Dele, Kane score as Spurs beat Watford

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  • Dele, Kane score
  • Spurs eye third place
  • Watford stays 13th

Tottenham Hotspur earned some breathing room in the Top Four race with a 2-0 win over Watford at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored for Spurs, who are a point back of second place Liverpool and have a match-in-hand on the Reds. Chelsea is five back of Tottenham and four behind Liverpool.

Watford is now winless in its last seven Premier League matches, and sits six points clear of 18th place Southampton.

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An unremarkable quarter hour gave way to Dele’s fitting opener, as Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis fumbled a catch to Christian Eriksen. The Dane passed to Dele, who calmly slotted low into the goal.

Watford came close to leveling the score when ex-Spurs man Etienne Capoue slid Andre Gray on goal, but the English striker’s less-than-perfect low effort was saved by Hugo Lloris.

The Frenchman made a save on a breaking Richarlison in the 44th minute, and then rushed out of his  box to slide the ball away from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

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While the Hornets made it to the break down one, the deficit expanded less than three minutes into the second half.

Heung-Min Son‘s pass was behind a slipping Harry Kane, but the English striker righted himself to pot Kieran Trippier‘s square ball back into the mixer.

Kane would later have a goal disallowed, while Moussa Sissoko skied a 90th minute effort over the bar from inside the 18.

Lloris made a fine stop deep in stoppage time to preserve the clean sheet.

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There’s plenty on the line today as Tottenham hosts Watford in Monday’s line Premier League action (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Spurs sit just two points ahead of Chelsea for the final UEFA Champions League slot, and a win would overturn a three-game slide the club is on. Watford, on the other hand, sit six points above 18th place-Southampton and the drop zone, and a win would likely secure their participation in the Premier League next season.

Hugo Lloris returns to goal for Spurs with Toby Alderweireld back on the bench. Meanwhile, Andre Gray also makes his return to the starting lineup for the Hornets, who have Olivier Daucoure and Etienne Capoue, both French internationals, in the way of Tottenham’s midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

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Last time out, Watford drew Spurs, 1-1 at Vicarage Road. Another result like that will be a bonus to Javi Gracia‘s side.

LINEUPS

Tottenham: Lloris (C); Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Aurier, Sissoko, Wanyama, Lamela, Lucas

Watford: Karnezis; Mariappa (C), Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Femenía, Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

Subs: Gomes (GK), Britos, Janmaat, Carrillo, Deulofeu, Sinclair, Deeney.

West Ham 2-0 Watford: Hammers ease to victory

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  • Hernandez, Arnautovic score
  • West Ham move to 30 points, level with Watford
  • Hammers bounce back from Brighton defeat

West Ham United beat Watford 2-0 at London Stadium on Saturday with goals in each half from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic doing the damage.

Hernandez nodded home in the first half, while the brilliant Arnautovic poked home late on to seal the win.

With the three points the Hammers move level on 30 points with Watford as David Moyes continues to win over his doubters and lead West Ham towards Premier League safety.

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Adrian Mariappa went close early on for Watford as the away team settled well.

At the other end Marko Arnautvoic (sporting a new blonde hairdo) wriggled free in the box, and had a shout for a penalty kick, then Joao Mario’s shot was saved well down low by Karnezis.

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The Hammers continued to look the more likely to score as Hernandez had a header chalked off for being offside. It was a close call but Mexico’s all-time leading

Etienne Capoue shot after Troy Deeney went down in the box, at the other end Arnautovic hit straight at the goalkeeper from close range but the Hammers did go ahead before the break.

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Michail Antonio‘s left wing cross found Hernandez at the back post and he got away from his marker, Marvin Zeegelaar, before he nodded home.

In the second half Watford did plenty of pressing and Gerard Deulofeu went close with a free kick which Adrian saved well.

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At the other end Hernandez broke free but was twice denied by Karnezis and then Arnautovic capped up his fine display by poking home from close range after Watford failed to clear Aaron Cresswell‘s cross.

Game. Set. Match.

Watford 4-1 Chelsea: Bakayoko’s early red dooms woeful Blues

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  • Bakayoko sent off 30 minutes in for 2nd yellow
  • Troy Deeney scored from the spot
  • Chelsea conceded three times in the final 10 minutes

Life comes at you fast.

Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after a half-hour, and while it appeared Eden Hazard had rescued the Blues after a mostly woeful performance, Chelsea ultimately could see it over the line, conceding three times in the final nine minutes plus stoppage time to fall to Watford for the first time since 1999.

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Bakayoko, who has struggled mightily since moving to Chelsea from Monaco over the summer, had a horror first-half, and it only lasted just over a half-hour before he was sent to the showers. The 23-year-old was booked 25 minutes in for a foul on Etienne Capoue, and just five minutes later a heavy touch got away from him. In his reckless effort to win the ball back, he stepped over the ball and caught Richarlison with a nasty stomp, earning a deserved second booking and reducing Chelsea to 10 men before halftime.

Antonio Conte was forced to sacrifice Willian to shore up the midfield in Bakayoko’s absence, bringing on Cesc Fabregas four minutes after the red card. Watford was still able to possess the ball with more ferocity, and they earned the game’s opening goal as debutant Gerard Deulofeu was fouled in the box by Thibaut Courtois. Troy Deeney scored from the spot, and the Hornets went ahead just before the halftime break.

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Chelsea showed more intent in the second half despite their disadvantage, but it was Watford that had the best chance before the hour mark, with Deulofeu popping up in a dangerous spot again off a corner to fire a shot from outside the top of the box that just skipped wide right.

Conte brought Olivier Giroud on for his Blues debut, but only after Pedro was withdrawn after being injured in the 63rd minute, adding to the significant Chelsea injury list with Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen already struggling with fitness. Moments later, Abdoulaye Doucore forced an acrobatic save by Courtois as he rifled on net on the break.

Cesc Fabregas had a big chance for Chelsea to pull level with 10 minutes to go after great work from Eden hazard, but his shot was poorly placed directly at Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Chelsea continued to put Watford under pressure, and the equalizer came a minute later. Chelsea superstar Hazard rescued his team as he undressed Adrian Mariappa, cutting inside and slightly backwards before rifling a stunning curler into the far top corner for the equalizer.

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The game began to open up, and Watford went right back in front. Darryl Janmaat put the Hornets ahead again, carving up the Chelsea defense on a give-and-go with substitute Roberto Pereyra, and then Deulofeu sliced and diced on the break to put the game away. Pereyra piled on the Blues misery with a fourth a minute into injury time.

The loss, Chelsea’s second in a row, leaves them vulnerable in fourth just a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. The Blues have won just once in the last five matches. Watford, meanwhile, remains in 11th but pulled within just one of 10th placed Everton.

West Brom 2-2 Watford: Hornets seal dramatic comeback

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  • Rondon, Evans put WBA 2-0 up
  • Doucoure pulled one back for Watford
  • Richarlison scores in stoppage time

West Brom and Watford played out a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday as the Hornets fought back from going 2-0 down early on.

The Baggies led 2-0 thanks to goals from Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans in the first half and were cruising, but Abdoulaye Doucoure made it 2-1 before the break and Richarlison headed home in stoppage time to make it 2-2.

With the battling draw Watford stay unbeaten away from home this season, while West Brom have now gone five games without a win.

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Watford dominated plenty of the ball early on but went 1-0 down with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

Grzegorz Krychowiak played in Rondon and he finished well at the near post to give the Baggies the lead.

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Soon after it was 2-0 as Evans headed home at the back post after a dangerous Kieran Gibbs cross was cleared for a corner. The Baggies were flying.

Watford missed a great chance as Andre Carrillo headed over Richarlison’s powerful shot across goal but soon the Hornets were back in the game. Richarlison broke free and slotted in Doucoure who calmly finished across goal past Ben Foster.

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Buoyed by their goal just before the break, Watford almost equalized early in the second half as  Etienne Capoue‘s shot from the edge of the box deflected off Gareth Barry and flew wide.

Watford continued to do most of the pressing as Richarlison nodded wide but West Brom’s resolute defense held firm to clinch all three points.

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James McClean had a shot blocked as the Baggies almost put the game to bed. And nobody sees out a tight, tense victory quite like a Tony Pulis team…

Or so we thought.

In stoppage time, and with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes up for a free kick, Richarlison popped up to grab a dramatic point for the Hornets as they remain unbeaten in four away games to start the season.