First Team 1 month ago

Team News: Everton

Quique Sánchez Flores sounded like someone who was giving serious consideration to using players from the Under-23 side for the Carabao Cup trip to Everton.

The Head Coach will be without the injured Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Troy Deeney, Étienne Capoue, Ismaïla Sarr and Isaac Success for the game at Goodison Park and, given the importance of the game at Vicarage Road against Chelsea on Saturday, he may decide to rest some of those who played 90 minutes in a full-blooded game with Bournemouth on Saturday.

“It's clear for me we must use this competition to use other players,” he said.

That could mean opportunity knocks for Heurelho Gomes, Domingos Quina, Dimitiri Foulqiuer, Adrian Mariappa, Andre Gray and Will Hughes while some of the star performers from the club's table-topping Under-23 team could be rewarded for their form for Hayden Mullins' side. Sánchez Flores has regularly used the young pros in training to supplement his squad and work on shape and drills since he returned to the club.

Sánchez Flores may need midfield cover as Cleverley is a fresh injury worry after he limped off early on against the Cherries with a heel problem.

“We don't know exactly the injury but we are checking, it is a new one,” he said. “Other players are recovering and improving. We will see in the future. We know Cleverley has a problem with his heels before, others with hamstring, others who didn't do pre-season and others who start the season late, like Welbeck and Sarr. They integrated late in the team.”

The Head Coach reported that Capoue is back training, that Success is “very close to coming back” and that he expects Welbeck to be out “two months, three months, maybe more.”

Sánchez Flores said he is working closely with Alberto Leon, the Head of Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, to get an understanding into the recent spike in injuries.

“It's difficult to know as I can't control what happened before I came here,” he said. “We are working really hard with the medical staff. We are one month and one week in and all the new information is really interesting on the players. We try to investigate but we need to be clever, experienced and we need to know if now the players are working under tensions. Everything is under tension, the muscle, the spirit, the morale. The muscles get tired easier. All this context is important and it's impossible to choose one factor. There are many factors. We need to be clever.”

First Team 1 month ago

Match Pack: Everton v Watford

As the Hornets prepare to visit Goodison Park to face Everton in the Carabao Cup, here is all you need to know about the fixture...


Everton v Watford
Carabao Cup (Round Four)
Goodison Park
Tuesday October 29, 7.45pm GMT


Live commentary of the match will be available at


Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Derek Eaton, Daniel Robathan
Fourth official: Matthew Donohue


Quique Sánchez Flores suggested he could include fringe players and members of the Under-23 squad for the Hornets' trip to Goodison Park, as the Head Coach will be without the injured Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Troy Deeney (knee), Étienne Capoue (back), Ismaïla Sarr (leg) and Isaac Success (groin) for the match.

Marco Silva's side will be without Bernard after the forward suffered a ligament injury. Cenk Tosun (groin) and Yerry Mina (knee) are also expected to miss the match while Jean-Philippe Gbamin (quadriceps) is a long-term injury.


After picking up seven points from their first four Premier League matches, Everton have hit a spell of poor form, losing five of their last six in the league. The Toffees conceded in the 80th and 94th minutes at the weekend to give up a 2-1 lead and lose 3-2 at Brighton & Hove Albion. There has been relief in the cup for the club, though, as they won 4-2 away at Lincoln City and 2-0 away at Sheffield Wednesday in the previous rounds.



Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 20

Last Six:

Aug 2019: Everton 1-0 Watford (Premier League)
Feb 2019: Watford 1-0 Everton (Gray) (Premier League)
Dec 2018: Everton 2-2 Watford (Coleman OG, Doucouré) (Premier League)
Feb 2018: Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) (Premier League)
Nov 2017 Everton 3-2 Watford (Richarlison, Kabasele) (Premier League)
May 2017: Everton 1-0 Watford (Premier League)


August 8, 2015 – Everton 2-2 Watford: The Hornets marked their return to the Premier League in style on the opening day of the 2015/16 season and were unfortunate to leave Goodison Park with only a point. Miguel Layún opened the scoring for the visitors within quarter of an hour and, after an equaliser from Ross Barkley, Odion Ighalo dummied past two defenders to score again late on. Arouna Koné levelled the scores again at the death, but it was a strong start to Quique Sánchez Flores' first season in charge.


Mo Johnston

A prolific striker, Johnston scored 27 goals in 46 appearances during his 12 months with the Hornets, and was influential in the club's run to a first FA Cup final in 1984. In fact, Johnston started the match against Everton at Wembley. Although the majority of his career was spent in Scotland, he spent two years in the top flight of English football with the Toffees, the second of which was the Premier League's inaugural year.

Andy Rankin

A mainstay in the Hornets team during the 1970s, Andy Rankin racked up over 300 appearances in goal for the club and was a popular figure at Vicarage Road. He played for only two other clubs, one of which was Everton, where he began his career and made 85 top-flight appearances before making the move to Hertfordshire.

Kevin Richardson

Richardson's Watford career was relatively low-key, but the midfielder scored two goals during his season at Vicarage Road. Contrarily, his spell at Everton was significantly high-profile, beginning his career at Goodison Park and appearing in the 1984 FA Cup final — against Watford.


Quique Sánchez Flores:

“We want to win, but even if we win, it should be different because a win in the cup is different to a win in the league. It's different goals.

“To win is always important, but we realised even after beating Swansea that it didn't affect the league.

“It's different competitions, different line-ups and different goals. To win is important, but it is not concerned with what is happening in the league.

“This is Premier League against Premier League, but if we were to play against a team in a different category, we know it would also be tough.”

Marco Silva:

“The first thing I want to see is the desire to play in the next round,” Silva told evertontv.

“Our ambition in the competition is clear and this is not the moment for us to hide. We want to reach the end of the competition, the final. That’s a dream for our fans and we have to share their ambition.

“We have to go step by step and the next step is the Watford match.”