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Spurs head to Watford on Sunday on the back of one of the most positive Premier League results in their history.

Admittedly, very few would have anticipated that Vicarage Road would be playing host to a top-of-the-table clash, even at this early stage in the season.

Watford and Spurs have gathered maximum points from their three games thus far, matching Liverpool and Chelsea.

Perfect records they may have, but Spurs are still hot favourites at 1.64 for this one, even on their travels. Watford are 5.65 to halt Mauricio Pochettino’s team in their stride and the draw is 4.25.

Spurs aiming to continue brilliant record

Having Spurs favourites is right. They haven’t lost a competitive match to Watford since 1993 and will be buzzing after Monday’s impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

That was a result heralded by Pochettino afterwards as a big statement and rightly lauded by Tottenham fans.

They now must come and show they’ll repeat the trick at the less glamourous surroundings of Vicarage Road.

They’ve got an excellent record to back them up, having have won nine of their last ten matches against Watford in all competitions. Harry Kane has started the season much better than we’ve been used to in the past and Spurs are looking sharp.

Hornets out to sting

However, Watford won’t make it easy on their visitors and a 2-1 win over Spurs at 9.00 is an appealing bet.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia rightfully exclaimed that his team had achieved something special when they made it three wins from three by beating Crystal Palace last Sunday. They’ve since overcome Reading in the Carabao Cup and are flying high.

Manchester United showed you can unsettle Spurs by getting in their faces during the opening exchanges at Old Trafford on Monday. The usual crisp passing and movement was absent and Tottenham didn’t look like they’d run out 3-0 winners.

Moura the man for Spurs

Kane’s goal changed all that but the influence of Lucas Moura cannot be understated.

It has taken the Brazilian some time to settle after arriving from Paris St-Germain in January but what a threat he now looks. His pace, direct running and eye for goal will be a huge concern for Watford. Moura is on the crest of a wave now and is available at 6.50 to score first against Watford and complete a fine week.

If Watford are going to ask serious questions of Spurs, then Roberto Pereyra is likely to be involved. He has already bagged three goals this season and is always a danger in the final third. The 4.75 on Pereyra scoring anytime is worth a look if you are considering hopping in with the home team.

Is something going to give?

Given the impressive early season form of both teams, there might be a temptation to sit on the fence here from a betting perspective.

They’ve each won their three games but both Spurs and Watford have allowed their opponents to score in two of those outings. This can be an open affair and both teams to score is priced at 1.74.