Opposition Focus: Everton
By Cian Hallahan
Find out more about our hosts ahead of Monday's visit to Goodison Park.
Nickname: The Toffees, The Blues
Manager: Marco Silva
Stadium: Goodison Park (Capacity - 39,572)
Trivia: Everton’s highest-scoring player was Dixie Dean, who scored 349 goals between 1925 and 1937, including 60 goals in one season.
European Cup Winners’ Cup (1984-85)
FA Cup (1905-06, 1932-33, 1965-66, 1983-84 and 1994-95)
Community Shield (1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1986 (shared), 1987 and 1995)
First Division (1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85 and 1986-87)
Second Division (1930-31)
The Toffees finished last season comfortably in 8th place after recording 49 points, they remained unbeaten in the Premier League against their Merseyside rivals, drawing 0-0 at Goodison Park, and 1-1 at Anfield. Since then, Everton have invested heavily in their squad and have changed their style of play and now look far more dangerous in attack than they did under Sam Allardyce last season.
Last Time Out At Goodison Park
Last time the Hornets travelled to Everton, the game was a tale of two halves. The first 45 minutes saw no goals and a tightly contested match, but after the restart the game seemed to come alive as Watford went 2-0 up through Richarlison and Christian Kabasele. But, three minutes after Kabasele doubled the lead, the ship began to sink for Watford.
Oumar Niasse brought Everton back into the match, and then Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised, providing the platform for Everton to snatch all three points. With two penalties in added time, Leighton Baines slotted home, but Tom Cleverley was unable to convert, meaning the Hornets were defeated 3-2 in Merseyside.
The Boss - Marco Silva
Marco Silva is a familiar face to the Hornets, having spent time at Vicarage Road last season. Upon joining Everton in the summer, Silva brought in many players suited to this style, and most talked about was former Hornets winger Richarlison. Everton are the third Premier League club Marco Silva has managed in recent years, joining Watford from Hull City before his move to the Toffees in the summer.
One To Watch - Richarlison
For Watford fans, it may feel strange seeing Richarlison play against Javi Gracia’s men. The Brazilian excelled at The Vic last season, using his flair to effortlessly take on defenders. Richarlison has already scored more goals (six) than he managed in 38 appearances with the Hornets (five). Watford's defenders will have to be switched on if they are to stop their former teammate from converting on Monday night.
Played For Both - Kevin Richardson
Newcastle-born midfielder Kevin Richardson made 109 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 16 goals. During his time at Goodison Park, Richardson won an FA Cup in 1984 and both the First Division title, and a Cup Winners’ Cup medal in 1986.
This impressed then-Watford manager Graham Taylor, who chose to invest £225,000 on Richardson. In a one-season spell at Vicarage Road, Richardson made 39 appearances and scored two goals, helping Graham Taylor’s side reach the semi-final of the FA Cup and finish ninth in the First Division. He then moved to North London where he spent three years at Arsenal before transferring to La Liga with Real Sociedad.
A Game To Remember - Watford 3-2 Everton
In December 2016, Watford played host to Everton at Vicarage Road.
This match saw the Golden Boys record their first win against the Toffees in all competitions since March 1987. Despite going behind early on, Watford got themselves back into the game as Stefano Okaka converted a Nordin Amrabat cross with a sublime backheel into the far corner at the Vicarage Road end.
The Hornets doubled their lead in the second half as Sebastian Prödl headed home from a well-delivered free-kick. Five minutes later Okaka completed his brace with a header, securing all three points for the Hornets. Romelu Lukaku also fired a brace but it was not enough as Walter Mazzarri’s side climbed to seventh in the table.