Fulltime - Somehow Everton steal a point in a game they really deserved to lose. Wednesday the Blues deserved to win and only got a point. Two points out of two home games for the Blues against Newcastle and Watford is a big problem however.
90+5’ - Panic stations now. Kabasele handles just outside the box, Everton freekick about the middle. Who to take?
DIGNE THE MAN!!! Curls a shot in through a gap in the wall, and his first Everton goal could not have been more important for the Blues!!
90’ - Long throw from Digne wins a corner. Digne takes.. Richarlison shot blocked for another corner. Digne from the right now, inswinger cleared.
88’ - Now Keane is forward supporting Coleman on the right, cross into the box is headed by Sigurdsson but well-taken by Foster.
84’ - Just as we say that, Watford have now held the ball in the Blues half for the last few minutes and Everton look tired and powerless.
80’ - Everton are finally holding the ball in the opposition half consistently, but not getting any clear chances with the box as crowded as it is.
75’ - Watford now sitting deep, happy to absorb pressure and hit the Blues on the counter.
70’ - Now Richarlison misses from just yards out! Ball gets tangled up in his feet when all he had to do was kick it in.
What a horrendous few minutes it’s been for the Blues, with three things going against them. Ugh.
Silva has made all his substitutions in very quick succession - Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tosun are all on, Walcott, Bernard and Gueye are off.
67’ - Penalty Everton! Kabasele mounts Mina as he waits for a throw in! No doubt about it.
Sigurdsson steps up.. SAVED! Goalie kicks it away as Gylfi hits it down the middle!
What a save! Foster blocks Sigurdsson's penalty with his leg! pic.twitter.com/klMwYZkG4r— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 10, 2018
65’ - Now it’s 2-1 Watford! Doucoure gets on the end of a quick freekick that catches the defence napping. Coleman and Keane left looking at each other.
63’ - Watford equalize, and are good value for it too. Digne slips and allows a cross into the box that Pereyra meets.. it hits the post and ricochets back into the goal off a helpless Coleman. Ooof.
58’ - Everton sitting back too deep now. Watford win a couple of quick corners and keep the pressure on.
Gomes looks to have hurt his knee and is on the ground. He’s fine for now.
Gerard Deulofeu is the first sub, and is given a rousing round of applause.
54’ - Success with a blatant dive backing into Mina just outside the box, and this time Friend does blow for a freekick.
Pereyra whips it in and Pickford is beaten, but it’s into the side-netting.
50’ - The referees appear to having some issues with their communication systems. Appears the miscommunication started much earlier.
47’ - Watford start the second half with purpose and win an early corner, but it’s cleared away.
Halftime - Blues lead, though Watford aren’t going away quietly. And then there’s referee Kevin Friend. More drama to come in this one, you can bet.
45+1’ - Success breaks free and runs at the goal, and Mina steps across him.. the winger collapses again and Goodison holds its collective breath.. but referee Friend instead says play on. Hmm.
45’ - Kabasele clatters into Richarlison going for a high ball, and the Brazilian is down holding his head, and Goodison is in uproar as ref indicates play on. We’ll have one more minute.
43’ - Digne and Sigurdsson combine beautifully down the left, the Icelander’s finish is blocked out for a corner though. Corner is cleared away and the break is on, but Digne cleans up.
40’ - More Watford pressure wins a corner but it’s cleared away. They’re allowing Everton to come forward down the wings, and then trying to counter at speed into those spaces.
38’ - Blues opened up on the break and Pereyra’s flying header from a freekick is just wide.
The Goodison crowd is meanwhile getting more and more furious with every decision by referee Kevin Friend. He’s certainly let some challenges go that should’ve been fouls, and vice versa.
35’ - Blues livid as Success goes up against Keane and then goes down easily. Freekick is cleared away but Watford keeping up the pressure on the Blues. Success’ movement certainly causing problems for the Blues.
32’ - What’s this then? Coleman us moving around gingerly and Baines is warming up now.
28’ - Walcott gets by Cholevas and is hauled down. This game will be won or lost on the wings.
Now Coleman charges forward and wins another corner. Keane heads it on and Digne hits it wildly over.
27’ - Mina first in the book for an intentional handball trying to get to a cross in the opponents’ box from Sigurdsson.
25’ - Both Walcott and Bernard have looked more alive today, getting involved in play and making runs.
21’ - Success shows some quick feet and is hauled down by Gomes about 20-odd yards from goal. Cholevas to take.. blocked by the wall and cleared.
17’ - Drama! Coleman gets run into by Success off the ball, referee doesn’t stop play and somehow Deeney hooks it over the bar from three yards out. That was surely offside too, not sure what the ref has given.
15’ - Blues lead 1-0! Richarlison puts it in, but assistant referee completely misses Walcott being offside! Gomes had passed it to him and Theo was well off but Gomes ran on to it and his centre is banged in by the Brazilian with Watford waiting for the offside decision. VAR would have overturned that.
12’ - Horrible giveaway from Doucoure sees Richarlison running on goal, but his final pass to Sigurdsson is not good enough.
Pereyra hauls down Coleman down the right. Sigurdsson’s freekick is met by Mina, but his header is well wide.
10’ - Walcott goes down in the box finding a Sigurdsson return, but he was just offside. He looks full of running today.
7’ - Another egregious turnover from Gana in his own half almost causes the Blues more trouble. Focus man!
3’ - Walcott gets his head onto a Digne cross, but it’s tame and straight at the goalie.
1’ - Everton get us started. A Gueye giveaway gets Watford on the move, and Pereyra finds himself in plenty of space but scuffs the shot straight at Pickford.
The Watford fans have promised to greet Marco Silva with rubber snakes. Ahem. Here’s a picture of Silva giving a damn.
Z-Cars blaring, the two teams in the tunnel.. Coleman leading the Blues out looking grim and determined as ever.
Lineups - Surprise surprise, Marco Silva goes back to his default starting XI again.
| Ok, Blues, here's your team for tonight's #EFCMatchday...— Everton (@Everton) December 10, 2018
➡️ @michaelkeane04, @theowalcott and @b_10duarte return.
@richarlison97 leads the line.
LET'S GO, LADS! pic.twitter.com/oEkrWWQaK3
There’s every chance a proper football match could break out tonight at Goodison Park. Everton will be looking to get back to winning ways after their heartbreaking loss in the Derby and followed it up with a toothless draw midweek against Newcastle. Watford FC meanwhile have frittered away an excellent start to the season and will be looking to get some measure of revenge for their assumed slight for the Blues’ approach for Marco Silva last season.
Date and start time: Sunday, December 10th at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST
Weather: 47°F/8°C, partly cloudy, 0% chance of precipitation, 4 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gomes, Gueye; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Davies, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun
Starting XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Sema, Quina, Doucouré, Pereyra; Success, Deeney.
Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Masina, Wilmot, Chalobah, Deulofeu, Okaka
The last time the two sides met at Goodison we had a five-goal thriller, with the Blues making a furious comeback from two goals down to tie it up late. Then Leighton Baines dispatched a penalty to push Everton into the lead only for Jordan Pickford to concede a penalty in time added on, and former Blue Tom Cleverley went on to place it wide to give Dave Unsworth his first win. That epic second half lasted an unbelievable 58 minutes!
Richarlison had opened the scoring for the Hornets in that game, and happily for the Toffees he’ll be in blue tonight. Watford did nip Everton 1-0 in their last meeting back in February this year, with captain Troy Deeney scoring in an awful football game.