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Spurs should be wary of Watford threat, says Doucoure

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has warned Tottenham his side's win over West Brom shows what they can do when they have nothing to lose.

The Hornets head to White Hart Lane on Saturday buoyed by a 2-0 win over the Baggies as M'Baye Niang's stunning strike opened the scoring before Troy Deeney added a second after half-time.

Victory moved Watford up to ninth in the table, 10 points clear of the relegation zone, and they now turn their attention to Spurs, who are desperately trying to close the gap on Chelsea.

Tottenham first travel to struggling Swansea on Wednesday when the Blues play host to Manchester City.

While Mauricio Pochettino's men are embroiled in the title race, Doucoure says Watford can play with freedom this weekend, having all but secured their safety in the top flight.

"Tottenham is a very strong team and will put up a very good fight against us," Doucoure sad.

"But we have won two games (in a row) and I think we have to go there with confidence to try to win away.

"The pressure is on Tottenham. Now we are ninth we don't have a chance to be relegated and Tottenham fight for the title.

"The pressure is on them, we have nothing to lose and have to play free like against West Brom. If we can do that you can see what we can do."

Watford are struggling in defence ahead of the clash after Miguel Britos was sent off with 25 minutes left against West Brom and will now serve a suspension.

Britos' absence is an even bigger blow given fellow centre-half Sebastian Prodl hobbled off shortly before half-time and Younes Kaboul picked up a hamstring strain against Sunderland last weekend.

Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri confirmed all three would miss the trip to Spurs, but Doucoure believes Adrian Mariappa can fill the void.

"Mariappa came on against West Brom and did a very good game," Doucoure said.

"We have a lot of injuries, but the squad has 25 players and you need every player. Mariappa did very well so I think we will be OK for Tottenham."

West Brom, meanwhile, stay eighth after failing to build on their hard-fought draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

Tony Pulis named an unchanged side and James Morrison believes the energy expended at Old Trafford may have been a factor at Vicarage Road.

"It was a tough game against Manchester United and then coming here against a tough team - that might have been a factor," said Morrison, who came on as a second-half substitute.

"But we can't make any excuses really. We're professional players and know what we have to do. Maybe on Saturday there will be a few more changes but it's not my decision."


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