Watford have only tasted defeat twice in their past seven games but only picked up one win during this spell. Javi Gracia’s men drew 0-0 with Brighton on Saturday to remain above Saturday’s opponents Everton.
The Toffees head into this one on the back of some mixed form, winning two of their past six games with four defeats. Everton lost 2-0 to Manchester City at Goodison Park on Wednesday, thus missing the chance to climb above Watford.
They also bowed out of the FA Cup to Millwall recently. A late goal from Murray Wallace gave the Championship side one of the shocks of the round.
Both sides are currently in the running for the seventh place finish that could provide some European football next season giving this match the potential to be a thriller.
Check out 90min’s preview of Saturdays clash below.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Saturday 9 February|
|What Time is Kick Off?||15:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Being Played?|| Vicarage Road|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports News/BT Score|
Abdoulaye Doucoure, Kiko Femenia and Sebastian Prodl all missed out for Watford during the 0-0 draw with Brighton and it is unlikely any of these players will make a return this weekend.
|Watford||Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Mariappa, Janmaat; Capoue, Cleverly, Sema, Hughes; Gray, Deeney.|
|Everton||Pickford; Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne; Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Richarlison, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin|
Head to Head Record
The last meeting ended in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in December. Richarlison gave Everton an early lead before two quick second half goals put the Hornets ahead. Watford were heading for the three points but an injury time free kick from Lucas Digne rescued a point for the home side.
Everton have struggled to win two games on the spin since October, their past three victories have all been followed by a defeat.
Here is how both sides have performed in their past five fixtures.
|Brighton 0-0 Watford (2/2)||Everton 0-2 Manchester City (6/2)|
|Tottenham 2-1 Watford (30/1)||Everton 1-3 Wolves (2/2)|
|Newcastle 0-2 Watford (26/1)||Huddersfield 0-1 Everton (29/1)|
|Watford 0-0 Burnley (19/1)||Millwall 3-2 Everton (26/1)|
|Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford (12/1)||Southampton 2-1 Everton (19/1)|
Everton and Watford will both look at this fixture as a must win to keep within touching distance of European qualification.
Prediction: Watford 1-1 Everton