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Everton at Watford: Writer Prediction League

Unrealistic optimism ahead of an away match?

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Everton’s unceremonious dumping from the FA Cup left the Toffees without a match last weekend, with their most recent victory against Crystal Palace feeling ages away.

Our writers seem to have remembered that victory quite well though, as their confidence against Watford FC this weekend is quite high, especially given that the Toffees will be playing away from Goodison Park, where they often struggle.

Let’s first take a look at how our predictions fared in the Crystal Palace match, before Everton jetted away to Dubai.

Crystal Palace Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Calvert-Lewin Coleman Everton 2-1 2
Brian F. Benteke Pickford Palace 2-1 0
Brian L. Tosun Walcott Everton 2-1 2
Calvin Walcott Walcott Everton 2-1 2
Chris Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 3
Matt Bolasie Sigurdsson Draw 2-2 1
Mike Benteke Sigurdsson Everton 3-1 5
Sean Walcott Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Tom Walcott Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Tyler Tosun Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Zach Benteke Pickford Palace 2-0 0

Mike was the big winner of the week, picking up five points. He, Chris, and Matt all correctly picked Gylfi Sigurdsson as the Everton man of the match — Chris picked the Icelander to open the scoring as well.

Only three writers didn’t pick an Everton victory, but only Mike got the 3-1 final score correct.

Our updated prediction league standings have a new leader.

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

Mike bypassed Calvin, with Brian F. the closest behind. Positions 4-9 are separated by only two points, while Tyler and Zach look up at the mid-table group.

This week, Everton travels to play a Watford side that has largely struggled since getting off to a strong start of the season. The Hornets’ form is telling, but so are the Blues’ struggles in away matches — though our writers seem to be not too worried about that.

Watford Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Rooney Rooney Draw 2-2 0
Brian F. Walcott Walcott Draw 1-1 0
Brian L. Walcott Walcott Everton 2-1 0
Calvin Doucoure Walcott Draw 2-2 0
Chris Deulofeu Rooney Draw 2-2 0
Matt Deulofeu Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Mike Deulofeu Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Sean Walcott Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Tom Sigurdsson Walcott Everton 2-1 0
Tyler Niasse Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Zach Niasse Walcott Everton 3-0 0

The predictions this week are an entertaining combination of optimism and masochism. Seven of 11 writers predicted an Everton win, with the other four predicting a draw. However, three writers have former Evertonian Gerard Deulofeu opening the scoring!

The Everton man of the match votes are spread across the usual suspects — Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Theo Walcott. The final score predictions have an interesting quirk though — six of the seven who predicted an Everton win have it by a 2-1 scoreline.