Preview - Everton vs Watford 17 August 19

Started by Harry85, Aug 13, 2019, 11:39 PM

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Match Day 2
Everton vs. Watford
Saturday, August 17th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Everton: 
Last five matches form: W D W D D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.42
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Gylfi Sigurdsson & Richarlison (13)

Watford:
Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.55
Top Scorer (18/19): Gerard Deulofeu (10)


Two sides high on optimism headed into the current season - who both failed to win on the opening day - lock horns at Goodison Park this weekend as Javi Gracia takes his Watford outfit north to take on Everton.


Watford came out on top overall in the meetings between the sides last season, winning 1-0 at home and coming from behind to pick up a 2-2 draw in this fixture.

Everton were probably just about the better side against Crystal Palace in an opening day Selhurst Park stalemate, and a draw on the road can never really count as too bad a result. Having spent heavily over the summer though, Marco Silva's men really ought to be seeing off teams like Palace if they are to realise their top six ambitions.

Watford's opening day result and performance was simply desperate as they were outplayed and outthought by Brighton at almost every turn. Fans will be hoping that result acts as a wake-up call and the Hornets can get back to the level they displayed for much of last season.

Watford possibly weren't quite as bad as that 0-3 score-line against Brighton would suggest, but this looks a significantly tougher fixture. Provided their centre-halves stay fit, Everton really do look to have the tools in place for a decent run at the top six this season and a home win looks the most likely result here.

Prediction: Everton 3 - 1 Watford

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  7 - 5
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession:  47% - 53%

Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes were booked for the home side at Goodison Part, with Etienne Capoue, Jose Holebas and Roberto Pereyra of Watford also having their names taken by referee Lee Mason.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin was brought into the Everton starting line up for this one, but Moise Keane once again had to be content with a place on the bench.

Just the one goal on Merseyside and it came early. Bernard picked out with a long ball over the top on the left-hand side. The Brazilian drifting into the left of the area before firing home low inside the near post from around 12 yards.

Watford did come back into it and were within a whisker of drawing level in the 23rd minute. Craig Dawson rattling the corner of post and crossbar when getting on the end of a corner from the right-hand side.

Richarlison should really have then doubled his sides advantage in the 42nd minute when planting a header over the bar under no pressure. 1-0 at the break.

Jordan Pickford then came to the Toffees rescue in the second half when coming out on top against a clean through Troy Deeney. Shortly after Richarlison planted another header high and wide.

Keane came off the bench and had two good opportunities to break his Everton duck, pulling one effort narrowly wide and shanking another high, wide and nearly into the Mersey.

A deserved win for Everton on the overall balance of play. Not scintillating stuff, but Marco Silva will still likely be relatively content with his start to the season, drawing away and winning at home. A bit better from Watford, but still plenty to work on.

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