Despite failing to score in the Selhurst Park whirlwind at the weekend against Crystal Palace, the only away side to boast a higher xG (1.22) were Manchester City, Sheffield United and Chelsea suggesting Everton did create enough quality opportunities to score in the match. Everton finished that match with 65% of possession which isn't rare for an opponent against Crystal Palace but interestingly, no team posted a better PPDA (Passes Per Defensive Action) this weekend than Everton (4.19) meaning that Crystal Palace were only allowed on average 4(.19) passes before Everton intercepted the ball or attempted a tackle, a result of Silva's pressing philosophy. One of the main issues highlighted in the 0-0 was the (lack of) impact from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Below shows how Alex Iwobi may affect the result of these sort of matches.
Sigurdsson is definitely a goal-scoring number 10 and that isn't a bad thing with Paul Pogba the only midfielder last season to have a higher xG (0.47) than Sigurdsson. Excellent chances tend to come his way he's been taking those chances at the expected rate. The biggest difference comes in the xGChain90 category which basically takes into account all the passes leading to a chance on goal which sees Iwobi in the league's top 10 from last season (at least 1500 minutes played). His XGBuildup90 is also significantly better which shows passages of the build up that don't end in a chance, such as when Digne whips in a front post cross that DCL completely misses the ball. Iwobi's presence should create better chances for other attackers in the team whilst Sigurdsson's strengths perhaps don't benefit the whole team.
Watford (AKA the jarg Londoners) absolutely hate us and are probably going to get relegated based on their 0-3 defeat to Brighton. Whilst Everton's xG of 1.22 suggested they should have scored against Crystal Palace, Watford's 0.66 reflects why they couldn't score past the Seagulls. To be fair to them, Brighton only finished the match with an xG of 0.86 themselves which shows that the stats suggests Watford were rather unfortunate to concede three goals, including Doucoure's own goal in an effort to force a move to Everton next January. Doucoure was actually Watford's highest assist maker last season and had the highest xA (5.39) in the team, only Sigurdsson (6.79) and Digne (7.71) had better from Everton's squad.
Gerard Deulofeu was binned by Ronald Koeman for not being as good as Bolasie but he was one of the more effective players in the 2015/16 season before the Dutchman's arrival. His role during that season was basically to put chances on a plate for Romelu Lukaku and he did that successfully. It's clear since then that his game has developed to be more direct and he's become more selfish since leaving Everton. His build up stats are actually very similar to Tottenham's Heung-Min Son which gives an idea of just how important he is to this Watford side. However, new signing Ismaila Sarr posted similar numbers as the heartbeat of his former side Rennes meaning he could make a real difference to this Watford side going forward. Either way, it's hard to see past a 6-0 win for Everton.