Watford v Everton Betting Tips – 24th February 2018
Oh to be a fly on the wall of the boardroom at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
You can only imagine the tension when the bigwigs of Watford and Everton shake hands after the two clubs fell out over Everton’s pursuit of Marco Silva.
The Toffees offered a reported £10 million to try and prise Silva away from Watford but the Hornets stayed strong and kept their manager. Temporarily at least.
Results took a nose dive following Silva’s flirtation with Everton to such an extent that he was sacked and replaced with Javi Gracia within a day.
Things haven’t got much better for Watford under their new manager. He did oversee the impressive 4-1 win over Chelsea but his side were very much second best last time out against West Ham.
There’s a real danger of Watford being dragged into the relegation mire but Gracia will believe his team can ease those fears by making the most of Everton’s poor recent record on their travels and get revenge for Everton’s win over the Hornets at Goodison Park.
Everton’s Away Day Blues to Continue
Everton’s failure to sign Silva left them in something of a panic. It was clear that they couldn’t rely on caretaker manager, David Unsworth, for too much longer given the team’s shocking results so they turned their attentions back to Sam Allardyce who had previously turned an offer down.
Allardyce wasn’t interested in a short term deal and eventually negotiated a contract that runs until the end of next season. While that’s good for Allardyce it’s not gone down well with the Everton fans who are unconvinced – to say the least – that he is the man to lead the club forwards.
Although they’ve picked up enough points at home to move them clear of any real relegation worries, their performances away from Goodison Park have been shocking.
Everton sunk without a trace against Arsenal and Tottenham, were beaten by Bournemouth and have only scored three league goals since Allardyce took over.
Watford have suffered some shocking defeats at Vicarage Road this season but they’ll be buoyed by their win over the defending champions at the start of the month and should capitalise on Everton’s away day woes to win at 71/50 with Marathonbet.
Deulofeu Can Haunt His Former Team
After coming through the youth system at Barcelona, Gerard Deulofeu was loaned out to Everton to give him top flight experience in another country.
The tricky winger quickly won over the Everton fans and was eventually signed to a permanent deal by the Merseyside club. Deulofeu enjoyed his time with the Toffees but there was a feeling that the club never really saw the best of him – at least not consistently – before Barcelona activated their buy back clause in the summer.
He played only sporadically for Barca in the first half of this season and has been farmed out on loan once again, this time to Watford.
Deulofeu can be a frustrating player at times but there’s no doubting his ability to beat his full-back and make something happen.
He’ll be especially keen to star against his old team and could well grab his second Watford goal at 3/1 with Betfair.
Watford to Launch Another Late Assault
Watford’s win over Chelsea was characterised by some excellent football in the first half before they really made the most of their one man advantage in the closing stages.
Gracia wants his team to control games before going for the jugular late on and that’s just what we think they’ll do against Everton.
This throws up a couple of betting opportunities.
The first is betting on Watford to score over 1.5 second half goals at 7/2 with Paddy Power. You can also bet on the second half to have more goals than the second at 11/10 with Betway.