The corresponding fixture last campaign was most certainly my personal highlight of the season. David Unsworth’s big moment came as Leighton Baines netted from the spot in added time to seal the win before Sam Allardyce came in shortly after and entered our club into a very dark period.
Getting the win was the least that Rhino deserved after some of his players seemingly refused to play for him in the weeks leading up to the game, most prominently in the Lyon, Atalanta and Southampton fixtures.
This season however, a very different Everton side will take on a very different Watford side under very different circumstances, all of those said circumstances being very spicy indeed.
Marco Silva takes on his old club with their old star man lining up in the Royal Blue, while one of Goodison’s prodigal sons returns in the yellow of Watford, and it isn’t Tom Cleverley.
Richarlison vs Gerard Deulofeu is merely a sub-plot in what is going to be a very soap-opera-esque fixture, but one that, most importantly, we must win.
Coming off of a disappointing result against Newcastle, I’ll make a few changes.
GK - Jordan Pickford
I just use auto-fill now.
RB - Séamus Coleman
Coleman was very muted in attack last time out and he must do more to still fend off Jonjoe Kenny.
Maybe not in Marco Silva’s eyes, but at least for me, the race is close.
CB - Michael Keane
The defence was fine on Wednesday evening, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get better.
Michael Keane has not been one of Everton’s better defenders this season.
He’s been one of the best in the Premier League, and he returns.
CB - Yerry Mina
Kurt Zouma had one of his better games against Newcastle, but Yerry Mina is an Everton player and it’s all about getting him integrated into the side properly, with his new partner in Michael Keane.
LB - Lucas Digne
Digne, even though he had his first real shaky game since his arrival last time out, is still a phenomenal player and he is key, alongside (Spoiler) on the left hand side, to our attacking intent.
CM - Idrissa Gana Gueye
We will see a little less of the ball with Watford than Newcastle, so Gueye will therefore see more of the ball.
He actually might have something to do this time out.
CM - André Gomes
Another week goes by, and there has been another week of the ‘Please Stay André Gomes’ brigade ramping up their efforts as Christmas approaches.
He is the man of the moment at Goodison, and long may it last.
AM - Gylfi Sigurdsson
We haven’t had a Puskas contender from Gylfi for a few weeks, so he’s due one on Monday.
LW - Richarlison
I think this season will just be Marco Silva finding out where Richarlison will fit in his jigsaw, which is fine, but for now, it’s out on the left.
RW - Bernard
Bernard will have more space and time on the ball against Watford.
They’re not as compact as the teams we’ve faced at Goodison recently and they will at least try to attack once or twice.
ST - Theo Walcott
‘Tis the season to be silly, apparently. But hear me out.
1. Walcott has always been able to operate centrally.
2. Everton need a striker.
3. Walcott needs a change of pace.
4. Everton should try Theo Walcott up front.
A quick, direct striker is something we don’t really have. While there are some very reasonable concerns about Theo Walcott’s finishing and end product as of late, he is still clinical when he is on song.
(For the record, I wouldn’t mind if Cenk Tosun was given another chance, just in case Mr Silva doesn’t fancy being any fun.)