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Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford

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  • Spurs won 4-1 on New Year’s Day
  • Watford last won at WHL in 1994 League Cup
  • Spurs lead all-time 19W-3D-6L

Harry Kane could return for Tottenham Hotspur when the Premier League begins its weekend slate with a 7:30 a.m. EDT kickoff vs. Watford at White Hart Lane on Saturday (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“I haven’t decided yet if he’ll be in the starting 11 or on the bench but the good thing is that he’s back,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

That’s good news, but Tottenham’s performance has meant it’s more a bonus than a relief. Spurs went 3-0 without Kane, scoring multiple goals in wins over Southampton, Burnley and Swansea City.

That last result was marvelous, as Swans scored thrice in the final moments of the match to overcome an early deficit and keep pace with Chelsea in the race for the Premier League crown.

Watford is in a bad way, with suspended Miguel Britos joining Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl as injured defenders. That’s just the back line, as Walter Mazzarri has six key players in doubt for the game and three more ruled out.

What they’re saying

Spurs backstop Michel Vorm on coming back to beat Swans“You see the power of Tottenham: it’s the team and the squad. We just kept on attacking and believing and you’ve seen the strength of our squad, we are a whole team.”

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri on their injury crisis“It’s our destiny. Against Tottenham, we are always in an emergency. Britos was important because Kaboul and Prodl were injured and we do not have a defense now.”

Prediction

It would take a brave soul to bet on Watford to find a point. We’re not that brave. Spurs 4-0.

Lloris out, Vorm in for Spurs; U.S. back Carter-Vickers travels to Florence

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris won’t be between the sticks for Thursday’s Europa League match in Florence, and he may not be ready for the return leg either.

On top of that, Lloris is expected to miss Sunday’s FA Cup match against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.

[ MORE: Europa preview | UCL Tuesday wrap | Wednesday, too]

Michel Vorm will start in goal for Spurs. He played in Tottenham’s Opening Day loss to Manchester United, the League Cup third round loss to Arsenal, and all three FA Cup matches so far (Spurs have 2W-1D).

From TottenhamHotspur.com:

“Bad news – in the last action against Manchester City, Hugo got a knock on his shoulder and is out for tomorrow and maybe out for Sunday,” the Head Coach told Spurs TV today (Wednesday, February 17).

“We’ll see next week if he’s available to play the second leg against Fiorentina.”

With Jan Vertonghen out, United States youth international Cameron Carter-Vickers is off to Italy with the First Team. The 18-year-old was on the bench for an earlier Europa League win over Monaco, and is considered once of the brightest defensive prospects in the U-21 Premier League.

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Walker’s own goal sinks Spurs

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  • Walker’s own goal gives United win
  • 5 players make United debuts
  • De Gea watching on from the stands
  • Eriksen has Spurs’ best chances

MANCHESTER — Louis van Gaal’s side started the season off with a win, as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday in the opening game of the new Premier League season.

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Kyle Walker’s bizarre first half own goal was the difference, as Spurs’ bright start faded but United labored to an opening day win.

Early on Spurs had a great chance to go ahead as Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane combined superbly on the edge of the box in the fifth minute but Eriksen’s delicate lob looped over Romero and onto the top of the net. So close to an early lead for the north London club.

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United struggled early on as Daley Blind and Chris Smalling looked unnerved by Eriksen and Kane, with Walker being denied by Romero bravely in the 17th minute. Against the run of play, United took the lead in the 22nd minute as Ashley Young raced down the right after Nabil Bentaleb was dispossessed then found Rooney unmarked in the box. United’s captain dallied on the ball, but as Walker rushed in to tackle Rooney, Spurs’ right back accidentally got a toe on the ball and sent it past his own goalkeeper Michel Vorm at a snails pace. 1-0 to United in the most unfortunate of circumstances for Spurs. That goal took the wind out of Spurs’ sails and Juan Mata dragged a shot just wide as United pushed for a second before half time.

In the second half Spurs struggled to get going even though Blind was guilty of some poor giveaways on the edge of his own bow. Ryan Mason came on to add drive to midfield but it was United who liked more likely to score as Memphis had a shot sail over and Young forced a good save from Vorm down low.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger made his United debut as a second half sub, becoming the first German to play for the Red Devils in the process, as the former Bayern Munich man was given a standing ovation from the home fans.

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Late on Spurs brought on youngsters Delle Alli to try and break United’s stubborn defense down, but the Red Devils made some changes of their own to see out the game as Antonio Valencia replaced the impressive Matteo Darmian after the Italian international stood out on his debut.

Kane was shackled well by United’s defense, but late on Eriksen had a powerful drive pushed away from Romero as United’s new goalkeeper helped them seal three points on the opening day.

VIDEO: Kyle Walker scores bizarre own goal to give Manchester United opening day lead

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The first goal of the 2015-16 Premier League season may well be played over and over again. For all the wrong reasons.

Watch Tottenham defender Kyle Walker put through his net, as the England international will want to forget about being the opening scorer of the new season.

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United took the lead in the 22nd minute as Ashley Young raced down the right after Nabil Bentaleb was dispossessed, then found Wayne Rooney unmarked in the box. United’s captain dallied on the ball, but as Walker rushed in to tackle Rooney, Spurs’ right back accidentally got a toe on the ball and sent it past his own goalkeeper Michel Vorm at a snails pace. 1-0 to United in the most unfortunate of circumstances for Spurs.

MLS All Stars 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Kaka powers MLS to win

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The MLS All Stars are now 8-4 against club competition after a 2-1 win over visiting Tottenham Hotspur in Colorado on Wednesday.

Kaka and David Villa scored for the All Stars, which built on last year’s 2-1 win against Bayern Munich.

Harry Kane scored for Spurs.

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Kaka converted a penalty kick after Nacer Chadli handled a corner kick, and MLS was off to an early lead.

Then Kaka turned playmaker, as Clint Dempsey turned a Gyasi Zardes cross onto his path, and Villa redirected Kaka’s rip past Michel Vorm to make it 2-0.

Nick Rimando made a pair of big saves to stymy Spurs, none bigger than his 34th minute sliding parry of a Harry Kane redirection.

Kane found his goal moments later, as Matt Besler slipped collecting a pass to spring the English striker on goal. Kane turned his mark into a screen before ripping a shot past Rimando. 2-1, 37′.

The second half began mostly in the All Stars zone, aside from a Kei Kamara breakaway called back for offside.

USMNT wide man DeAndre Yedlin was a 63rd minute sub for Spurs, who could not find an equalizer.