Kick-off: 1500, 09/02/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
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What Trueform says for Watford vs Everton
Marco Silva is under intense pressure after two straight Premier League home defeats and we fear he faces more misery at Watford this weekend.
The Toffees have lost on their last couple of trips to Vicarage Road and the Hornets will be keen to put one over their former boss.
Javi Gracia’s side were only denied by a stoppage-time sickener when drawing 2-2 at Goodison Park in December and 5/4 for them to gain compensation here is our first Watford vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford have been involved in a number of close encounters lately, but their overall record still makes decent reading.
Last Saturday’s goalless stalemate at Brighton made it five draws in 12 outings in all competitions, with the same number of wins posted during that period and only Chelsea and Tottenham beating the Hornets.
Gracia is now the club’s longest-serving Premier League manager after 39 games in charge and will be happy with eighth place in the table, one point above Everton with a game in hand.
“From the moment I arrived here, I can say I felt very comfortable and I think it’s a club where I’m feeling really well,” said Gracia.
“It’s our ambition in this moment to try to be demanding and try to continue in the next games keeping our level – and at the end of the season we’ll see where we are.”
The Hornets have good energy in midfield, some useful attacking players and a very solid keeper in Ben Foster, who was outstanding at Brighton.
Looking at the Watford vs Everton odds, we reckon 23/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals is a good option, as most games between these teams tend to be quite open.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Cleverley, Sema, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has missed the last four games due to a knee problem, could be ready for a comeback.
Kiko Femenia (hamstring) could also make a return to action, but Roberto Pereyra (calf), Isaac Success (hamstring) and Sebastian Prodl (knee) remain sidelined.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Silva showed signs that he is feeling the heat when making five changes for Manchester City’s visit to Everton on Wednesday, following a 3-1 home loss to Wolves the weekend before.
Even leading scorers Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison did not escape the manager’s wrath, as they were relegated to substitute roles.
That didn’t stop the Toffees from conceding yet another set-piece goal, their 12th in the league and 17th in all competitions, during a 2-0 defeat.
“All the lads are gutted because we’ve done well enough in the game but it is just poor goals again,” said Tom Davies, who was captain for the night.
Everton have now lost eight of their last 13 top-flight fixtures, winning just three and keeping only two clean sheets since the start of December.
“It’s been a tough period for us,” added Davies. “In all aspects, we just haven’t been able to get the performances together as a team and a group.”
There is still talent in this squad, but close contests are going against them, so 17/2 for a 2-1 home win is added to our Watford vs Everton betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Kenny, Gomes, Gueye, Bernard, Davies, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin.
Everton will assess defender Yerry Mina, who has sat out the last three games with a foot injury. Leighton Baines (rib) and Phil Jagielka (knock) are definitely still unavailable.
Brighton 0-0 WATFORD
EVERTON 0-2 Man City
Head-to-head: Everton 2-2 Watford, Watford 1-0 Everton, Everton 3-2 Watford, Everton 1-0 Watford, Watford 3-2 Everton
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