Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton welcome Watford to Goodison Park this weekend, as two teams who suffered disappointing results last weekend aim to kick-start their campaigns here. The Hornets have done well against the Toffees recently, but Marco Silva’s side have invested in their squad once again and are looking to build on their eighth-placed finish from last term.
Watford were moments from victory at Goodison last season, before Lucas Digne’s 96th-minute free-kick rescued a 2-2 draw and a point for Everton. The Hornets won both games either side of that 1-0 at Vicarage Road, but they’ve never beaten the Toffees on Merseyside.
Moise Kean got 20 minutes as he made his Everton debut last weekend, but his team were down to 10 men for 15 of those following Morgan Schneiderlin’s red card. That means the midfielder’s banned for this match, while Kean will hope for his first start. Fellow new signing Fabian Delph is out injured, while Leighton Baines and Andre Gomes are doubts.
Danny Welbeck is still a couple of weeks away from his Watford debut after joining on a free transfer, while former Manchester City youngster Tom Dele-Bashiru is expected to miss out. There are also question marks over Nathaniel Chalobah, Adalberto Penaranda and Dimitri Foulquier ahead of this game.
Everton v Watford Preview and Predictions
Everton struggled badly for goals during pre-season, and that continued as they drew a blank in a goalless draw away to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the campaign. More alarmingly, Watford were turned over 3-0 at home to Brighton, heaping the pressure on the Hornets from the off.
Javi Gracia became the first Watford manager in seven Premier League seasons to stay in the Vicarage Road hot seat from the end of one campaign to the start of the next this summer, and he could’ve done without that dreadful performance to kick things off. The Hornets were overrun by Brighton in all compartments, and this could be another tough afternoon for them.
Everton have the players to inflict a similar defeat on Watford, although the lack of goals is a little alarming. Despite that, with the exciting Kean to come into the team alongside the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard, the Toffees line-up should start serving up some goals before long.
With home advantage and plenty of optimism they’ll compete for the European places this season, Everton are the 7/10 favourites to pick up their first victory of the new campaign this weekend. Watford meanwhile are priced at 21/5 for the win, with the draw available at 3/1.
Everton to win to nil at 85/40
Watford were dreadful in their season opener and Everton will fancy their chances of picking up their first three points of the campaign with a comfortable victory.
Moise Kean to score last at 9/2
Dominic Calvert-Lewin may get the nod to start again, but Kean will feature at some point and after two goals in three games for Italy, he has shown he’s capable of producing when the attention’s on him.