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Everton v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews

May 08, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Friday May 12 – Goodison Park – Premier League

Everton capitulated to Swansea last week, crushing hopes of Champions League qualification, while Watford are already safe and have nothing but pride to play for. Expect it to be a quiet one.

Past Meetings

Everton have a resounding historical advantage against Sunday’s opponents, winning 13 of 19 meetings, but they have failed to beat the Hornets on the last three occasions. Walter Mazzari’s men won 3-2 in December, while both fixtures last season resulted in draws.

Team News

The home side will be without Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy, Morgan Schneiderlin, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori through injury, while Aaron Lennon is unavailable due to personal issues. Muhamed Besic could return from a muscle strain.

Watford have injury problems of their own and will be missing Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas, Miguel Britos, Roberto Pereyra, Younes Kaboul, Mauro Zarate and Ben Watson. As Mazzarri’s transfer strategy revolves around adding depth to his squad, his 3-4-3 system should remain untouched.

Everton vs Watford Preview and Predictions

All the hope held in the blue side of Liverpool after a strong start to the season was dissolved last week as Everton failed to take three points from a lower mid-table team once again. This however hasn’t affected the home side’s odds, as the Toffees are firm favourites at 4/9.

Watford are 17/2 underdogs, and although they are not known for their attacking prowess, they are tough to beat, meaning there is potential for large profit to be made. After securing safety, the Hornets’ intensity has dropped a couple of levels, but as the end of the season is approaching it is a natural occurrence.

Romelu Lukaku is favourite to open the scoring at 13/5, but this should be avoided as when the going gets tough, the Belgian disappears. With three tall, strong centre backs protecting Hurelho Gomes’ in the Watford goal, a clean sheet is a real possibility.

Recommended Bets

Troy Deeney to score anytime at 3/1

Despite several fallouts with club management this season, Deeney has been so important to the Watford cause that he has never missed more than one week at a time. The former Walsall man is also 13/2 to score first, and is logically the most likely player to do so.

Watford to win 1-0 at 25/1

The odds are huge, but the risk isn’t. The hornets have built their Premier League safety on one goal wins, and there is no reason why Everton won’t be beaten by the same tactic.

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