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Matchday live

7:55 PM

We'll be back

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, but our Match Review page will be up shortly with exclusive post-match interviews, a full match report and extended highlights to follow.


The international break now provides the Golden Boys with a chance to regroup before we return to Vicarage Road for the visit of West Ham United.


Safe travels for all those heading home, we'll see you again in two weeks' time.

7:40 PM

On the plus side...


7:25 PM

“It's not easy to explain this defeat” - Silva

Head Coach Marco Silva fronted up to the broadcast media after the game:


"It's not easy to explain this defeat.


"We reacted after 3-2, and we showed the character to come back, which is not easy. We had chances to score, but hit the bar and then had the penalty. 


"[The penalty awarded against us was] a harsh decision, but it's not easy for the referee. That moment is the decision of the referee, but I think we need to do something different before.


"We know they tried to give everything but I think it's our mistake to let them back into the game. Everybody felt during the match we were in control but they started to believe once they got the first goal.


"I think we deserved to win, but we have to learn from this and this can happen in football."


7:10 PM


Richarlison and Kabasele score for the Golden Boys.


6:55 PM

Gray on Toffees loss

Andre Gray spoke to Sky Sports after the final whistle:


"We were on top until they got first goal back, then we fell apart. I don't know whether through a lack of concentration or getting too confident.


"The goal gave crowd a lift, and we've got to know how to deal with that. There's no one to blame in the team, the team loses collectively."

6:40 PM


Difficult day at the office for the Hornets. Marco Silva's men will wonder just how that got away from them. 


6:32 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Everton 3-2 Watford

The first half was goalless, but the second came to life immediately as Richarlison slotted in from close range.


The Hornets then went two goals to the good, with Christian Kabasele nodding in from a corner, but the hosts came back from behind to win the game with the help of a very controversial penalty.


Oumar Niasse tapped into an empty net after rounding substitute goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home from a corner to level the game.


But the drama was to come in the dying minutes, with José Holebas penalised for tripping Aaron Lennon, even though it appeared that the former Greek international had simply slipped over himself.


Leighton Baines had the chance to convert from the spot and placed the ball right in the corner past Karnezis, who dived the right way but couldn't get quite close enough.


Twelve minutes of time were added on for length injury treatments, and Watford had their own spot-kick in that time after Richarlison was brought down in the area by Jordan Pickford.


Former Toffee Tom Cleverley stepped up, but dragged his effort disappointingly wide of goal to let Everton off the hook, as the Hornets slip to a third straight defeat.

6:29 PM - 90 MIN

Cleverley misses from the spot

A chance to draw the game from the penalty spot goes begging as Cleverley drags his shot wide to the left of the goal...there's utter disbelief in the away end.

6:20 PM - 90 MIN

Everton turn it around

Disaster for Watford but there's a hint of misfortune about this one. 

Holebas loses his footing completely in the penalty area and takes out Aaron Lennon as a result. Graham Scott points to the spot, and Karnezis can't keep out Leighton's Baines' penalty. 

6:18 PM - 90 MIN



Everton Everton
3 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
6:12 PM - 85 MIN

Substitution Everton




6:07 PM - 74 MIN

Calvert-Lewin levels

Everton fire in a deep corner and substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads back across Karnezis for 2-2. The Hornets have lost the organisation here. 

6:06 PM - 78 MIN


Watford FC




6:01 PM - 73 MIN



Everton Everton
2 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
5:56 PM - 66 MIN

Niasse halves the deficit

Niasse profits from a mix-up between Kabasele and Karnezis, tapping the ball into an empty net.

5:55 PM - 66 MIN



Everton Everton
1 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
5:52 PM - 64 MIN

Kabasele doubles the lead!

Bullet from Kaba! Holebas whips a teasing corner into that area a goalkeeper hates, and the Hornets' Belgian defender powers a header past the rooted Pickford. 0-2!

5:51 PM - 63 MIN



Everton Everton
0 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
5:44 PM - 54 MIN

Double save! Gomes to the rescue!

Vital stops from the ageless Heurelho Gomes. 

Sigurdsson's drive forces the Brazilian into a two handed save to his right, and he needs to be up quick to claw away Rooney's cross back in. 

He and Kabasele both took knocks in defending the Watford goalline, and a blow to Gomes' head is going to force him off here. Orestis Karnzis on for his debut. 

5:43 PM - 55 MIN

Substitution Everton




5:33 PM - 46 MIN

Second bite of the cherry for Richarlison

The ball falls kindly for Gray, who chips the ball over to Richarlison free down the left. 


The winger shows he's learnt from his earlier miss, stabbing home with the outside of his boot from close range. Get in!

5:33 PM - 46 MIN



Everton Everton
0 - 1
Watford FC Watford FC
5:33 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The second half commences.

5:17 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Everton 0-0 Watford

The half ends goalless, with Richarlison having the best chance to put the Hornets ahead. The Brazilian livewire rounded the keeper but hit the side-netting with the angle ever-tightening.

5:06 PM - 35 MIN

Hughes with me?

Will Hughes has been excellent so far. Comfortable in possession and really making the Hornets tick when they do break forward. 

5:00 PM


Tom Cleverley gets in on the action against his former side.

4:51 PM - 22 MIN

Chance for Everton

Rooney's cross-shot finds Baines fortuitously at the back-post, and the former England man forces a pretty routine save from Gomes. 

4:46 PM - 16 MIN

Thought it was in!

Cleverley plays a one-two from a short corner then whips it back in to the far post, with the ball almost nestling into the top corner, but instead it glances the roof of the net. That's the closest the Hornets have come to opening the scores.

4:40 PM - 10 MIN

Cagey opening

Not much to report so far at Goodison. The home side have got the crowd behind them and have shown slightly more attacking threat but it remains 0-0. 

4:30 PM - 1 MIN


Come on you 'Orns!

4:25 PM

Team Reminder


4:20 PM


Someone is happy to be starting! 👀

4:15 PM

Our time is now...


👌🏻 | Ready! #watfordfc

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4:10 PM


One Hornet stopped to make a young fan's day on his way into Goodison Park...obrigado Richarlison!

4:05 PM

It's not warm!

The travelling Hornets are set for a chilly one at Goodison Park ❄️❄️❄️

4:00 PM

“We have to be ready” - Silva

Watford Head Coach Marco Silva spoke to the broadcast media prior to kick-off:


"We expect good things from Will [Hughes] and Andre [Gray] but we expect good things from the whole team. It's a debut for Will, he is learning every day and the signs he gave to me these last weeks show me he's ready to play. 


"Our idea and philosophy always need to be there. We play against good teams, we analyse and we know what we need to do different.


"Of course, they [Everton] want to change their situation, we respect them and it's a tough game for both teams. We expect them to start strong and we have to be ready to start strong as well."

3:50 PM

Let's go!

Heurelho Gomes is first out for the Hornets!

3:40 PM

“We know what we need to do” - Kabasele

Christian Kabasele spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this afternoon's game against Everton:


"We played some good games away and we need to think about this to perform well today.


"It's not easy to come here and win so we need to be ready. We know what we need to do to avoid a third defeat.


"There is never a good time to come here, I saw their manager describe this as a final so we know they will be extra motivated to win today."

3:30 PM

The Teams

The big news in the Watford line-up is the full league debut of Will Hughes, who comes in for Etienne Capoue.

Hughes will likely adopt the number 10 role, flanked by Andre Carrillo and Richarlison, with Tom Cleverley retreating into the midfield two to join Abdoulaye Doucoure.

As expected, Andre Gray comes in to play in attack in the absence of the suspended Troy Deeney. Stefano Okaka and Jerome Sinclair are on the bench. 

For Everton, the big guns return after their Europa league exploits. Wayne Rooney, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson all start on a big day for the Toffees in front of their own fans. 

HORNETS | Gomes (GK) (C); Femenia, Britos, Kabasele, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucoure; Carrillo, Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

Subs: Karnezis (GK), Janmaat, Mariappa, Sinclair, Watson, Capoue, Okaka.

TOFFEES | Pickford (GK); Kenny, Keane, Jagielka (C), Baines; Baningime, Gueye; Davies, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Niasse.

Subs: Robles (GK), Williams, Lennon, Besic, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Lookman.


3:25 PM

The Fan View

3:20 PM

Then and Now

Tom Cleverley played 42 times for the Toffees, scoring twice, before heading to Watford on loan for the second time in his career.


Since rejoining the Hornets permanently this summer he's played a vital role in Watford's great start to the season, netting the late winner against Arsenal at Vicarage Road a particular highlight.

3:10 PM

“He’s really helping me to progress” - Doucouré

Abdoulaye Doucouré spoke to the Guardian earlier this week, and talked about the impact Marco Silva has had on his Watford career - here's a snippet below:


"He is very meticulous. He’s close to his players but uses competition to get the best out of us while also bringing the squad together.


"Me personally, he has given me advice about positioning and improving my decisions. It’s been very interesting.


"We do a lot of work with him on videos both as a team and individually. With me he goes through things I’ve done well and any mistakes I’ve made. He’s really helping me to progress."


You can read the full article here.

3:00 PM

Carrillo's corker!

2:55 PM

Calm before the storm?

2:50 PM

“He gives you confidence” - Carrillo

Watford's André Carrillo has spoken about working with Hornets Head Coach Marco Silva, first in Portugal and now in England, in an interview for the Daily Star:


"He speaks to you face to face, gives you confidence and makes everyone believe they are part of the team,” said Carrillo.


"But if he needs to say things in a stronger way, he will. We get shouted at sometimes. But it’s good. Every manager needs to show he is in command.


"I had a very good year with him at Sporting but I knew him before that because he used to manage Estoril, a team nobody believed in and he managed to qualify for the Europa League.


"It is similar to Watford. At the beginning the objective was to stay up. But now the objective is to go to Europe – and we can do it.”


Read the full article here.

2:40 PM

Team News

Good news from the treatment room as far as Watford are concerned, but not necessarily for today's encounter. 

Roberto Pereyra (hamstring) is on the mend but today's game will come too soon for the Argentine schemer. Younès Kaboul and Sebastian Prödl are back in training, but they, like Pereyra, will likely be back in contention after the international break. 

2:30 PM

We're live from Goodison Park

There's been five 1-0 wins in the Premier League this weekend, and another in the Hornets' favour at Goodison Park would be a great way to go into the international break. 

We're live all afternoon here on with preview, match updates, live audio commentary and match reaction, so stay tuned!