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Everton at Lyon, vs. Watford: Writer Prediction League

Our staff has its say on David Unsworth’s make-or-break matches this week

Leicester City v Everton - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Everton’s firing of Ronald Koeman and temporary appointment of David Unsworth made predicting the Toffees’ matches last week tough work.

Wednesday’s match against Chelsea created reasonable cause for optimism, but the club’s utter failure against Leicester on Sunday put things back to square one to an extent — again making prognosticating tough work!

Before we take a look at this week’s trip to Lyon and home match against Watford though, let’s review last week’s picks.

Lyon Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Fekir Davies Lyon 2-0 3
Brian F. Depay Pickford Lyon 2-0 2
Brian L. Fekir Davies Lyon 2-0 3
Callum Traore Vlasic Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Calvert-Lewin Vlasic Lyon 2-1 4
Chris Traore Pickford Lyon 3-1 2
Matt Fekir Gueye Lyon 3-0 3
Mike Fekir Pickford Lyon 2-0 3
Sean Depay Davies Everton 2-1 0
Tom Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 0
Tyler Traore Pickford Draw 1-1 0
Zach Fekir Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 2

Leicester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Vardy Vlasic Draw 1-1 1
Brian F. Vardy Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-1 1
Brian L. Vardy Keane Leicester 2-1 3
Callum Vlasic Vlasic Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Okazaki Pickford Leicester 2-1 2
Chris Calvert-Lewin Gueye Draw 1-1 0
Matt Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 0
Mike Vardy Davies Draw 1-1 1
Sean Sigurdsson Mirallas Everton 2-1 0
Tom Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 0
Tyler Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Zach Rooney Pickford Draw 1-1 0

Four writers picked both the proper winner and scoreline in the Chelsea match, the highest number right so far this season. Nobody managed to pick the correct first goalscorer or Everton man of the match, however.

Our picks for the result in the Leicester match weren’t quite as good — only two writers correctly guessed the Foxes would win. However, four correctly predicted Jamie Vardy as the first scorer of the match.

These results created a table with an ever-distant upper echelon.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

Calvin and Mike are continuing to grow their lead atop the table, with everybody else playing catch-up. Brian F. and Matt are the closest behind.

This week, Everton faces Lyon in a must-win Europa League match, then Watford in what may prove to be Unsworth’s last match in charge. We’re moderately optimistic about the Watford match, but the trip to Lyon isn’t looking good.

Lyon Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Mariano Pickford Lyon 2-0 2
Brian F. Fekir Pickford Lyon 3-0 4
Brian L. Lennon Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Callum Depay Lookman Lyon 2-1 3
Calvin Fekir Baningime Lyon 3-1 2
Chris Traore Jagielka Lyon 3-0 5
Matt Depay Davies Lyon 3-1 2
Mike Mariano Pickford Lyon 3-0 4
Sean Mariano Gueye Draw 2-2 0
Tom Fekir Pickford Lyon 3-1 2
Tyler None Sigurdsson Draw 0-0 0
Zach Fekir Davies Lyon 3-1 2

Watford Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Lennon Lennon Everton 1-0 2
Brian F. Deeney Gueye Watford 2-0 0
Brian L. Calvert-Lewin Schneiderlin Everton 1-0 2
Callum Doucoure Rooney Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 0
Chris Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Watford 2-1 1
Matt Doucoure Keane Watford 2-1 0
Mike Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 2
Sean Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-1 3
Tom Calvert-Lewin Beningime Everton 2-1 2
Tyler Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-1 2
Zach Richarlison Rooney Watford 3-1 1

Only one writer has Everton going to France and picking up the needed three points on Thursday — I admire your optimism, Brian. The majority of us have Everton dropping the match by multiple goals, and officially dropping out of the Europa League as a result.

Picks for the Watford match are a little more of an even split — five Everton wins, four Watford wins, and three draws.