Match Preview: Everton v Watford

Recent Meetings

12 May 2017 Everton 1-0 Watford
10 Dec 2016 Watford 2-3 Everton
9 Apr 2016 Watford 1-1 Everton
8 Aug 2015 Everton 2-2 Watford
24 Feb 2007 Everton 3-0 Watford

Overview

  • 5 defeats in a row now for Everton.
  • From now until New Year, every game is a must win game.
  • Considering David Unsworth’s only games in this current tenure as caretaker manager have been away from home and Everton have always been dreadful away from home, a match at Goodison could change morale.

The Opposition

  • Watford have 15 points – nearly twice as many as Everton.
  • They have had the odd great result (Watford 2-1 Arsenal) and the odd not so great result (Watford 0-6 Manchester City).
  • They have lost their last 2 league games.
  • They have been known to leave it late – they have scored 4 goals in the 90th minute (plus added time) this season.

Opposition’s Most Recent Match – Watford 0-1 Stoke

  • The most noteworthy statistic from this game this is Watford’s shots – 15 altogether, but not a single one was on target.
  • By comparison, Stoke had 6 shots, 2 on target.
  • Watford also dominated possession – they had 70% of the ball.
  • They dominated the passing as well – a pass accuracy of 81%. Stoke had a poor 59%.
  • 40% of match action was also in Watford’s attacking third.
  • But alas, the most important statistic is the scoreline, and Watford somehow ended up without a point.

One To Watch

Richarlison – 2017/18 Premier League
Goals 3
Assists 2
Shots 35
Shots On Target 6
Key Passes 13
Successful Tackles 22

Richarlison has also lost possession 62 times – more than any other player in the Premier League.

Key Stats

  • Everton have fallen behind in 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions.
  • Everton have lost 8 of their last 10 games on a Sunday.
  • Everton have won 10 of their 11 meetings with Watford at Goodison (1 draw).
  • Everton and Watford have played each other on a Sunday only once before – a 2-1 win for Watford in March 1987 with Mark Falco scoring an 85th-minute winner.
  • This is Everton and Watford’s first ever meeting in November.

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