Watford

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Vicarage Road

24/02/2018 | 5:30 pm

Everton

V

Vicarage Road

24/02/2018 | 5:30 pm

In a sentence: Ninth will visit 11th in the Premier League this weekend when Everton travel to Watford for what should be an entertaining game of football.

Last time: Everton recorded a 3-2 victory over Watford when the pair met at Goodison Park earlier this season. The home side twice fought back to level before Leighton Baines scored a 90th-minute winner from the penalty spot.

This time: Watford are 11/8 to collect all three points with Everton at 23/10 and the draw available at 12/5.

You might remember: Watford beat Everton 3-2 in their last Premier League meeting at Vicarage Road. Stefano Okaka scored twice for the Hornets as they shaded what was a very entertaining game of football in December 2016.

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Richarlison has been the star of Watford’s season after moving from Brazil last summer

Two teams with ambitions of a top-half finish in the Premier League this season will meet at Vicarage Road this weekend as Watford host Everton. Watford will enter the match in 11th position in the table – four points off the ninth-placed Toffees. The Hornets have only ever beaten Everton once in the Premier League, although that success occurred when the pair met in the corresponding match during the 2016-17 season. It should be an open and entertaining game of football from the English capital.

Watford are 11/8 to pick up all three points at Vicarage Road. The Hornets suffered a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United in their last Premier League match, but impressively beat Chelsea 4-1 in their last league fixture on home soil earlier this month. Javi Gracia’s side have lost more times (five) than they have won (four) at Vicarage Road this term, however, and it is that inconsistency that has seen them fail to push the likes of Burnley and Leicester City for a top-seven position at this stage of the campaign.

Everton are 23/10 as the Toffees go in search of their 10th Premier League win of the season. Incredibly, however, just one of their nine league victories to this point has come on their travels. Indeed, Sam Allardyce’s side have collected just eight points from 13 Premier League away fixtures, and they suffered a 5-1 defeat at Arsenal when they travelled to London earlier this month. That said, the Merseyside outfit have won two of their last three Premier League matches, and could move as high as seventh if results go their way this weekend.

The draw is 12/5, and it is worth nothing that two of the last five Premier League matches between these two teams have finished level. Watford, meanwhile, have already drawn four times at Vicarage Road in the league this season. Everton are in decent form, but the Toffees have lost each of their last four away matches in all competitions, and would surely be grateful for a point in this match.

Richarlison is 23/4 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Brazilian can be backed at 14/1 to net two or more times during the 90 minutes. The summer signing has five Premier League goals to his name this season, and there is no question that he has the capabilities of harming Everton’s leaky defence here.

Theo Walcott is 8/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the Englishman can be backed at 16/5 to net at any point during the 90 minutes. Walcott has scored twice for Everton since joining the club from Arsenal at the end of last month, and he has the pace to harm Watford on the counter-attack in this match.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

There have been at least four goals scored in three of the last five Premier League meetings between the two teams, and the goals market has some excellent value this weekend. It is 15/2 that over 4.5 goals are scored, while over 5.5 can be backed as high as 20/1.

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We fancy:

Correct score of 2-2 is available at 29/2. All of the signs point to an open and entertaining game of football at Vicarage Road, and we fancy the spoils to be shared in a 2-2 draw this weekend.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Everton recorded a 3-2 victory in the reverse match at Goodison Park earlier this season, and it is 40/1 that Allardyce’s side are winners by the same scoreline in this match.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.