Everton vs Watford betting tips: Premier League preview & prediction

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Both Everton and Watford have struggled over the past week or so but will go up against each other on Monday in what could be a close affair.

Watford made a stunning start to the season and some were talking about them making a push for the top six early on.

However, their results have taken a huge dip over the past couple of months.

Everton, on the other hand, have been pretty impressive over the past couple of months but have hit a bump in the road.

They lost the Merseyside derby following an unfortunate goal late in the game on Sunday before being frustrated by Newcastle at Goodison on Wednesday.

With that in mind, both team are very much in need of a win on Monday.

Everton vs Watford: Who will win?

After Everton’s lacklustre performance against Newcastle in midweek, you would have expected odds to be sort of close with the home side favoured but that is not really the case.

Marco Silva’s side are actually heavy favourites going into the game despite the midweek performance.

They are priced at 4/5 to win the game outright while Watford are seen as pretty heavy outsiders at odds of 19/5.

If you fancy a draw, a price of 14/5 is very attractive considering the week Everton have had.

A 1-0 win to the home side, which we predict, is priced at a respectable 13/2.

Onto the goalscorers market and much like in midweek against Newcastle (with Rondon priced at 8/1 to score first), you’ve got to go far down the betting to find a Watford player.

Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the two of favourites to score first, the former priced at 9/2 and latter priced at 11/2 but there is a big possibility neither will start.

Following the former’s performance from the start on Wednesday, Richarlison will likely return to the striker role.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Richarlison of Everton celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on November 3, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

He is also priced as joint-favourite at odds of 9/2 to score first.

Gylfi Sigurdsson provides good value in this market with odds of 7/1.

The most likely player to score first according to the bookies is Troy Deeney who is priced at 8/1.

Everton vs Watford match preview

It’s not been a great week for the Toffees.

First of all, they put in a brilliant performance against Liverpool at Anfield.

They truly went toe to toe with their rivals in a ground they hadn’t won at for 19 years.

Chances were flowing, most notably Andre Gomes’ header which was brilliantly saved by Alisson Becker.

Though, despite their defiant performance, they came away with nothing.

A freak goal in added time was the biggest sucker-punch Marco Silva’s side could have felt and they felt the after-effects of that against Newcastle on Wednesday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Divock Origi of Liverpool shoots under pressure from Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Silva made changes and rested a few players while giving an opportunity to those who probably deserved it.

Michael Keane was rested so that Kurt Zouma could partner Yerry Mina while Cenk Tosun and Ademola Lookman were also brought in.

None of the three had the desired effect and if anything, upset the balance that Everton have had in their team for weeks.

Before this week, Everton had won all of their last four games at home but there was a real vulnerability about their side on Wednesday.

If the Toffees are to jump back up to 6th after this weekend’s fixtures, they must get all three points and Everton fans will be expecting no less after a couple of poor results.

Though, should Watford exploit them the way Newcastle did on Wednesday, there could be another upset on the cards.

Can the Hornets finally end their slump?

What a weird season it has been for Watford.

After the first month of the season, some were suggesting they could be in the conversation for a top six spot.

While that is still the case due to how tight the middle of the Premier League is right now, they are not being talked about in the same way.

They have now lost four of their last five games and drawn the other.

While games against Liverpool and Manchester City are always expected to be difficult, losses to Newcastle and Leicester will not help Watford’s hopes of a high finish.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Etienne Capoue of Watford runs with the ball away from Marc Albrighton of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The draw with relegation-threatened Southampton hasn’t helped either.

Though, it could be a case of when this Watford side will click again.

Roberto Pereyra was pivotal early on in the season and should he recapture that form, he could easily win games on his own for the Hornets.

Gerard Deulofeu will also be facing his old side on Monday with a point to prove after failing to get into Everton’s plans before an exit.

Couple that with the bitterness still surrounding Marco Silva’s exit at Watford and there is an expectation that Watford will be doing everything they can to show Everton up.

If Watford are to do that, they must recapture their early season form.

 

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Everton team news

There’s no new injury news for Everton but there could be selection changes.

There were a few players rested for the game against Newcastle and that cost them against the Magpies.

Bernard was left on the bench, with Theo Walcott also given a rest with Ademola Lookman coming into the team.

Richarlison was moved back to the left wing while Cenk Tosun was given a chance up front.

Safe to say, it didn’t really work out and that could see Marco Silva revert back to the team which faced Liverpool.

Michael Keane will also likely return to the team after a much-needed rest with Kurt Zouma the most likely to make way.

Watford team news

There’s some injury news in relation to Will Hughes this week.

The player had to be substituted during the game with Manchester City in midweek due to a hip problem.

Javi Gracia confirmed this week that the player had to sit out training on Thursday but is still confident he can play on Monday.

“Will didn’t train today (Thursday) and we will see tomorrow and the day after tomorrow if he is available,” he explained. 

“He is not training with the team at the moment but I am confident he will be available for the game.”

Étienne Capoue will also miss the game due to suspension.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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