After Saturday’s capitulation on the south coast there is massive pressure upon Marco Silva’s shoulders, the Carabao Cup could be his last chance of redemption.
Everton will face Watford for the second time this season at Goodison, after picking up one of their only three league wins up against the Hornets.
A Bernard strike was enough to seal the points that day, giving Everton four points from a possible six. Things were looking up after the meeting in August, it has been a complete horror show for the Blues since.
The Carabao Cup is already coming to its business end, with Tuesday evenings winners progressing to the quarter final of the competition.
Watford have suffered a terrible start to their 2019/20 campaign.
Winless after 10 Premier League games, four points adrift from safety and Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are the lowest scorers in the division.
The League Cup has been Watford’s only saving grace thus far, beating Coventry and Swansea to set up this clash against Everton
The hosts will be without Bernard after sustaining an off-the-ball injury at the Amex on Saturday.
Yerry Mina is a doubt.
The visitors have a lengthy injury list, they will be without Tom Cleverley, Troy Deeney, Jose Holebas and Danny Welbeck.
Etienne Capoue, Kiko, Ismaila Sarr and Isaac Success are all doubts.
Simon Hooper will be in charge of the cards for this one. In seven games this season he has dished out a whopping 32 yellow cards.