Watford travel to Everton on Monday night as they return to Premier League action hoping for a win at Goodison Park.
The Hornets come off the back of an agonising 2-1 defeat to Manchester City. Although the reigning champions were outstanding, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s late lifeline gave Watford a huge chance to pick up a result.
Javi Gracia’s side sit 11th in the Premier League and are winless in five games after their impressive start. The Watford manager will have to travel to Merseyside without Etienne Capoue, who is still suspended following a red card.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ben Foster (GK) – Foster was definitely Watford’s man of the match last Tuesday after he pulled off dozens of crucial saves to keep the Hornets in the game. He has made 15 appearances this season and will be searching for only his fourth clean sheet of the campaign when he faces Everton.
Kiko Femenia (RB) – Kiko makes up Javi Gracia’s back four, as he has done all season. The Spaniard has made 15 appearances this campaign, getting two assists in the process from right back.
Craig Cathcart (CB) – Cathcart has played every league game this season, always sitting at the heart of the defence. He has missed just seven minutes of Watford’s Premier League campaign this season and will definitely start on Monday.
Adrian Mariappa (CB) – Although he was dropped for Christian Kabasele last week, it looks like Mariappa will regain his starting spot. He has played ten times this season and will form a solid partnership with Cathcart.
Jose Holebas (LB) – Holebas has established himself as Watford’s left back and has put in solid performances this season. The Greek defender has played 12 times and has registered two goals and four assists.
Nathaniel Chalobah (DM) – With Etienne Capoue suspended, it will be Chalobah who sits ahead of the defence. The Englishman will only be making his eighth appearance of the season, but will relish this opportunity to prove himself to Javi Gracia.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – Doucoure is at the heart of Watford’s team and works effortlessly every game. He is joint top for assists alongside Holebas, with four this season. He will make his 17th appearance of the season on Monday and will be key for the Hornets.
Will Hughes (CM) – Despite coming off injured against City, Hughes is reported to be fit for the trip to Everton. He is one of two players to feature in every single game this season and looks likely to start at Goodison Park on Monday.
Isaac Success (RW) – Success is the only other player alongside Hughes to have played every game this season, which looks likely to continue. Although he wasn’t at his best on Tuesday, Success will be aiming to get his fourth goal of the season.
Troy Deeney (ST) – Watford’s captain looks likely to lead the attack as well as the team on Monday. Deeney has played 12 times this season, featuring in all but three games. However, the English forward has struggled for goals this season, scoring just twice.
Roberto Pereyra (LW) – Without the Argentine winger, there are simply no goals for Watford. Pereyra is the Hornets’ top scorer this season, with five strikes in 15 games. He will be absolutely vital on Monday as he searches for goal number six and Watford’s first win in six.