Watford v’s Everton Match Preview

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Vicarage Road

Everton can move up into seventh, the position they finished last season, with victory over Watford but that may prove difficult as Sam Allardyce’s side have won just once on the road this season. Watford’s Javi Gracia will be keen to capitalise on Everton’s poor away form and record his second win as manager.

CLEAN sheets have been hard to come by for Watford with just one shutout in their last 14 games.

Despite the loss to West Ham, Gracia appears to have steadied the ship at Vicarage Road taking four points from the last three matches.

Everton have been in topsy-turvy form with two wins sandwiching a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal but they do not travel well.

However, with both teams struggling for form a draw looks a good bet.

Theo Walcott got an assist on his debut and scored two in the next match, the former Arsenal man is in great form and could be the difference once again

The second two-week break of 2018, courtesy of Everton’s early FA Cup exit, has stifled any momentum gained from the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

However, the muted reaction to that game from the fans suggested a break was welcome.

There is an obvious disconnect between the club and the supporters at present, with plenty of the fanbase just wanting the season to end.

As a result, the chance to enjoy an Everton-free weekend, absent of any pre or post-match fume, was most welcome.

Sam Allardyce also made the most of the break by taking the squad out to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

I’m not one to moan about players heading off to sunny destinations mid-season. Yes, the only reason they had time to go was because of their cup defeat, but forcing them to stay at Finch Farm as some sort of punishment doesn’t make much sense either.

Those arguing they are being “rewarded for failure” neglect the fact they still pick up thousands of pounds a week regardless of results and regardless of where they train.

The chance for the squad, particularly the injured players, to train at first-class facilities in warm weather is just another perk of the modern game.

However, the best way to end any criticism of their mid-season jaunt of course is to pick up results upon their return.

With just six points needed to reach 40 points and all but secure safety, the Blues ambitions should be higher than simply staying up.

Seventh place – and a potential spot in Europa League – is still a realistic target

A big game is definitely needed for the blues.

Everton have won just one of their 15 domestic matches away from Goodison Park so far this season.

The Blues, however, have found the net in eight of their last 10 away matches and the men from Merseyside are capable of posing a problem for the Potters.

Team news

There is good news for Watford boss Javi Gracia as Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, Heurelho Gomes and Tom Cleverly could all return.

however for the Blues Seamus Coleman, Eliaquim Mangala look set to miss out.

And

Idrissa Gueye is still

Under review an could still

Be a doubt for the Toffees but hopefully fit to start.

Also with recent starts in the u23 could we see the return of the Argentine Funes Mori

Likely lineups are :

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