Ten-man Everton suffered a 3-0 collapse to Lyon, condemning their exit from the Europa League group stage in dismal fashion, though a blessing it could be. Now Everton, who are still without a permanent manager, can pool all their efforts on escaping the clutches of the relegation battle in the Premier League.
The Telegraph is reporting that Sam Allardyce could once again be allured by the pull of a relegation survival narrative. David Unsworth still assumes the role of caretaker manager, though his ambitions of taking the job permanently looks unlikely, as he oversaw three straight losses.
Watford will prove to be quite the awkward side for Everton who begin their journey of salvaging their desolate season. Watford previously gave champions, Chelsea a good run for their money, and despite losing 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, Marco Silva’s men have won three times in five attempts on the road this season.
Everton defender, Michael Keane could return to the side after recovering from an infection in a gash in his leg.
Cuco Martina is sidelined with concussion, but Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka all return after being rested for the Europa League defeat.
Watford striker Troy Deeney begins a three-game ban following an altercation with Joe Allen in the defeat at Stoke. Other absentees include: Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Prodl who remain out of Sunday’s game.
Potential line ups
Everton XI: Pickford; Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Kenny; Davies, Baningime, Gueye; Rooney, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse
Watford XI: Gomes; Kabasele, Britos, Femenía, Holebas; Doucourè, Cleverley, Pereyra, Capoue, Richarlison; Gray