Everton v Watford Preview: Everything You Need To Know!

Ah the start of the season. Hopes are high, new signings are there to be excited about. It’s good to be back at Goodison. Isn’t it?

Hey, I’m going to be positive in this article and look ahead at the Watford game with a spring I my step. This is perhaps a unique time of the year when we can be positive. At the time of writing we have kept hold of our best players, shed some of the flab and have added a couple of useful players to the squad.

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At the time of writing Sky have failed to sell John Stones to Chelsea/Manchester United much to their disgust and Lukaku is apparently going to be fit to lead the line with Mirallas and even Deleufeu in line for a start. Exciting times.

Shame we couldn’t add a striker/number 10/central defender/Aaron Lennon to the squad as yet but we should have enough to beat a Watford side that is being bundled together under the guidance of a new manager.

The only way I’ll be worried is if we line up with McGeady and Kone as our attacking threat. Martinez wouldn’t do that to us, would he? Would he?

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It’s been quite tricky to write a review of Watford’s chances as they have a lot of new players and a new manager – Slavisa Jokanovic – who Martinez claims is an intelligent manager who did well previously at Atletico Madrid. Like any manager it will sometimes take time to bring new players into a new footballing philosophy so we can only hope that if he is going to start getting his team playing like Atletico that this happens later in the season!

The first thing people may ask who support Everton is “which striker hasn’t scored for months” as we have the unenviable habit of being on the end of strikers who have not scored for, well, years sometimes. I still have flashbacks of that Derby striker who played one game, scored the winner against us and then got deported for not having a work permit…

Right, Ighalo hasn’t scored for 5 league games. Pile on lads and lasses!!

What’s their away record like? Well last season they won 13 of their 23 away games in the league, losing just six in a competitive division. They scored 43 goals away from home in that time as opposed to 48 at home, proving that they won’t be scared to come out and attack teams.

They also spread their goals around last season, with Troy Deeney scoring 21 goals but being only just ahead of Odion Ighalo with 20 and Matej Vydra on 16 (who has now signed on a permanent deal for them).

They have added a large number of players to their squad including the familiar name of Etienne Capoue of Spurs and have also bought heavily from the Italian Serie A. I don’t watch a lot of that league but the pundits seem impressed with the quality of what has been bought.

As I say, the Watford squad may provide a lot of unknowns on Saturday. I still think we’ll have enough though to possibly win with an undeserved penalty in the 83rd minute following the inevitable scuffed equaliser from Watford. Ah, gotta love Goodison, eh?

Prediction: Everton 2 Watford 1