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Everton vs Watford: Silva lining for Toffees?

Everton vs Watford Match Preview and Predictions

Marco Silva will be the centre of attention when Everton host his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday Night Football.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Silva was sacked by the Hornets in January and this will be the first time he has come up against his former employers.

The Portuguese had been a target for Everton after their sacking of Ronald Koeman but they eventually had to appoint Sam Allardyce, who Silva then replaced in May. Watford made an official complaint to the Premier League over the matter so there will be extra spice to this fixture.

Match information

When is it? Monday December 10th

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Goodison Park

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event

Who is the referee? Kevin Friend

Everton vs Watford Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Monday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The lowdown

Everton go into the match three points above Watford, who have faded after a bright start to the season.

They have taken just one point from their last five matches but their fans will be keen for them to get back on track at Silva's expense.

Asked about facing his old club, Silva said: "It is not the first time in my life and for sure it will not be the last.

"I look forward to the match, a tough match for sure, and it will be good to see some of the players who worked with me, some good friends as well I have in the club."

Watford may be motivated to raise their game but recent form means Everton have to be the favourites as they push for a top-six place.

The Hornets have lost six of the eight matches they have played against teams who began the weekend above them in the Premier League table so a home win at 4/5 is the first of our Everton vs Watford predictions.

First goalscorer tips

Silva is not the only former Watford man with extra motivation to come out on top, with Richarlison also up against some familiar faces.

The Brazilian netted Everton's equaliser against Newcastle and now has seven goals for his new club this season.

He is the favourite in the first goalscorer odds but that looks justified so take 4/1 for him to open the scoring.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Summer signing Yerry Mina had to wait for his chance as he built up his fitness following the World Cup but has now established himself in the centre of Everton's defence alongside Michael Keane.

The Colombian has started the last four matches and proved at the World Cup that he is a threat at set-pieces with three goals.

It seems only a matter of time before he opens his account and he is 15/2 to do so on Monday night.

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Where the game will be won or lost

A lack of firepower appears to be the biggest threat to Everton's chances of winning here.

They had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Newcastle last time out despite registering 19 shots, and they had netted only one goal across the three matches prior to that - a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, a 1-0 win over Cardiff and the 1-0 derby-day loss at Liverpool.

Watford have also struggled to find the net recently. Since back-to-back wins against Wolves and Huddersfield in October, they have managed only two goals.

For punters looking to back Everton at a bigger price, the odds boost of 5/2 for the Toffees to triumph 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 has plenty of appeal.

The Goodison Park faithful may need to stay patient, though, with Everton not the sort of team to race out of the blocks.

They have been drawing at the break in 12 of their 15 matches this season and been ahead just once so we'll take Draw/Everton at 18/5 in the half-time/full-time market to complete our Everton vs Watford betting tips.

Team news

Silva could have a full complement of players to choose from. Morgan Schneiderlin, who has had a leg issue, is "getting better" and may be available. The midfielder has not been part of the matchday squad for the last seven matches.

Will Hughes (knock) remains a doubt for Watford. Tom Cleverley is close to a return after being sidelined since January with hamstring and Achilles problems, while Etienne Capoue is suspended.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Everton's lack of cutting edge proved costly against Newcastle and they have now scored just two goals in their last four matches so that makes them hard to back and we think Watford have enough quality to earn a draw at Goodison Park.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football