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Everton vs Watford Betting Tips

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      Tip Reasoning

      The Hornets achieved automatic promotion from the Championship last year with Slavisa Jokanovic at the helm. The Serb was replaced though at the end of the season adding another chapter to the colourful recent history of Watford under Italian ownership. The man to replace him is Quique Flores who managed Getafe in La Liga earlier in 2015 but faces a tough job to keep Watford in the top flight.

      The Hertfordshire club have twice previously been promoted to the Premier League but neither time came close to staying up. They finished bottom on both occasions and that is where many pundits are tipping them to end up again but although they are favourites for the drop they are by no means certainties and there are likely to again be several clubs in the relegation dog fight.

      They come into the season on the back of defeats to Cardiff and Sevilla in pre-season games but with 12 summer arrivals it may take some time for them all to bed in. The most exciting might be Steven Burghuis who netted 11 times for AZ Alkmaar last season in Holland and will add to Watford’s forward threat alongside Troy Deeney who has always been prolific in the Championship and will be keen to show he is good enough to make the step up in class.

      This might be a tough afternoon for Watford though. Everton were very disappointing for much of last season but finished relatively strongly and will be expected to do much better this time around under Roberto Martinez, especially given they have no European distractions.

      They’ve not had a great pre-season though with a defeat to Arsenal coming in the Premier League Asia Trophy before two losses last weekend, away to Leeds and against Villarreal in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial.

      Once again they haven’t spent a huge amount of money over the summer although they should benefit from the arrival of Tom Cleverley on a free transfer and Gerard Deulofeu who returns to the club having previously spent time at Goodison on loan.

      Everton will be eager to make a strong start and will be gunning for 3 points here. They still have some genuine quality in their ranks and backing the Merseyside club to score twice or more at 8/11 looks to be worth a punt against a Watford side who may find life tough at this level.

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