Who: Watford Where: Goodison Park When: Saturday – 8th of August at 3pm
A new season brings new hope that Martinez’ Everton side will have a season more akin to 2013/14 than 2015/15. However, both seasons started with a draw against relegation candidates but hopefully it it 3rd time lucky for Everton. A poor pre-season results wise but hopefully it doesn’t account for much, our players seem a lot more fit than last season which should hopefully bring about a change in fortune.
Our back 5 picks itself, ahead of that Cleverley brings an uncertainty to selection. It may be the case that he plays wide left with Mirallas on the right with our lack of other left-sided options. With Barkley ahead of Barry and McCarthy with hopefully a fully fit Lukaku. With a few injuries our options are limited with our small squad.
It took a long time for Watford to decide what colour their home shirt would be. They started off in a red, yellow and green kit before moving to white, then black and white stripes, then blue from 1927 to 1959 until eventually settling on gold and back until present day.
For us i’m going for Ross Barkley, his pre-season has been indifferent but a strong start could give him confidence for the rest of the campaign. It’s a big season for Barkley where he needs to prove his worth for the first team, let alone live up to the hyperbole that has accompanied most of his career so far.
For them it has to be Troy Deeney, he has scored 20+ goals in each of his last three seasons and after speculation regarding a move to a Premier League club, we was able to live that dream at Watford. He could be this years Charlie Austin and prove he can make the step-up, hopefully after Saturday through.
Bad results in pre-season and our traditional slow start means I lean towards being pessimistic, but I think we’ll get a narrow victory. A 2-1 seems the most likely result. We got tore apart by Villareal on occasions and our defence needs to be a lot tighter, but in a game that actually means something, hopefully it will be.
What will it mean?
A much needed win, much needed because of the games that follow. We play the top 7 from last season in our next 9 games after this one which could leave the table looking very poor for us but albeit in a very false position as we’ll then be looking at an easy 9 game run. I’m happy with our difficult start as we up our game against the big teams and I think it could kick-start us early. Not winning against Watford however could easily see us at a point a game or less after 10. At which point the pressure could already be on for Martinez.