Everton and Watford will wrap up round 16 of the current Premier League season when they meet at Goodison Park on Monday, 10 December 2018, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.
Everton is still looking to shake off the effects of their dramatic 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last weekend. Marco Silva’s team had put in a fine performance at Anfield on December 2 and would have been full value for a share of the spoils.
However, deep in injury time, a lucky slice high into the air from Virgil Van Dijk and a calamitous goalkeeping error from Jordan Pickford allowed Divock Origi a fairytale goal which sparked wild celebrations from the Reds and promoted deep depression for the Toffees.
Nonetheless, with Everton fighting the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City for the sixth spot on the log, it is important that they banish the negativity and rediscover their peak form ahead of a tough schedule which will see them battle Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur within the next two weeks.
Watford comes into his game on the back of a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday night, a result which brought their winless streak in the league to five matches (four of which have ended in defeat).
Manager Javi Gracia is under pressure to turn around his team’s spiralling form and ensure they remain well clear of the relegation zone.
Everton v Watford – Head-to-head, Premier League
In head-to-head stats, Everton and Watford have met in 10 Premier League matches. The Toffees have claimed six wins compared to two for the Hornets, while two games have been drawn. The Merseyside team has not lost at home in this rivalry in the Premier League era.
Everton and Watford’s two league meetings last season saw each team claim a home victory: the Toffees triumphed 3-2 at Goodison Park (where they came from two goals down and scored a last-minute penalty through Leighton Baines to pick up all three points) and the Hornets won 1-0 at Vicarage Road thanks to a late goal from Troy Deeney.
Matches played 10
Everton wins 6
Watford wins 2
Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)