Watford vs Everton betting tips: Premier League preview & prediction

Watford vs Everton 101 Great Goals prediction: Watford 2-1 Everton

Marco Silva is set to return to Vicarage Road for the first time since his controversial sacking last season as Watford take on Everton.

The Portuguese boss was given his marching orders midway through last season despite an incredibly bright start to the season.

Watford truly looked like a contender for at least the top six, but that was before Everton approached him.

A saga then began between the clubs, which will no doubt reach its peak this weekend.

Luckily for Watford, Everton will travel to Vicarage Road in extremely poor form and Javi Gracia will be looking to get revenge for his club.

Watford vs Everton: Who will win?

Going into this game it is the home side who are favourites to come out on top.

Watford are priced at 5/4 to win the game against their former boss.

Everton, meanwhile, are priced as the outsiders of odds of 11/5 which will come as no shock considering their form.

A draw in this fixture could prove to be an attractive bet, priced at 23/10.

Watford to win 2-1, as we predict, is priced at a solid 9/1.

As is customary with any Everton preview, we must point you to the both teams to score market.

The Toffees are extremely poor at the back and will be expected to concede pretty much every game.

However, on their day they also possess a decent amount of firepower going forward.

Richarlison

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 10: Richarlison of Everton celebrates scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Watford FC at Goodison Park on December 10, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Both teams to score is priced at 7/10 while a Watford win and both teams to score is priced attractively at 10/3.

The goalscorers market will be of intrigue for one reason.

Richarlison will also return to Vicarage Road for the first time since his exit from Watford.

He’s priced as joint-favourite to score first with Andre Gray and Troy Deeney, all priced at 6/1.

Watford vs Everton match preview

Much like their counterparts on Saturday, it’s been an up and down season for Javi Gracia and Watford.

Just when they looked as though they could grasp that 7th place spot in the Premier League, they go on a run of poor performances.

Their latest poor run has come over the past month or so.

Watford ended 2018 with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle before another draw against Bournemouth in the first game of 2019.

A comeback victory against Crystal Palace was much needed the game after but since then it hasn’t been great viewing for the Hornets fans.

Gerard Deulofeu

WATFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Dwight McNeil of Burnley is tackled by Gerard Deulofeu of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Burnley FC at Vicarage Road on January 19, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Gracia’s Watford drew 0-0 with Burnley who sit just above the relegation zone, a poor result considering their standing.

A win in the FA Cup against Newcastle may have raised spirits but a loss against Tottenham in the Premier League then followed.

Finally, their last result came as a 0-0 draw against Brighton on Saturday, a game which they probably should have been beaten in.

We all know what Javi Gracia’s Watford can do on their day, though now is the time they need to show it in a game that will no doubt be full of emotion.

Can Marco Silva silence the home crowd?

A lot of that emotion will be directed towards Everton’s Marco Silva.

It’s hard to see a game that isn’t feisty and fast-paced considering the circumstances.

The biggest example of that is Troy Deeney, who told Watford fans at an event this week to not abuse Silva, instead leaving the players to “kick the s**t out of them [Everton].”

While it was almost certainly a tongue in cheek comment, this game will no doubt have some emotion behind it.

While Silva will have wanted to come here looking to get Watford back for sacking him, with the form Everton are in, he’ll just want to get out with some kind of result.

Poor results against Millwall and Wolves really piled the pressure on Marco Silva, even forcing Farhad Moshiri to publicly back him.

Things did improve during the game against Manchester City on Wednesday night, however.

The Toffees looked much more resolute than they had in recent weeks and while Man City did dominate, it wasn’t as bad as many expected.

However, they did concede from yet another set piece.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 06: Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 06, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

There’s been a lot of talk over zonal marking on the blue half of Merseyside, with Everton the third worst team in Premier League history in terms of conceding from set-pieces at this point in the season.

Incredibly, the teams who have had a worse record at this point of the campaign are Marco Silva’s Watford and Hull, who Silva took over midway through the season.

If Watford look to exploit that weakness, then it could well be a long day for both Silva and Everton fans.

Watford team news vs Everton

There’s been a fair few injuries for Watford this season.

Abdoulaye Doucouré has been suffering from a knee injury, though could potentially return this weekend.

Kiko Femenia, Sebastian Prodl, Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success have all also suffered injuries recently but questions remain over whether any of them could feature this weekend.

Everton team news vs Watford

Everton came through the clash with Manchester City unscathed but there are still a few players who could be out for this game.

It was confirmed before the game that all of Yerry Mina, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka would not return to face Manchester City.

Questions still remain over whether they will return in time for the clash with Watford just days after.

Interestingly Ademola Lookman was left out the squad completely for the game against Pep Guardiola’s men.

There was no word as to whether it was an injury or not, so it could have easily been a tactical decision.

Though, he should return to the squad this weekend after Theo Walcott’s poor showing on Wednesday.

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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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