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.

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Spoils split

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  • Watford tops Palace in shots, 14-6
  • Zaha involved in two PK shouts
  • One of 2 PL matches on Saturday

Cagey sides Watford and Crystal Palace each picked up a point from a nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Palace moves six points clear of the drop zone, while Watford is nine above 18th.

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Stefano Okaka headed a Troy Deeney cross off the cross bar in the fourth minute.

The match boiled over as Abdoulaye Doucoure, already booked, shoved Wilfried Zaha after the Ivorian hit the deck in the box after a 50/50 with Christian Kabasele.

Deeney hit a low drive into Wayne Hennessey‘s mitts as three minutes of first half stoppage began at Vicarage Road.

The second half snapped to life around the hour mark, and Luka Milivojevic whipped a free kick off the cross bar.

Zaha saw a 63rd minute yellow card for diving in a scrum of Watford bodies in what could’ve easily been a penalty for the Eagles.

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Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford: Ince strikes late

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  • Three total shots on target
  • Ince puts Town’s only one in the goal
  • Terries now seven clear

Tom Ince‘s stoppage time goal was Huddersfield Town’s only shot on target, but they won’t care after picking up a potentially huge 1-0 win over Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

The win boosts the Terriers into 14th place, seven points clear of the drop. Watford is in 12th, three ahead of Town.

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Town’s Rajiv Van la Parra had the first real chance of the game deflected over the bar for what would be an unsuccessful corner kick.

Abdoulaye Doucoure had a strong strike deflected past the reach of Jonas Lossl, who might’ve just had the post covered as the ball skittered into the side netting.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure issues come-and-get-me plea

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Abdoulaye Doucoure isn’t beating about the bush, is he?

The Watford central midfielder has dazzled in the Premier League this season with his driving runs from midfield and he is the Hornets’ top goalscorer with seven goals.

That form has alerted the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham with a $56 million pricetag slapped on his head by Watford.

Speaking to French outlet Canal Plus, Doucoure had the following to say when asked about moving to Liverpool in the future.

“Liverpool is a club that needs no introduction. I was impatient to play there at Anfield,” Doucoure said. “I wanted to feel the atmosphere. For me it would be a dream to play for a club like this. I am grateful to Watford, I have the confidence of this club, it is the one who revealed [the Premier League] to me. If there is an offer, we will discuss to find the best solution. Everyone wants to play in the Champions League, the big competitions.”

Well. Okay then.

With Watford in a very respectable 10th place in the Premier League right now, they won’t be playing in the Champions League anytime soon. So Doucoure will be pushing hard for a move away from Vicarage Road this summer.

In many ways he reminds you of Patrick Vieira. A tall, powerful central midfielder who launches into tackles but is just as adept at starting attacks and dictating the tempo of games.

With Emre Can rumored to be on his way to Juventus this summer, as Liverpool’s German international only has a contract at Anfield until July 1, Doucoure could slot into that hole perfectly.

Like Arsenal, Liverpool have long needed a true midfield destroyer to break up the play. Doucoure fits the bill, but will Liverpool, or any other top PL club for that matter, foot the bill for his services?

Watford paid just $13.1 million for Doucoure in 2016 before loaning him to sister club Granada. He has flourished this season in the PL, but is that enough for the big boys to spend big to sign him?

Report: Man United keen on signing Doucoure

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Manchester United is said to be keen on bringing Watford’s French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure to Old Trafford in the summer.

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Doucoure, 25, is Watford’s top goalscorer with seven goals this season with the box-to-box midfielder impressing mightily throughout the campaign and adored by the Hornets faithful.

United are said to be one of a string of PL clubs keeping a close eye on Doucoure, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham also said to be interested.

Does Jose Mourinho need another combative central midfielder?

He already has Nemanja Matic, who of course is more defensive minded after only scoring his first goal in a United shirt this Monday against Crystal Palace. As for Mourinho’s other central midfield options, Ander Herrera seems to be on the periphery, while Michael Carrick is set to retire and move onto the coaching staff, Marouane Fellaini looks likely to leave when his contract is up in the summer and youngster Scott McTominay is also another option.

But what about Paul Pogba? This link to Doucoure could in fact suggest that United are ready to offload the Frenchman this summer with Mourinho recently leaving Pogba out of his starting lineup amid criticism of his displays and attitude.

Doucoure is very much a Mourinho player with the towering Frenchman six-foot tall. He provides driving runs from central midfield as well as having a fine positional sense. The former Rennes and Granada midfielder is said to be available for around $55 million, which is five times what Watford paid for him to Rennes before loaning him out to Granada.