Everton v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 06, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton look to get past a run of poor results as they host a similarly points-starved Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. The Hornets impressed in their last game against Manchester City but ended the match empty handed, and will be looking for points this weekend.
Watford game out on top when the two sides last met, back in February with Troy Deeney scoring the only goal of a game which the hornets dominated.
Everton have a near full contingent available on Saturday, with Morgan Schneidelin and Jonjo Kenny the only doubts. Marco Silva is therefore likely to make a number of changes to the side with Kurt Zouma and Andrea Lookman dropping out of the starting XI.
Etienne Capoue remains suspended following his red card at Leicester, meaning a second successive start for Nathaniel Chalobah. Will Hughes' injury bereaves Javi Gracia of another central midfielder, whilst Gerard Deulofeu may be in line for a start.
Everton v Watford Preview and Predictions
Saturday's tie between Everton and Watford is likely to be billed as the Hornets chance for revenge over old-boys Marco Silva and Richarlison.
Both player and manager left the club last season, having impressed in the opening months, with the Toffees offering them a step-up in quality, reputation and financing. However, with over a third of games played, Everton sit just five points above the Hornets going into kick-off, with Watford fans having enjoyed the club's best ever start to a Premier League campaign. The home side are though the 4/5 favourites.
Aside from any enmity between the fanbases, this match-up offers real consequences for both side's ambitions this season. For Everton, their goal of European football remains very much in reach, with just one point and Bournemouth between them and Europa League qualification - although with Manchester United and Leicester City hot on their heels.
For Watford on the other hand, they have seen their league standing fall since their phenomenal start to the season, meaning the Hornets now sit in the lower half of the table and go to Merseyside at a best price of 4/1, with the draw at 5/2. Of course, when Javi Gracia was brought in his brief was likely to do little more than finish mid-table, having witnessed the highs, fans are keen to pick up another run of results.
The three points available this weekend therefore offer not only bragging rights, but an opportunity to further objectives. Both teams will consider the game winnable, and neutrals should be in for an entertaining affair.
Richarlison to score anytime at 7/5
The Brazilian has been on fire this season and would love to score against his old club.
Both teams to score at 4/5
Neither side have excelled defensively in recent weeks and will likely be out to attack.