Everton vs Watford: BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson delivers verdict

BBC Football pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed his latest set of Premier League predictions for the upcoming fixtures this weekend, and he believes an out of form Everton will end a dismal sequence of results with a win against Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Toffees will come into the clash on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday night – a reverse that saw them eliminated from the competition – which was their fifth straight loss in all competitions.

In fact, the Merseyside outfit are without a win in their last eight outings, and two wins in 10 Premier League matches so far this term mean they are in 18th in the standings despite a big summer of spending.

David Unsworth’s chances of succeeding the sacked Ronald Koeman on a permanent basis look to be fading seeing as the club has lost all of the three matches he has been in caretaker charge of, and they welcome a Watford side that has exceeded expectations this season.

The Hornets currently lie eighth in the table following an impressive start to life under Marco Silva, although they have followed up the impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal last month with defeats against Chelsea and then Stoke City last time out.

Striker Troy Deeney will be suspended for the trip to Merseyside after receiving a retrospective three-match ban for his altercation with the Potters’ Joe Allen last weekend, in which Darren Fletcher’s strike proved to be the difference between the two clubs.

Despite the situation Everton find themselves in, Lawrenson believes they will get a much-needed three points on Sunday.

He told BBC Football: “I know Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth really well and I cannot believe the furore over him losing his first two games.

“He didn’t take a lot of the senior players to Lyon for the Europa League game on Thursday so that shows where Everton’s focus is.

“Their predicament means they need to win some points in the league and I think they will beat Watford.

“Watford made a great start but they could, and should, have got something from Chelsea and then they got done at Stoke. I wonder if they are on a poor run at the moment.”

 


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