Preview - Watford vs Everton 9 February 19

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Feb 08, 2019, 06:42 AM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2019, 07:52 AM by Harry85
Match Day 26
Watford vs. Everton
Saturday, February 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: D W D L D
Average goals per match: 1.32
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra (6)

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Richarlison (10)

Everton boss Marco Silva returns to his old stamping ground on Match Day 26 in the Premier League as he takes his side to Watford, where he seems likely to be in for a frosty reception. With Watford eighth, and Everton ninth and only a point between the sides, a win for the Toffee's will see them leapfrog the Hornet's.

There was nothing to split the sides earlier in the season, with the game at Goodison Park ending in a 2-2 draw. Watford nicked a 1-0 win in this game last season.

Roberto Pereyra, Kiko Femenía, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prödl are all out for the home side. Everton will be without Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.

Watford continue to tick along in fairly solid fashion, with just the two defeats in their last ten in the Premier League. They have been struggling just a little at home of late though with only two wins in their past nine, only scoring more than once in two of these games.

Everton aren't impressing at present as they seem in the midst of one of the slumps which have plagued them for the last couple of seasons now. They have won only three away games all season, and were poor even in victory at Huddersfield in the most recent of those wins.

Everton aren't playing particularly well, but do have enough about them going forward to register on the scoresheet and that may well be enough to claim a point in this one.

Prediction: Watford 1 - 1 Everton


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  8 - 6
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

Referee Lee Probert took the names of Troy Deeney and Jose Holebas of Watford. It was all too much for Everton's Kurt Zouma who received two yellow cards in the space of a few seconds to get himself dismissed in the fourth minute of added time.

Everton were in truth a little better than they have been of late here - at least for periods of the game - but in the end this was an unhappy return to his former stamping ground for Marco Silva. Close in possession, and having more efforts on target, the over-riding impression here was that in the closing stages Watford simply wanted this too badly on the day.

Everton started the second half marginally the brighter and came mightily close to taking the lead in the 49th minute with only the crossbar keeping out a Gylfi Sigurdsson effort.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 65th minute. Everton failing to properly clear their lines following a corner and subsequent cross in from the right and Will Hughes being played in in the right channel. His low cross across the area was begging to put in and Andre Gray duly obliged to tap in from a yard or so.

The crossbar then came to the home sides rescue again in the 81st minute, this time keeping out a free kick from Lucas Digne. Everton to their credit didn't ever throw the towel in, but Watford's determined defending just would not wilt. 1-0 final score.

No change for either side in the standings on the back of this result. Watford stay eighth and Everton ninth, but the gap between the sides has now grown to four points.

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