Everton vs Watford: Team news, preview, betting prediction

Everton home ground Goodison Park

Everton vs Watford
Saturday 17th August
Goodison Park

Team news

Marco Silva is monitoring Andre Gomes' fitness situation.

The former Barcelona midfielder limped out of Everton's opening match of the season against Crystal Palace just before the end of first half and is not sure to be fit for this weekend game.

New signing Fabian Delph is still out due to a thigh injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended for the game following his sending-off against Crystal Palace, but left-back Leighton Baines is back in training.

Danny Welbeck is an option for Javi Garcia after training and regaining full fitness, but record signing Ismaila Sarr will not be involved.

Gerard Deulofeu is expected to feature despite coming off against Brighton last week with an illness.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Masina, Quina are all back in the team.

@Komptrolla's Prediction and betting tip

Many would argue that Everton would have triumphed at Crystal Palace if not for the red card to Morgan Shneiderlin and the Eagles can thank their luck that Marco Silva didn’t start the highly promising Moise Kean.

The Toffees are home to Watford and going by the Hornets’ horrendous opening day showings against Brighton, then your guess is as good as ours.

Similar playing style will clash; power and trickery upfront, robust midfield and whoever blinks first will wish they never did.

Verdict: Everton to win

Player to watch: Moise Kean

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