture of youth and experience today.
It will be interesting to see how many minutes the likes of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura get ahead of next Sunday’s Premier League start, however.
A number of players away on international duty
Though just a week until the Premier League starts, Spurs will have to balance experience with youth against Watford with a number of players away on international duty.
Jose Mourinho will therefore look to provide a good mix of youth and first-team starts, with the likes of Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Joe Hart available.
There has been ample opportunity to shine for Harvey White, Jack Clarke and Denis Cirkin throughout pre-season, with the latter expected to start today.
The story of pre-season so far
Tottenham’s match against Watford today will be their fourth of pre-season after a quick turn-around following the 2019/20 Premier League conclusion.
Jose Mourinho’s side have a 100 per cent record so far, having beaten Ipswich, Reading and Birmingham with an aggregate score of 8-1.
Spurs kicked off their pre-season with a 3-0 win over Ipswich thanks to two goals from Heung-min Son and one from Ryan Sessegnon.
A 4-1 win against Reading followed as Son was joined on the scoresheet by Dele Alli and Erik Lamela.
A last-gasp Steven Bergwijn stunner sealed a hard-fought win over Birmingham last time out.
Tottenham face Watford in final pre-season match
Tottenham face Watford this afternoon in their final match of pre-season, their first away from their state-of-the-art stadium.
Having been relegated from the Premier League last season, Watford represent the most familiar opposition for Spurs, having played Ipswich, Reading and Birmingham.
It’s just over a week now until Jose Mourinho begins his first season at the club with a home match against Everton!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport‘s LIVE coverage of Tottenham’s final pre-season friendly.
Jose Mourinho takes his Spurs side to Vicarage Road for their last test before the start of the new Premier League season.
How to watch
TV channel: The match is not being shown on UK TV.
Live stream: Saturday’s game will be available via Watford’s Hive Live service, at a cost of £5.
Tottenham XI: Hart, Aurier, Sanchez, Carter-Vickers, Cirkin, White, Ndombele, Alli, Lamela, Lucas, Son (c)