Watford predicted the line-up against Tottenham Hotspur

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Watford welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Vicarage Road for a Premier League match on New Year’s Day.

The Hornets are in a row with five straight top losses. The club has only lost so many Premier League matches on the spin during the same season twice before (1999/00 and 2016/17) and folds on the edge of the relegation line.

Here is the XI that Claudio Ranieri can choose from his stretched team to stop the rot.

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– Daniel Bachmann (@ DBachmann1) October 21, 2021

Daniel Bachmann (GK) – While Ben Foster has taken surprisingly encouraging steps toward his recovery from a groin strain, the 38-year-old is not really fit enough to replace the understudy that is more than a decade younger.

Kiko Femenia (RB) – Femenia are doubtful about the match after receiving a blow in the middle of the week. Femenia may need to get through the pain barrier given the lack of defensive alternatives at Ranieri’s disposal.

Francisco Sierralta (CB) – In four top matches, the Chile international with ten matches has lost every outing this season.

Craig Cathcart (CB) – The latest scorer of a winning goal for Watford against Tottenham (back in September 2018), the former Hornet who handed Spurs over to defeat was Lee Nogan in 1994.

Adam Masina (LB) – With Danny Rose spared the misery of returning to his former side in the miserable form he has endured this season through injury, Masina’s starting spot is in the division’s worst defense for expected goals conceded (according to FBref).

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– Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) 28 December 2021

Imran Louza (CM) – A member of the Nantes youth team while Ranieri was at the helm of the senior team between 2017 and 2018, Louza did not make his first team debut until the Italian coach left France.

Juraj Kucka (CM) – In the more sensible part of the spectrum of football players’ tattoos, Watford’s summer arrival has a character from the Netflix series Stranger Things printed on his left bet, with the words “Friends Don’t Lie” permanently scrawled over the image of “11”.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) – Watford’s current captain made over 200 appearances in five years for his future opponents, Tottenham.

13 – Only Mo Salah (24) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Emmanuel Dennis (13 – 8 goals, 5 assists). Dennis has either scored or assisted 59% of Watford’s 22 league goals in this promotion. Threat. #WATWHU pic.twitter.com/SbHoyyuF6k

– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2021

Emmanuel Dennis (RW) – One of the few elements in the flagging Watford that shoots full on all cylinders, Ranieri will find out where his side would be without Dennis when he joins Nigeria for AFCON after this match.

Joshua King (ST) – Watford’s number seven has never played more Premier League games against a club without scoring than his 11 goalless games against Spurs.

Joao Pedro (LW) – The youngest player to start a Premier League match for Watford this season may take the position of Cucho Hernandez after replacing the Colombian national team player at half-time of the club’s most recent outing.

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