Watford vs Everton Preview

February 23, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Saturday’s Premier League action concludes at Vicarage Road where Watford take on Everton.

The Hornets have won one, drawn one and lost one under new manager Javi Garcia, with the defeat at West Ham United last time out leaving them in eleventh place.

Victory here could see them move back into the top half of the table and to within a point of their opponents while defeat could see them dragged in to the battle at the bottom, with only six points separating the teams in tenth and nineteenth place.

A whole number of players are back in contention for the hosts, with Heurelho Gomes, Miguel Britos, Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia all back in training while Stefano Okaka could also be selected though Younes Kaboul, Christian Kabasele, Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah remain sidelined.

Troy Deeney is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 6.0 (5/1) with a number of firms, ahead of 7.5 (13/2) chance Gerard Deulofeu.

The home win is 2.38 (11/8) with William Hill with the visitors as highly priced as the 2.55 (28/11) on offer from Unibet, who have the draw at 3.45 (27/11).

Sam Allardyce’s men bounced back from their heavy defeat to Arsenal earlier this month with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace and another win here could see them rise to seventh place, depending on the outcomes of Burnley and Leicester City’s matches.

Eliaquim Mangala may have played his last game for the Toffees after sustaining a knee injury that is set to keep him out for the rest of the season while Seamus Coleman is also likely to miss out though fellow full-back Leighton Baines is set to feature for the first time since November after recovering from a knee injury.

Wayne Rooney can be backed at 7.5 (13/2) to open the scoring with Theo Walcott a 9.0 (8/1) shot with Betfair.

The Toffees came from two goals down to win when the sides met on Merseyside back in November while last season’s corresponding fixture also ended in a 3-2 home win.

You can back over 4.5 goals this time around at a price of 8.0 (7/1) with a variety of firms.

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