Kane closing in on early return


Spurs now have 68 points with a game in hand while Chelsea are on 72 points. Now nearly certainly safe from relegation at 37 points, nine above the drop zone, the Hornets have grabbed two consecutive victories and will invade the Lane feeling no pressure - and knowing that all of the pressure is on Spurs, at least according to Watford's French midfielder Aboulaye Doucoure, who says that his side comes into the game with "nothing to lose".

Spurs made it six league victories on the spin with a dominant showing to maintain the heat on leaders Chelsea.

The Hornets' 2-0 midweek win over West Brom leaves them tenth in the table and, barring a spectacular collapse, safe from relegation. Josh King scored his 13th league goal of the season in response.

England colleague Eric Dier and Son Heung-min joined in the fun with similarly emphatic strikes from outside the box, although Watford boss Walter Mazzarri will lament poor closing down on the first and third Spurs goals.

Earlier this week Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said while there was an "expectation" at his club they would be title-contenders, it would "not be a disaster" for Tottenham if they yet again missed out on lifting the Premier League trophy.

"We're second and the gap now is four but Chelsea have one game more to play".

"Watford began with great energy, substantial motivation to play against us, and also to be patient was clearly one of the keys". Watford have gone W1-D1-L7 in their nine most recent road games, failing to score in five of their last seven. "I don't know what is necessary to win the league, maybe a bit of luck, but I think this group has massive quality and is very special".

Spain Under-21s star Lopez could be in for his Spurs debut then, with Pochettino backing the 22-year-old, who is on loan from Espanyol, to be ready for first-team action. It is not about who plays, it is about playing for Tottenham at every opportunity.

Harry Kane has recovered from his ankle injury and could even start Tottenham's English Premier League clash with Watford today.

Tottenham's 11th consecutive home league win and seventh league victory in which they have scored at least four goals put them on 68 points and had Pochettino purring.

Spurs have been on a fantastic run of form, winning six matches in a row in all competitions, and winning seven of their last ten Premier League matches.

"We'll see whether he will start the game or be on the bench".

He also set up Son for what should have been a hat-trick but he shot agonisingly wide hitting the crossbar with a first-time shot from Trippier's pass.