Everton v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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After another painful week for Everton, Watford are the visitors to Goodison Park on Sunday as the Hornets look to bounce back from a couple of losses of their own.

Past Meetings

Last season both sides won at home in this fixture, with Watford taking the first meeting 3-2 before Everton gained their revenge with a 1-0 victory in the return. The season before saw two draws, while the Toffees won six on the bounce before that, scoring 16 goals.

Team News

Cuco Martina misses out for Everton after his awful looking fall against Lyon on Thursday. He joins a host of other players on the treatment table, including fellow defenders Seamus Coleman and Ramires Funes Mori. Last season’s match winner Ross Barkley is still out with a hamstring problem, as is James McCarthy, while Michael Keane is a slight doubt too.

Marco Silva has his own share of injury troubles ahead of this one. Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl are both a couple of weeks away from full fitness after hamstring troubles, while Isaac Success and Craig Cathcart have knee problems. Nathaniel Chalobah continues his rehab from knee surgery, while Troy Deeney is suspended after his slightly deranged attack on Joe Allen.

Everton v Watford Preview and Predictions

There seems to be little respite for Everton at the moment, as the Toffees languish in the relegation zone of a Premier League table they were expected to make a serious impression on this season. Watford meanwhile have been impressive so far, although they were surprisingly beaten by Stoke at home last weekend.

If this was supposed to be David Unsworth’s big audition for the top job at Goodison, then surely there’s little chance of the caretaker boss being awarded the full time role. Everton have now lost five in a row, conceding 14 goals in the process. Only Crystal Palace have conceded more goals than the Blues so far in the Premier League, while only Bournemouth and Palace have scored less. Everton are desperate for a lift, but Watford’s away form has been great this term.

The Hornets have already won three on the road this season, and have picked up twice as many points away from Vicarage Road. There’s no escaping the fact that Deeney’s ban is a blow for Silva’s side though, especially considering the current frailty of the Everton defence. Watford will start this game as underdogs in the betting at 14/5. Everton are available at 6/5, while the draw’s priced at 5/2.

Recommended Bets

Everton to win and both teams to score at 18/5

Bet on the hosts to stop the rot with their first win in nine in all competitions, despite that suspect defence conceding once again.

Watford to win to nil at 11/2

Or back the visitors to pick up the points as Everton record their ninth blank of the season.