Vicarage Road - Premier League
Two teams who are both looking for their first win in three come together on Saturday afternoon, as Watford host Everton at Vicarage Road. The difference though is that the Hornets have been on their travels of late, while the Toffees have come unstuck on home soil.
The teams drew 2-2 at Goodison in December, with Lucas Digne’s dramatic 96th-minute free-kick securing a point for Everton. That game ended a run of four straight home wins in this fixture, with Watford taking the points courtesy of a 1-0 victory in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Abdoulaye Doucoure remains a doubt for the hosts, despite the fact there’s no chance of the midfielder now leaving the club. He’s struggling with a knee injury, the same as defender Sebastian Prodl. Isaac Success, Kiko Femenia and Roberto Pereyra are all also out of this game.
Marco Silva has three defenders who are all set to miss out through injury. Yerry Mina is still in with a slight chance of making it, although Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are out. Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne will continue in their absence.
Watford v Everton Preview and Predictions
While Everton’s defeat at home to Manchester City on Wednesday night was hardly unexpected, it was disappointing for Toffees fans to see their team lose twice at Goodison in the space of just a few days. The consolation is the dent it puts in local rivals Liverpool’s title bid.
Watford meanwhile followed up their painful late defeat at Tottenham with a goalless draw at Brighton last weekend. Having a few extra days to prepare, and not getting the runaround from the champions in midweek, is likely to play into Javi Gracia’s hands here.
The Hornets were unbeaten in six in all competitions before their narrow defeat to Spurs, and they start as the 11/8 favourites this weekend. Everton are 12/5, and the fact they’re playing away probably helps them considering their dreadful recent home form.
Despite lurching between poor results, the Toffees start this game just a point behind their hosts on Saturday. Wolves are another four points further ahead in seventh, so the Toffees can ill afford to lose this game if they want to maintain a challenge for the European places. With that in mind, Saturday’s encounter is 63/25 to end with honours even.
Watford to win and BTTS at 7/2
The Hornets are favourites for the win, but this fixture has produced 21 goals in the last seven meetings between the sides, with both teams scoring on five occasions.
Richarlison to score first at 6/1
The former Hornets forward has already scored twice as many Premier League goals this season for Everton than he managed for Watford last term, and is a real threat going forward.