Desperate to find a route back out of the bottom-three and bounce back from their Villa Park heartbreak last week, Watford will welcome Everton to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
Throwing away a one-goal lead and watching fellow scrappers Aston Villa pick up three points in injury-time a week ago, new Hornets boss Nigel Pearson also saw his heavily-altered side come crashing out of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 defeat away at League One Tranmere in midweek.
On the flip side, also suffering their own very public collapse and throwing away two injury-time strikes against Newcastle at Goodison Park last time out, the Blues could only settle for a point on Merseyside.
While Carlo Ancelloti’s men may have recorded just a single victory in their last five appearances across all competitions, the Toffees did pick up a 2-0 victory when the two sides faced off back in October.
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Watford given a reality check
After watching Villa grab a 95-minute winner in what was being billed as a ‘relegation six-pointer’ last weekend, Watford have once again fallen into the bottom-three and have been given a minor reality check.
Now hit with back-to-back defeats, including an extra-time loss away at League One scrappers Tranmere in midweek, new Hornets boss Nigel Pearson has seen his side win just one of their last five matches across all formats.
However, continuing to shine at Vicarage Road and snatching points off of Manchester United and Spurs in their five-match Premier League unbeaten run, the one-time Leicester boss will be most impressed by Troy Deeney’s continued purple patch.
While he may have only grabbed what turned out to be a consolation strike at Villa Park, the Watford skipper has five goals in his last seven top-flight appearances and is enjoying his brightest run in recent memory.
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“We have to stay focused”
Despite leading 2-0 in the 94th minute against Newcastle at Goodison Park last weekend, Everton could only muster a point on Merseyside, a result that left new boss Carlo Ancelotti far from pleased.
Stating that his team must “stay focused” the Toffees could also only muster another stalemate away at relegation scrappers West Ham a fortnight ago.
While Saturday’s guests might also find themselves on a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last five matches across all formats, the Blues have their own leading man who has continued to catch the eye since opening the New Year.
Once again finding the net against Newcastle last weekend and linked with a potential England call-up, the red-hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin has bagged back-to-back Premier League strikes.
Becoming just the first English player to score 10 or more goals in a Premier League season for Everton since Wayne Rooney, the 22-year-old has recorded five goals in his last six top-flight outings.
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