Everton – Watford (Premier League)
Everton and Watford face each other this Friday night, at Goodison Park (Liverpool). This is a match of Premier League´s 37th round. Everton arrive to this match after a 1-0 away loss against Swansea City. They haven’t scored in their last 3 matches. Watford, also arrive to this match after a heavy away loss at King Power Stadium (3-0).
Everton hold the 7th place in the table with 58 points, 13 points advantage over the 8th place, West Brom that have a game in hand, and 2 points behind 6th place, Arsenal, that have 3 games in hand. Their points come from 16 wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats, with 60 goals scored and 41 conceded in the process. In their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 2, drew 1 and lost the other 2. This sequence of results started with a 4-2 home win against Leicester City, that was followed by a 3-2 home win against Burnley, a 0-0 away draw against West Ham, a 0-3 home loss against Chelsea, and as mentioned before, a 1-0 away loss against Swansea City.
At home, so far, Ronald Koeman’s team has played 18 matches: won 12, drew 1 and lost the other 2. In addition, they have scored consistently: they have 41 goals scored and just 16 conceded in the process. At their home ground this is a very strong team, that makes real good use of home advantage. This season, so far they have only lost against Chelsea (0-3) and Liverpool (0-1).
Defeated in their 1st clash this season, Everton will try to revenge that result (3-2) and come out with a victory.
Bolasie, Coleman, Funes Mori, McCarthy and Besic are out due to injury. Morgan Schneiderlin is a questionable player.
Probable Lineup: Sketelenburg – Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines – Gueye, Barry, Davies – Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas.
Watford sit 15th position in the table, with 40 points, which comes from 11 victories, 7 draws and 17 defeats, with 37 goals scored and 58 goals conceded. They are 6 points above the relegation zone, having a game in hand. In their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have just won 1 and lost the other 4. This sequence of results started with a 4-0 away loss against Tottenham. This result was followed by a 1-0 home win against Swansea City, a 2-0 away loss against Hull City, a 0-1 home loss against Liverpool, and as mentioned before, a 3-0 away loss against Leicester City.
Away from home in the Premier League so far, the team has played 17 matches: drew 3, lost 11 and have just won 3. Their form away from home is very poor, since they are, at the moment, in a five-game winless run.
Mathematically, Watford can still go to the relegation zone, but they would have to lose their 3 remaining games.
Roberto Pereyra, Mauro Zárate, Younes Kaboul and Miguel Britosare out due to injury. Craig Cathcart and Ben Watson are questionable players.
Probable Lineup: Heurelho Gomes – Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele – Amrabat, Capoue, Doucouré, Cleverly, Janmaat – Niang, Okaka.
Failed to score in five consecutive away league games, Watford have been showing many problems away from home, so they will probably be struggling to win at Goodison Park this Friday. Everton will try their best and give their fans a deserved victory.