Saturday 9 February, kick-off 3pm
Vicarage Road – Premier League
This Watford vs Everton prediction features something of a grudge match between two previously unlikely rivals. Last season’s Marco Silva saga means the Hornets have a bee in their bonnet when it comes to the Toffees and this Premier League preview.
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Everton are looking a little more comfortable away from home at the moment, but after more time to prepare, we’re backing Watford to pick up the win on Saturday. We expect the Toffees to have their say, with a both teams to score bet 8/11 in this football prediction. You can add the hosts as the winners to that for 7/2 with bet365, with a 2-1 home win priced at 9/1 with the same bookmaker.
Watford to win and both teams to score
Troy Deeney ramped up the tension with his dig at Marco Silva this week, although the Watford captain urged the home fans not to give their visitors any added motivation by getting on their old manager’s back. Deeney will fancy his chances of getting amongst this faltering Everton defence, and he’s 13/2 with Betfair to open the scoring. He is 21/10 with the same bookie in the anytime market, and 60/1 in a 2-1 Watford scorecast.
Troy Deeney to score first
Two of the last five meetings between these sides have finished 3-2 to the home team. Watford are 28/1 with bet365 to win this game by the same margin as part of your football score predictions. If you’re after a big win in your free football betting tips, try adding Deeney to that bet as the first scorer for 182/1 with Betfair.
Watford to win 3-2
What’s the story with Watford vs Everton?
Is Watford vs Everton on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Former Watford forward Richarlison gave his new club the lead when the teams met at Goodison Park in December. However, a Seamus Coleman own goal and Abdoulaye Doucoure strike put Watford ahead. Lucas Digne had the last say with a dramatic 96th-minute free-kick to rescue a point for Everton.
What are the Watford vs Everton odds? Watford are the 11/8 favourites in your Premier League predictions, while Everton are priced at 23/10 with bet365. The draw’s 5/2 with the same bookmaker, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…Troy Deeney scored a late winner in last season’s corresponding fixtures. The teams were locked at 0-0 heading towards the final 10 minutes, before the Watford skipper sealed the victory for his team.
Team news and form
Last six: WWDWLD
Hornets top scorer Roberto Pereyra has been ruled out of these Watford vs Everton predictions, which is a major blow for Javi Gracia. He’s out for another couple of weeks with a hamstring problem. Doucoure faces a late fitness test, but Kiko Femenia is expected to return. Sebastian Prodl and Isaac Success are both injured and miss out.
Last six: WLLWLL
Phil Jagielka continues his spell on the sidelines. Toffees boss Silva may wish he was available following Everton’s recent defensive disarray. Yerry Mina is a doubt, but Kurt Zouma could carry on at centre-back even if the Colombian is fit. Digne will play at left-back after his heroics against Watford earlier this season, with Leighton Baines an injury doubt.
Watford vs Everton prediction, preview and betting tips
The meeting between these sides at Goodison Park earlier this season ended a run of four straight home wins in this fixture, each by a single goal. With just a single point separating eighth-placed Watford and Everton in ninth, these football predictions look set to be tight. Can the home team gain revenge over their visitors over last season’s Silva debacle?
The answer is pretty tough to predict, thanks to the inconsistency both sides have shown this term. Watford are back on home soil after a goalless draw at Brighton last weekend, which followed their late heartbreak against Tottenham at Wembley. The defeat to Spurs is the Hornet’s only loss in their last eight fixtures, while Chelsea were the only team to beat them in the four before that.
Watford have won their last two home games against Everton, 1-0 last season and 3-2 the year before. They’ve never beaten an opponent three times in a row at Vicarage Road in the Premier League. That particular record could be broken in this Watford v Everton predictions, although the Hornets need to turn draws into victories. They’ve only actually won one of their last seven in the league, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 last month.
Everton meanwhile lost to Manchester City at Goodison Park in midweek. Playing an extra 90 minutes ahead of this game against the Premier League’s passmasters is far from ideal. At least they didn’t do any favours for local rivals Liverpool as they lost 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side. That followed a poor 3-1 defeat at home to Wolves.
The Toffees won their last away game, 1-0 at Huddersfield Town. They haven’t recorded back-to-back wins on the road since September 2016 though. The pressure’s on Silva in his first season at Goodison, ahead of this first trip to his old stomping ground. Vicarage Road wasn’t exactly a fortress under the Portuguese though, where he only won three of his 12 Premier League fixtures as manager.
Watford will be really determined to pile the misery on their former boss. They’ve tailed off at home after winning their first three matches of the season in front of their home fans, but we fancy them to get back on track here. Since the Hornets were promoted back to the top flight in 2015, this fixture’s seen 22 goals in seven games. That’s why we’re backing over 2.5 goals at 19/20 with Betfair in our Watford vs Everton betting tips. Those odds rise to 11/4 with the same bookmaker with the hosts winning.
Watford vs Everton first goalscorer predictions
Ex-Watford man Richarlison is the 6/1 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday. The Brazilian already has 10 Premier League goals so far this term, double his tally for the Hornets last term. Andre Gray is back to full fitness after his injury troubles, and he’s 7/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game.
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.