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Friday Hoddle of Coffee, Soccer News and Links, April 7, 2017

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Ex-Spurs players (probably) can’t hurt us this weekend!

Millwall v Watford - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Good news! After playing a team that featured four ex-Spurs players, one of whom I forgot to mention in my counter-jinx Hoddle on Wednesday (and who then, of course, scored), Spurs are unlikely to face any ex-Spurs this weekend against Watford.

It’s not because the Hornet Mooses lack ex-Spurs players in their squad. But with Heurehlo Gomes, Etienne Capoue, and Younes Kaboul all likely to miss due to injury, Spurs (hopefully) don’t have to worry about any of Watford’s ex-Tottenham players hurting them. Of course, it’s Spurs so #AnythingIsPossible but, hey, a guy can hope.

Several other key Watford players could be out as well including defenders Sebastian Prodl (doubtful), Miguel Britos (suspended), and Valon Behrami (doubtful). Moreover, manager Walter Mazzarri says that midfielders Tom Cleverely and Abdoulaye Doucare and star man Troy Deeney are “very fatigued.” Roberto Pereyra, Mauro Zarate, and Ben Watson are also out of the match.

Of course, one way of looking at this is “if we’re going for Peak Stupid Spurs this will be the match we lose.” But, then, that’s what we said going into Swansea and what I, at least, was saying right up until Dele’s equalizer. So... who knows?

Do you want to see us back in the 3-5-2 today or are you still feeling OK about the 4-2-3-1? For me, I’m good with any plan that involves “Not Starting Moussa Sissoko.” If I had to pick one, I’d say let’s do the 4-2-3-1 Dierbele midfield with Son, Dele, and Eriksen playing off Jansen. How about you?