Get Set for a Mid-Table Clash as Everton Travel to North London

Last updated: December 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12.30pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home form: LLWLW
Away form: DLDLW
Last season: Watford 1-1 Everton
Competition: The Premier League

With the home side having lost four of their last five Premier League fixtures, boss Walter Mazzarri will be eager to give the Watford fans something to cheer about. The Hornets haven’t fared too badly this season. They are currently sitting just below midway the midway point in the league in 11th position with an average win percentage of 36% – they’ve also had a pretty difficult run of fixtures recently, having played Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the last five weeks. Everton make the journey to the North of London in not much better shape. They’ve recorded one victory and two losses in their last five games and are currently equal on points with their hosts with the only clear difference between them being the goal count. Prepare for an intriguing encounter on Saturday afternoon as both teams battle hard to gain ascendency in the middle of the table.

Watford will surely feel a little aggrieved that they weren’t able to make more of the chances they created last week against West Brom. They enjoyed plenty of possession, created plenty of goal scoring opportunities, but just weren’t able to convert. They eventually fell victim to Tom Pulis’s masterful set piece tactics and went away empty handed. The home side simply need to regroup, build on the positives from last week and improve their accuracy if they want to get a result against Ronald Koeman ‘s side come Saturday afternoon.

Everton have had mixed results of late. They fought well to hold Man Utd to a 1-1 draw at home last weekend, however a loss to Southampton and a draw against Swansea in the weeks before has meant that they’ve let a few points go begging. Their away record has been far from exemplary, winning just two of their seven games on the road. This will certainly need to improve if they are to establish some breathing space between them and their hosts.

Team News

It’s not yet certain whether Adrian Mariappa will be fit enough to take the field on Saturday afternoon. The Jamaican defender was involved in a nasty clash with teammate Daryl Janmaat – who will also need to be assessed before the fixture – at the end of November and is still suffering from a knee and a head injury.

There are also question marks around the fitness of Kenedy, Kaboul, and Dja Djedje. It appears they will each have to undergo late fitness tests to decide whether they will feature.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman seems to have recovered from the rib injury he sustained in last weekend’s fixture against Manchester Utd. Reports from the Everton camp suggest that he’ll be fit and in contention for Saturday’s game.

There’s still no news on when Matthew Pennington will be making his return. The defender suffered a hamstring injury during a preseason fixture against Real Betis back in July and still undergoing physiotherapy.

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-2): Gomes, Holebas, Prodl, Zuniga, Kabasele, Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura, Deeney, Okaka
Subs: Pantilimon, Eleftheriou, Watson, Doucoure, Sinclair, Ighalo, Ajayi
Injured: Cathcart
Doubtful: Kenedy, Mariappa, Janmaat, Kaboul
Not available: Pereyra
Everton (4-4-2): Stekelenburg, Baines, Mori, Coleman, Williams, Cleverley, Barry, Barkley, Gueye, Mirallas, Lukaku
Subs: Joel, Holgate, Jagielka, McCarthy, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Valencia
Injured: McNair, Watmore, Rodwell, Gooch, Cattermole, Borini
Doubtful: Denayer, Pienaar
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Watford this season Everton this season
11th League Position 8th
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
4-2 vs. West Ham Biggest win 3-0 vs. Sunderland
1 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (1)
6-1 vs. Liverpool Biggest Defeat 5-0 vs. Chelsea
Etienne Capoue (5) Top scorer Romelu Lukaku (7)
Troy Deeney (3) Assist Leader Yannick Bolasie (4)
Y34, R3 Discipline Y32, R0
3 Failures to score 3
3 Clean Sheets 3
9 Both Teams to Score Games 8
8 Over 2.5 Games 5
6 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Watford suffered their worst defeat of the year against Liverpool earlier this month. They were beaten in emphatic style 6-1 away at Anfield in a fixture that produced the second highest number of goals so far this season.
  • There are only two points keeping Everton two places above Watford in the league at present. A victory on Saturday would see the hosts put some distance between the two sides; a loss however, would see Watford overtake the Blues by a single point.
  • Watford are currently the side with the second highest count of yellow cards (34). They are second only to West Ham who have accumulated 36. The Hornets have also accumulated the most number red cards. They are drawn with Sunderland and Man City with a total of 3.
  • Everton’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku has been in good form so far this season. He’s managed 7 in the Premier League (4 goals behind top scorer Diego Costa) from 33 attempts and missed a total of 5 big chances.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/04/2016 Premier League Watford 1 – 1 Everton McCarthy,James 43′(+1)
08/08/2015 Premier League Everton 2 – 2 Watford M.Layun 14′
24/02/2007 Premier League Watford 0 – 3 Everton M.Fernandes 23′
19/08/2006 Premier League Everton 2 – 1 Watford A.Johnson 15′
06/01/2001 Premier League Watford 1 – 2 Everton T.Mooney 21′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

With both teams level on points at this stage of the season, this is definitely a close one to call. In the last seven meetings between the two sides Everton remain undefeated. The last time Watford managed a victory against their visitors was back in the 1986/87 domestic, so Everton do have a slight psychological advantage. The bookies think the same, and have tipped them as slight favourites. In what we predict will be a closely fought game, we think it’s well worth backing Watford for a Draw No Bet market. This way you have an extra bit of insurance if the match happens to end in a draw, and if Watford go on to win you’ll get paid out at a half decent odds price. Head over to Coral for some great value prices.