Everton predicted lineup vs Watford: One forced change as Lampard sticks to 5-4-1

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Everton look for their second consecutive away win for the first time since May 2021

Everton have turned the tables in recent games as they have managed to dig themselves out of a deep hole. The job isn’t done yet. Even though 10 points out of a possible 15 is an endearing feat for a side who are locked in a relegation battle, Everton still isn’t over the finishing line and cannot rest on their recent upturn in form.

The Toffees sit 16th in the league with 35 points, one point more than their direct rivals Burnley and Leeds United in the relegation scrap. After the win against Leicester City on Sunday, Frank Lampard’s men travel to Watford in an attempt to further distance themselves from the drop zone. A win against the Hornets would take Everton to 38 points, at least four points away from the relegation zone.

For once, footballing gods have bestowed some luck on Everton as the Toffees may have a relatively easy tie because Watford has a severe injury crisis which has affected most of their first team players.

Ismaila Sarr, Tom Cleverley, Kiko Femenia, Emmanuel Dennis. Joshua King, Juraj Kucka, Shaqai Forde, Imran Louza, Nicolas Nkoulou and Cucho Hernandez are set to miss the game either due to injury or illness. In football, someone else’s loss is someone else’s gain as Everton has been presented three points on a silver plate and they just need to grab it.

In the Everton camp, some injury issues do worry Lampard. The Merseyside club will be without influential Yerry Mina whose presence often transforms the backline. Donny van de Beek and Ben Godfrey continue to remain sidelined as well.

Everton predicted lineup vs Watford

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford has been the best performer for the side in recent games. In fact, his contributions have singlehandedly helped Everton clinch three points against Chelsea and Leicester City. In two games the Englishman has produced 12 outstanding, out of the world saves that has garnered a lot of praise. Pickford is confident and should be ready against a deflated Watford attack.

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