- Everton finished 11th in the PL last season, the club’s worst finish since 2006
- Watford has finished in last place in their previous two PL campaigns
- Everton has won the last nine meetings between the clubs
Everton opens up the 2015-16 Premier League season in front of a home crowd at Goodison Park where the Toffees will face newly promoted Watford.
Watford earned automatic promotion to the PL after finishing second in the Championship last season, but the Hornets are a completely new look team as they have a new manager and have reached double-digits in summer signings.
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You can watch the match live at 10 a.m. ET on USA Network, the first of more than 40 weekend games to be televised live on USA. You can also stream the match live online via Live Extra.
The match pins the league’s two Spanish managers against each other, Roberto Martinez at Everton and Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford. For Martinez, a win is crucial to get the new campaign off to a good start after finishing in the bottom half of the table for the first time in nine years last season. One potential issue for the Toffees is the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku, whose status for the match is still uncertain as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.
Watford is the bookies favorite to get relegated, as the Hornets have finished dead-last in each of their previous two trips to the Premier League. However, with so many new signings and a new manager as well, the Hornets could be the surprise team of the season. The key to their success will be captain Troy Deeney, who is coming off of three consecutive 20+ goal seasons in the Championship.
What they’re saying
Martinez on Everton’s early schedule: “This season is going to be a really challenging campaign from day one because in the first 10 games we face the top seven of last season plus a newly-promoted side that will bring huge enthusiasm that we will need to match.”