Football Predictions

Everton v Watford preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Chris Smith

Published: 11:00, 16 August 2019

Everton host Watford on Saturday with both sides looking to register their first wins of the new Premier League season.

The Toffees played out a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in their opening game in what turned out to be a decent result, considering Andre Gomes was forced off with injury and Morgan Schneiderlin was shown a red card.

Watford, meanwhile, got off to a terrible start, going down 3-0 at home to Brighton and looking a mere shadow of the side which made it all the way to the FA Cup final last season.

Thanks to Marco Silva’s protracted switch from Watford to Everton and plenty of back and forth between the supporters since, expect plenty of plastic snakes from the away support and a surprisingly charged atmosphere at Goodison Park.

Read on for team news, predicted XIs and predictions for Everton v Watford.

When is Everton v Watford and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: Saturday, August 17

Kick-off: 3 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): N/A

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Last five meetings: Everton v Watford

09 February 2019: Watford 1-0 Everton

10 December 2018: Everton 2-2 Watford

24 February 2018: Watford 1-0 Everton

05 November 2017: Everton 3-2 Watford

12 May 2017: Everton 1-0 Watford

Aggregate score: Everton (LDLWW) 6-6 Watford (WDWLL)

Ones to watch

Everton: Moise Kean

Everton’s Moise Kean warms up before the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Moise Kean only made a brief cameo from the bench against Crystal Palace last week but make no mistake, there is a lot of hype on Merseyside for this young Italian. The 19-year-old already has two goals in three senior caps for Italy and scored seven goals in 17 games for Juventus last season. Snagging him for just £25.17m without a buy-back clause has to be one of the deals of the summer and credit must go to director of football Marcel Brands for making it happen.

Everton have lacked pace, cutting edge and a natural goalscorer at the top end of the pitch since the departure of Romelu Lukaku in 2017, but with Kean on board, all that may be about to change.

Key stat: Kean scored more goals per 90 minutes (1.01) than any other Juventus player in Serie A last season.

Watford: Gerard Deulofeu

A trip to Goodison Park is always one to savour for former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu but rest assured, he’ll be showing no mercy on his former club this weekend. The Spaniard was superb in a more central role last season, dovetailing off the physical presence of Troy Deeney and his pace and trickery in behind will be key for Javi Gracia’s men once again in 2019/20. If he, Deeney and new record signing Ismaila Sarr can strike up a good balance, that 3-0 defeat to Brighton could very quickly turn into a footnote.

Key stat: Deulofeu had the highest big chance conversion rate (53.85%) of any Watford player to score more than one Premier League goal last season, netting 10 times in total.

Team news

Everton

Schneiderlin is suspended after receiving two yellow cards against Crystal Palace last week, while Gomes has also been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury. New signing Fabian Delph is also sidelined, adding to midfield shortages which will likely force Silva to start new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin far sooner than he would have anticipated.

Leighton Baines could feature after missing out on last week’s matchday squad through illness while Silva will have to decide on the fitness of new signing Alex Iwobi, who was on international duty with Nigeria throughout the summer.

Everton Predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Davies, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Kean.

Watford

Record signing Ismaila Sarr looks unlikely to make his debut at the weekend, after Gracia revealed he needs time to be ready. But fellow summer arrival Danny Welbeck could be in line for an appearance after recovering from a long-term ankle injury, with Nathaniel Chalobah also available for selection once more.

Watford Predicted XI: Foster; Femenia, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Deulofeu; Gray, Deeney. 

Squawka prediction

Everton’s new signings are still bedding in and didn’t quite click in a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Crystal Palace. That said, they should have enough at home against a Watford side still stunned from their opening day defeat to Brighton. However, a number of absentees in Everton’s midfield will make it close.

Everton 2-1 Watford