Everton vs Watford preview, betting tips and prediction: Hornets to sting managerless Toffees
Watford to win and Andre Gray to score anytime @ 9/1 with Paddy Power
Score draw @ 10/3 with Paddy Power
Double chance of Watford and draw @ 4/6 with Paddy Power
There is a certain irony about Watford facing Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday and not just because the Toffees are reportedly interested in hiring former Hornets favourite Sean Dyche as their new manager. After flexing their muscles in the summer, spending £150million on a new squad in a bid to close the gap to the top six, Everton have fallen flat on their faces in recent weeks. Having sacked Ronald Koeman, they find themselves in the bottom three.
Meanwhile, Watford were predicted to struggle badly by most who viewed their summer transfers. It always felt rather unfair, because they had actually signed some good players. Richarlison has been the pick of the bunch, with the Brazilian inspiring them into the top eight. Marco Silva’s reputation has continued to grow after some sterling work at Hull last season and he seems to be building something quite impressive at Vicarage Road.
Despite a shock defeat at home to Stoke last week, we are backing Watford to add insult to injury for Everton.
Even ignoring the fact they’ve spent so much money in the summer, Everton’s form has been abysmal this season. Just two wins in ten games, with six defeats, has them 18th. But it is quite astonishing that so much has been put into making the squad better, yet the lack a main striker and still have a slow, ageing defence. Scoring just seven times, conceding 20, means they are in genuine danger of relegation if matters don’t improve soon. David Unsworth is in caretaker charge and he has so far overseen a Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea and a poor defeat at the King Power Stadium against Leicester.
Watford lost perhaps the first game they were expected to win last weekend. Silva has always made his home a fortress, arriving in England unbeaten at his own stadium with three different clubs since 2014. That record was always likely to go and it did at Hull, but losing to a Stoke side who hadn’t won on the road was a real blow for them. Overall, though, they are going well; Silva has played an open style of play and they have scored 15 goals, the most of anyone outside the top six. Their only other defeats came against league leaders Manchester City and champions Chelsea.
The biggest news to come out of either camp is Watford captain Troy Deeney will miss the game having been found guilty of violent conduct following an incident with Stoke’s Joe Allen. Andre Gray, their £18million record signing, will deputise, looking for only his second goal for the club.
Everton look set to be without Sandro Ramirez once again as well as Davey Klaasen. Wayne Rooney could start up front or Oumar Niasse, the forgotten msn turned two-goal hero in the recent win over Bournemouth, could start against Silva, the man who saved his Premier League career with a loan spell at Hull last season.