Everton Pre-season:Swindon 0-4 Everton
Everton FC v Watford FC
Saturday 8th August 15:00
Premier League Match 1
(Mirallas x2, Lukaku, McAleny)Everton *0-0 Stoke City
(5-4 Pens)Everton 1-3 Arsenal
(Barkley)Hearts 1-3 Everton
(Lukaku, Lukaku Pen x2)Dundee 0-2 Everton
(McAleny, Barkley Pen)Leeds United 2-0 EvertonEverton 1-2 Villarreal
(Browning)Watford Pre-season:St Albans City 0-4 Watford
(Ighalo x2, Deeney, Smith)AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Watford
(Ighalo, Forestieri)SC Verl 1-4 Watford
(Ighalo x2, Anya, Dyer)Paderborn 0-2 Watford
(Vydra, Ighalo)Dundee United 0-1 Watford
(Deeney)Cardiff 2-1 Watford
(Deeney)Watford 0-1 Sevilla
Whether it be another season of perpetual torture or an Everton reemergence, the 2015/16 Premier League season is just a matter of days away and no doubt all eyes will be on
Man United v Tottenham
Everton v Watford come Saturday. It's not been a busy Summer for Everton who brought in Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley early in the window and are yet to sell anyone, despite John Stones and Arouna Kone's high demand. For the second season in succession, Everton face a newly promoted side in their first fixture after drawing 2-2 to Leicester on the opening day, last season. Everton have a pretty wretched opening day record over the last 11 seasons (3 wins, 2 draws & 5 defeats) and that's without taking into account the home defeat to QPR following the postponement of Tottenham away a few season ago. The Toffees' last meeting against Watford at Goodison Park came on the opening day of the 2006-07 season in which the home side won 2-1, infamous for a pretty woeful penalty decision in favour of Everton.
The upcoming season will be important for a lot of Everton players after a whole host of underwhelming performances in the previous campaign. Ross Barkley was one of the promising players who under-performed last season, although he wasn't the only one. His season didn't get off to the best of starts with the midfielder picking up a training injury just days before the season began which kept him sidelined for a couple of months and like the rest of the team, not a lot of success followed. Certain stats suggest that his decision making may have improved with a significant hike in the chances created area and he even managed a couple of assists but there's plenty a lot to suggest that Barkley was wary to go at teams during last season as he recorded fewer shots on goal and fewer successful dribbles per90.
The upcoming season is Watford's first Premier League campaign for nine seasons and the Hornets haven't actually lost an opening day fixture (Won 5, Drawn 3) since losing to Everton at Goodison Park when they were last in the Premier League. Unusually for a promoted side, Watford go into this season with a new manager after they appointed former Atletico Madrid manager Quique Flores, who won the Europa League i n 09/10 with the Spanish outfit. Slaviska Jokanovic was the last of four managers who played a part in leading Watford to promotion last season but the club couldn't agree personal terms with Flores' predecessor. The Hornets won more matches in the championship than any other side last season but were held to a draw on the final day which prevented them from taking the title and thus having to settle for second place.
Watford have certainly had a busy summer after signing what could be a whole new XI into their squad. A big part of Watford's promotion last season came from their attacking options as Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both hit 20 Championship goals and Matej Vydra notched 16 league goals which is why they've bought the latter from Udinese. Perhaps surprisingly, Watford have saved Etienne Capoue from the midfield graveyard that is Tottenham Hotspur with a club record transfer fee and have also signed former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami to make up their midfield duo. Miguel Britos has also joined the club but our Napoli correspondent on the forum informs us he's not very good.