Watford v Everton tips: Hornets and Toffees to share spoils at Vicarage Road
Can the Toffees put their dismal run behind them and take something from Vicarage Road this weekend?
December 9th, 2016
The weekend Premier League action kicks-off with a clash between Watford and Everton at lunchtime on Saturday and with the visiting Toffees winless in their last four outings, manager Ronald Koeman will be demanding nothing less than three points at Vicarage Road.
Everton sit eighth in the Premier League table and pressure will certainly be piling upon the Dutchman’s shoulders following some unconvincing recent performances. A point at home to Manchester United was a decent enough result last weekend but it is Everton’s form away from home which is causing most concern with the side managing just a single point in their last five games away from Goodison Park. Clearly the situation need to improve dramatically should the Toffees wish to be in with a chance of securing European football next term and Koeman has stated that he is planning changes which could improve matters.
“I still have the belief we will be successful at Everton,” Koeman said to reporters. “Maybe we need a little more time. Maybe we need to make more changes in the team. Maybe we need it for next season. We know it is a new project and everybody knows that takes time. We had a good start, it is a difficult time now but that is football. We need at least this winter and we need next summer to make changes in this club.”
Clearly Koeman needs to do something but he obviously needs to utilise what he currently has at his disposal, although we’re not so sure that the current squad are good enough to fight for a European place this season. Indeed we’re not even confident of their abilities to bring the three points home with them this weekend.
Nevertheless Watford haven’t been having things their own way of late, Walter Mazzarri’s men losing three of their last four Premier League outings with a 6-1 hammering at Anfield and more concerning recent defeats to Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. Mazzarri placed much of the blame for these defeats in the hands of the match officials although the fans are clearly becoming frustrated with their manager’s excuses.
Aside from their recent home defeat to Stoke City, the Hornets have been relatively solid at Vicarage Road since the start of the season with only Arsenal and Chelsea leaving with maximum points. Everton’s form on the road makes us particularly wary of backing them to win this weekend although we do believe that they can force a share of the spoils.
Neither side are exactly banging in the goals and this match has all the makings of a low-scoring encounter. Neither team have strikers who are on top form and with both sides eager to avoid defeat, a rather tense ninety minutes of numerous wasted chances and cagey football will see the spoils shared at Vicarage Road this weekend.