Goodison Park is the setting on Saturday when Everton take on Watford for a 3pm kick off in the Premier League. The Toffees failed to beta their upcoming opponents last season, with a draw and a 1-0 win in favour of the Hornets being the two outcomes during 2018/19. Home fans will feel confident of beating their visitors though after seeing what Brighton did to them last weekend.
Everton started their season in dull fashion with a disappointing 0-0 stalemate against Crystal Palace. Even without their star-man Wilfried Zaha, Marco Silva couldn’t find a way to break down Roy Hodgson and co. Perhaps a little tension was in the air following their failed bid for the Ivory Coast international, but in truth they should have seen off their hosts, especially after investing heavily during the transfer window. To add to their frustration, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a second bookable offence fifteen minutes from time, meaning his team will be slightly depleted in this one.
Watford were torn to pieces by a side they should have beaten versus Brighton, it’s as simple as that. The away team stayed in the league by the skin of their teeth last campaign, and Watford kept their most important players over the summer. One of those players, Abdoulaye Doucoure, was actually the cause of the beginning of their downfall on Saturday when he scored an own goal less than half an hour in, while later goals from Florin Andone and Neal Maupay left home fans despondent. Now it is time to redemption, to fight back and prove that they won’t be rolled over by clubs with lesser individuals. If they can’t win in the first couple of weeks, Javi Gracia will fear for his job.
Schneiderlin won’t play any part having received a red card versus Crystal Palace, while Fabian Delph could make his debut if he returns from a thigh injury in time. Andre Gomes is also a worry due to an ankle issue. Some important players were out of form at Selhurst Park and the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson will need to step up this time around if their side are to create anything of note.At the back, Everton look good with Yerry Mina arguably being their best player so far.
Watford fans won’t want to hear about that defeat to Brighton ever again, but there’s no doubt that Javi Gracia has told his players just how unacceptable that performance was. They’ll likely be without Dimitri Foulquier and Adalberto Penaranda, but for names such as Troy Deeney and Andre Gray there is nowhere to hide. A much better ninety minutes in needed from them, as well as Gerard Deulofeu who was taken off at half time for Roberto Pereyra. Should they suffer defeat here, questions will be asked of the boss already.
On virtually any other weekend this game would be impossible to predict, however a win in favour of Everton is the obvious choice here. They are in need of three points, have home advantage and all of their new signings should be integrated into the side at this point. Watford, on the other hand, look a mess. Conceding three to a team like Brighton is unheard of for most sides, with no disrespect to Brighton. Our first tip is Moise Kean to open his Everton account anytime @ 2.38, as he looks to get on the scoresheet for the first time since his move from Juventus. If Watford play anywhere similar to how they did last time, they’ll be ripped to shreds again and that’s why our second tip for this clash if over 2.5 goals @ 1.73.