Everton are guaranteed European football next season thanks to what has been a decent season and they will be eager to sign-off 2016/17 with some positive results as they look forward to their adventures on the continent. Whilst the Toffees have failed to register a single victory in their last three Premier League outings, Ronald Koeman’s men have been particularly solid at Goodison Park and should have few problems in overcoming Watford on Friday evening.
Everton’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea late last month ended a four-game unbeaten run during which they drew with Manchester United at Old Trafford and defeated Leicester City and Burnley before returning a goal-less draw at West Ham United. Nevertheless their previous seven home games had all ended in victory with the likes of Manchester City being put to the sword to the tune of 4-0 and Bournemouth thrashed 6-3. The Toffees put three past West Brom without reply and hammered Hull City 4-0, therefore we have little hesitation in backing Koeman’s side to do the business in front of the home fans on Friday.
Prior to the Chelsea defeat, Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net in his previous seven home games and we fancy his chances of adding to the scoresheet against a Hornets outfit which are far-from-impressive away from Vicarage Road this season with defeat in their last five away games. Walter Mazzarri’s men are effectively safe from the drop, however mathematically they could yet be dragged back into the mire were there a remarkable set of results over the coming weeks.
Neither side will be in high spirits following recent disappointments, however we feel it unlikely that the visitors will have too much joy against a Toffees side which are solid in front of the home supporters.