Kick-off: 1500, 17/08/2019
Stadium: Goodison Park
Everton made some bold transfer moves during the summer window in a bid to beat teams like Watford and climb up the Premier League table.
The Toffees opened their campaign with a solid draw at Crystal Palace but will now be keen to kick on against the Hornets, who lost 3-0 at home to Brighton first up.
Marco Silva wants to play an exciting brand of football, so 7/5 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is our initial Everton vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton were without major new recruit Alex Iwobi at Selhurst Park and only introduced Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin as second-half substitutes, so it will take time for the fresh faces to settle in.
The Toffees did create the best chances in that goalless stalemate, but a point apiece was probably fair, with Jordan Pickford keeping out Jordan Ayew and Morgan Schneiderlin sent off late on.
“It’s a tough place to come, there was windy conditions to deal with for both sides, but we didn’t get beat and we built momentum for next week,” Pickford said.
“We need to be picking up as many points as we can and we always go into games thinking we can win, but we went down to 10 men and still played well. We managed the game.”
This should give us a better indication of where the Toffees stand, as they finished last term with four straight wins at Goodison Park, beating Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley.
Only the Gunners kept the margin of defeat down to a single goal, so 17/10 for a home win by more than one clear strike appeals from the Everton vs Watford odds.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard.
Everton are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Andre Gomes, who limped off at Palace.
Midfielder Fabian Delph (thigh) remains sidelined, full-back Leighton Baines is back training with the squad but midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin misses out through suspension.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford will have been hoping to kick on this season after reaching the FA Cup final last term and occupying a comfortable mid-table position.
However, an opening loss to Brighton at Vicarage Road was not in the script, with Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own-goal setting the tone for a miserable day.
Javi Gracia said: “The first two goals came from individual mistakes. We have to improve these actions.
“I trust we will do better in the second game. We have time to analyse and improve.”
New signings Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr did not feature in the first fixture, so there is still scope for the Hornets to progress, especially up front.
This still feels like a good time to take them on, though, and 12/1 for a 3-1 home win is added to our Everton vs Watford betting tips.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Gray.
Sarr will not feature but Gerard Deulofeu should be fine after illness and Adam Masina, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah are in the squad.
Crystal Palace 0-0 EVERTON
WATFORD 0-3 Brighton
Head-to-head: Watford 1-0 Everton, Everton 2-2 Watford, Watford 1-0 Everton, Everton 3-2 Watford
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