Watford v Everton team news & stats

Date published: Friday 8th April 2016 10:48

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Everton will be hoping a very strong record against Watford will stand them in good stead for Saturday afternoon’s trip to Vicarage Road.

Team news

Quique Sanchez Flores has no fresh injury concerns for Watford and can call upon Valon Berami again after the midfielder recovered from an illness.

Everton welcome back Gareth Barry to the squad after serving a two-match suspension, while Leighton Baines is also set to be included after apologising for his negative comments about the team.

Opta stats

  • In the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, Watford twice led but could only hold onto a 2-2 draw. Ross Barkley and Arouna Kone both scored in the final 15 minutes for Everton.
  • Everton have won nine of their last 10 games against Watford in all competitions (W9 D1 L0), last losing to the Hornets in March 1987.
  • Watford’s only clean sheet against Everton in any match came in their first meeting in August 1982 – they’ve since gone 20 matches without a shutout against the Toffees.
  • Everton have suffered three consecutive league defeats; they last lost four in a row between December 2014 and January 2015.
  • The Toffees have also failed to find the back of the net in their last two Premier League games; they last failed to score in three consecutive top-flight games in April 2006 (four in total in that run).
  • Watford have lost each of their last four league games; they last suffered five consecutive league defeats back in November 2008, when in the Championship.
  • Watford have lost two in a row at home in the Premier League; they’ve never suffered three consecutive home defeats in the competition.
  • Only Crystal Palace (3) have gained fewer points than Watford in 2016 (8).
  • Of English players in the Premier League this season, only Leicester’s Marc Albrighton (58) has created more chances than both Troy Deeney and Ross Barkley (48 each).
  • The Toffees have earned 499 points on the road in the Premier League.


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