Both these sides will be very pleased with where they are sitting in the Premier League table going into this weekend, but Everton will be even more grateful after a topsy-turvy season that has seen them jump up from 17th to 9th since Sam Allardyce took over the managerial reins in late-November.
Watford will be looking to re-conjure some of the magic that saw them storm to an unexpected 4-1 victory over Chelsea earlier in the month, while Everton will be looking to keep it tight at the back after Sam Allardyce confirmed that both Eliaquim Mangala and Seamus Coleman will miss this encounter.
Here’s what our writers are seeing going down tomorrow after looking into their crystal balls:
It will be an interesting game between teams that have incredibly underwhelming respective records – Everton are 17th in the away table, but Watford are 18th in the home one. If I were to choose a winner I’d say Watford simply because I think they have a better balance between defence and attack, particularly since signing Gerard Deulofeu.
The Toffees appear to be either too defensive or too open at the moment and Sam Allardyce clearly isn’t wholly happy with the complexion of his squad.
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Whoever wins this has a chance of finishing the season strongly. Everton need a win to really kickstart progress under Sam Allardyce, who has had the last two weeks to work with his players – that’s his bread and butter. Watford, on the other hand, have had the same amount of time for new manager Javi Gracia to get his own ideas across.
Watford win. Everton seem to have had Watford’s number in the last few years, with the Toffees having lost just two of their last 24 games against the Hertfordshire side.
Their injury-maligned defence has been haemorrhaging goals recently though, and Watford will have more than enough opportunities to get in behind them.