The Hornets against The Toffees.

Last updated: April 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWLL
Away form: LLWLW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Just 1 point is separating these two teams in the standings of The Premier League. But, Watford have recorded only 2 victories against Everton in the Head to Head battle. The Toffees have won 13 of 17 games against The Hornets. There have also been 2 draws. So, if we only think of the history, Everton should win this game.

However, The Hornets are on a run of 5 matches without a victory. In addition, they have lost their last 4 Premier League matches, conceding 8 goals. After they almost secured their place in the league, Watford have focused on their performance in The FA Cup. The Hornets will take part in the semi-finals of the competition on 24th April 2016 against Crystal Palace.

On the other hand, Everton have also not been so persuasive recently. The Toffees lost their last game to Manchester United 0-1. They have lost 4 of their last 5 league matches. The only victory was against Aston Villa (3-1). That’s mainly because Romelu Lukaku has dropped his form. The Belgian forward has scored only 2 goals in these games.

Team News

Valon Behrami is ill. The midfielder will surely miss the game. The Swiss international has appeared in 18 Premier League matches this season.

Darron Gibson of Everton is suffering from an injury. However, The Irish international has only recorded 4 matches in The Premier League for The Toffees.

Gareth Barry, who was sent off against Chelsea in The FA Cup quarter-finals, can now take part in the upcoming match against Watford.

Browning and Hibbert are the other injured players for Everton, while Gilmartin and Ekstrand can’t be selected by Quique Sanchez Flores.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches
Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) :
“I think it is difficult for anyone to beat Leicester.”

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez (Everton) :
“Financially we can compete against anyone in world football.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-2): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Abdi, Mario Suarez, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Jurado, Oulare, Anya, Guedioura, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand, Behrami.
Not available:
Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Deulofeu, McCarthy, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs Howard, Oviedo, Kone, Niasse, Stones, Cleverley, Mirallas.
Injured: Hibbert, Browning, Gibson.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Watford this season Everton this season
14 League Position 12
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (5)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 6-2 vs. Sunderland
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (7)
7 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 8 (2)
0-4 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Ighalo (14) Top scorer Lukaku (18)
Deeney(6) Assist Leader Deulofeu (8)
Y58, R2 Discipline Y36, R3
13 Failures to score 8
9 Clean Sheets 8
12 Both Teams to Score Games 17
14 Over 2.5 Games 17
17 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The Hornets have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 Premier League matches. Only Aston Villa have a worse goal-scoring record in The Premier League.
  • It’s been 3 months since Watford won a match at Vicarage Road. Since then The Hornets have lost 2 matches and finished with a draw on 2 occasions.
  • Everton have been playing better in The Premier League when being the visiting team. The Toffees have recorded 6 more points when being away from Goodison Park.
  • The first match of the season between these two teams finished with a draw (2-2). Barkley and Kone scored for Everton, while Layun and Ighalo found the net for Watford.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/08/15 The Premier League Everton 2-2 Watford M. Layún 13′
24/02/07 The Premier League Watford 0-3 Everton Manuel Fernandes 23′
19/08/06 The Premier League Everton 2-1 Watford A. Johnson 15′
01/04/00 The Premier League Everton 4-2 Watford
18/12/99 The Premier League Watford 1-3 Everton