Everton’s winless run stretched to an embarrassing eight games after Thursday night’s horror show in Lyon.
The last time the Blues tasted success was back in September when Oumar Niasse downed Bournemouth.
David Unsworth’s side welcome a rebuilt Watford with promising manager Marco Silva at the helm.
The Portuguese boss showed signs of what he could do at Hull, but the damage was done before his arrival, and as much as he tried he couldn’t save an already sunken ship.
But it is his start for the Hornets that has caught the eye.
Narrowly avoiding the drop last season in 17th place prompted the club to sack Walter Mazzarri after just one season and Silva currently has his troops sitting in a respectable 8th.
But after a brave loss at Stamford Bridge and then gifting Stoke all three points at Vicarage Road in the last two fixtures there is weaknesses in the outfit, weaknesses an Everton side sitting in the relegation zone need to cash in on if they have any hope of saving this disastrous season.
Who are the visitors’ dangermen?
Former Brazilian youth international Richarlison has caught the eye since his summer move from Fluminense.
A pacey creative attacker who knows how to find the net, and with Everton’s shaky backline he will fancy his chances to add to the three Watford goals he has already scored.
Richarlison has been directly involved in five goals this season.
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One of the Blues’ biggest problems at the back is how to deal with fast players.
And that is just what Andre Gray is, the former Burnley man will be relishing the chance, if selected, to run at some of the least mobile players in the Premier League.
Team news –
Watford will be without captain Troy Deeney after his coming together with Joe Allen last weekend earned him a three-game suspension.
Midfielder Roberto Pereyra and defenders Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul will also miss out on the L4 clash due to injuries.
Cuco Martina will be out for ‘a number of weeks after his nasty fall in Lyon.
So, out of two cups and in the bottom three, and it has only just turned November!
It’s looking grim for a team with so much expectation and promise at the start of the campaign.
But if there was ever a time to reignite a season then it is the present… this Sunday against Watford with the backing of the Goodison faithful.
Up the Toffees.