Everton manager Marco Silva makes his first visit to Vicarage Road since he was sacked by the Hornets a year ago and he will be going all-out to inflict defeat upon his former employers when the Toffees pay a visit on Saturday afternoon. Silva’s departure from Watford occurred just a few hours before the club appointed Javi Gracia as his replacement in January 2018 with Everton failing to keep secret their long-held desire to lure the Portuguese manager to Merseyside. Once the dust had settled, Silva did eventually take the reins at Goodison Park although Hornets fans won’t be too sad to see the back of him given that Gracia has steered their side into the top half of the Premier League table and through to the FA Cup last-sixteen round.
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Over at Goodison Park, Silva isn’t having too much success with his Toffees side winning just four of their last fourteen outings, this dismal running starting with an agonising last-gasp defeat at arch-rivals Liverpool. Silva finds himself being billed as one of the favourites in the ‘Premier League sack-race’ market and as such he will be desperate to enhance his chances of remaining in his position by taking maximum points at Vicarage Road this weekend.
There’s plenty of pride at stake for both sides on Saturday afternoon, however while Silva will look to get one over on his former employers, we envisage him saving face to a degree by guiding his men to a share of the spoils this weekend, BetVictor Bookmakers going 5/2 on a draw.