Everton vs Watford, 10 DEC 18
Current Toffees’ boss Marco Silva will face his former club Watford for the first time since being sacked in January 2018. He managed Watford on 26 occasions, losing half of his games in charge, with 8 wins and 5 draws.
Silva is doing better as Watford boss. His record in previous 17 games is 7W 6D 4L, with the best win ratio since he began his coaching career in England.
Toffees are winless in last two games, with unlucky defeat to local rivals Liverpool and a 1-1 draw against Newcastle. They are struggling recently for goals without an established striker and with Richarlison, naturally a winger, in the center forward role. In the last 6 rounds they managed to score only 4 goals, and breaking other teams’ defenses is definitely their biggest problem this season.
On the other hand, they are defensively solid, and if they improve on the opposite part of the pitch, they could have a much better season.
Silva has no suspension/injury worries and could welcome back Morgan Schneiderlin from injury, with Theo Walcott and Michael Keane set to start.
Watford is in awful form, losing 4 out of last 5 games, and failing to score in 3.
They are generally struggling against any decent side and managed to take points only against sides which are in as poor form as themselves – Southampton, Fulham, Huddersfield, and Wolves.
Watford boss Javi Garcia is without suspended Etienne Capoue.
Everton has a fantastic record against Watford, winning 19 of their 26 games so far. At Goodison Park they are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, winning 11.
With impressive head to head stats and much better form, Everton is surely favorites to win this match, which is reflected in bookmakers odds for this match - they are priced 3/4 (1.75) at Betfred. Despite this smells like low scoring affair, probably the best bet here would be Both Teams to Score, which is priced 4/5 (1.80) at Betfred.