Abdoulaye Doucoure is set to return for Watford when they welcome former manager Marco Silva back to Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Midfielder Doucoure has missed the last four games due to a knee problem, but should be available to face Silva’s Everton.
The Portuguese managed the Hornets for the first half of the 2017/18 season before he was sacked in January 2018.
With Watford claiming Everton made an illegal approach that unsettled Silva.
Having failed to get back on track in what was a tough match against the champions.
Everton now face a crucial test this weekend in the Premier League.
Wednesday saw Man City travel to Goodison Park and come away with all three points following a 2-0 win – dealing the Blues with their fourth defeat in their last five matches.
Marco Silva will be desperate to turn around that poor run of form, but the fixture list isn’t making for pretty reading for those of an Everton persuasion at the minute.
Up next for the Blues is a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford, and how they would love to get one over on their former manager.
Team News of Watford vs Everton
Watford are hopeful Abdoulaye Doucoure will be available after missing the last four games with a knee problem.
Kiko Femenia should also be fit following a hamstring injury, but Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl remain sidelined.
Everton are again without injured pair Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.
Yerry Mina is doubtful with a foot problem that is being monitored, while Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson will hope to earn recalls.
Gracia has said he thinks Doucoure will be ready for the fixture after the midfielder returned to training this week.
Kiko Femenia (hamstring) could also make a return to action. Roberto Pereyra (calf), Isaac Success (hamstring) and Sebastian Prodl (knee) remain sidelined.
Yerry Mina is a doubt for Everton while fellow defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are out.
Score prediction: Watford 2-0 Everton
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Watford have won their last two home games against Everton – they’ve never won three consecutive Premier League home matches against a particular opponent.
Everton have lost just two of the 11 Premier League meetings (W6, D3).
The Toffees have won five top-flight games at Watford – only Liverpool and Manchester United (seven wins each) have better records away to the Hornets.