Everton, Watford settle for 2-2 draw at Goodison

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  • Richarlison opens the scoring (15′)
  • Coleman (OG’ – 63′) and Doucoure (65′) flip the script
  • Digne steals a point with late FK (90’+5)

If Monday’s meeting between Everton and Watford — the first time Marco Silva faced his former club — was any indication of how Hornets fans feel about the Toffees’ new manager, they made it abundantly that clear Silva will long be a despised man in parts of London.

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Those traveling fans — inflatable snake props and all — nearly got the last laugh after erasing an early deficit before ultimately conceding a back-breaking equalizer in second-half stoppage time.

Everton took their lead after 15 minutes, in highly controversial fashion, lending further credence to the idea that video review would improve refereeing in the Premier League.

It was Richarlison who victimized his former team, but not without a massive no-call assist from the assistant referee. Theo Walcott stood in a clearly offside position when Andre Gomes touched the ball into space — whether to himself or to Walcott is unclear. Walcott took an obvious touch before Gomes resumed service, cutting the ball back for Richarlison near the penalty spot for a smooth finish Ben Foster.

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The score remained 1-0 beyond the hour mark, at which point the soccer gods flipped this game on its head and shook loose every frenzied occurrence one can wish to see in a game of soccer.

Clumsy own goal? Check, courtesy of Seamus Coleman (WATCH HERE).

Leaping-salmon headed goal? Check, courtesy of Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Penalty kick awarded? Check, courtesy of Christian Kabasele‘s needless foul.

Penalty kick saved? Check, courtesy of Foster, versus Gylfi Sigurdsson.

All in the span of five frenetic minutes, from the 63rd to 68th.

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In fairness, such a drastic swing in momentum had been coming, as Watford slowly but surely gained more and more control following the restart. Doucoure got on the end of Roberto Pereyra‘s lofted cross into the six-yard box just two minutes after Coleman’s gaffe pulled the visitors level.

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Watford appeared to be home free until the game’s final seconds, when Lucas Digne curled an unstoppable free kick past Foster from 22 yards out. It was Kabasele who, again, committed the offense and gave away the chance.

Watch Live: Everton v. Watford

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Marco Silva and Richarlison face their former club as Everton hosts Watford to close out this exciting week in Premier League action. (Watch live at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

Both Everton and Watford are winless in their last three games, with the Hornets having lost each game in that span, making tonight’s match even more important for the two clubs. With a win, Everton can jump past Manchester United (on goal difference) into sixth place, while Watford can catapult itself into the top ten with three points.

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Richarlison starts up top for Everton while Theo Walcott, Bernard and Michael Keane return to the lineup. On the other side, Ken Sema and Domingos Quina take Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah‘s spots in the starting XI.

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Man City deals with tight finish: ‘They pushed but we handled it very well’

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Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster kept Manchester City at bay long enough for Watford to give the Premier League leaders a late scare at Vicarage Road.

Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez gave City a 2-0 lead despite a series of blockbuster saves from Foster, and Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled a late chance over the line.

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That triggered a late Watford flurry in the 2-1 win, but City again proved it has the calm to close out a game when its unable to finish its chances.

“It’s a good old Premier League match,” said Vincent Kompany on NBCSN. “We knew that as soon as we scored, the long balls were going to start coming. Credit to us for staying strong and winning some challenges at the end. … We had a few 1v1 chances and when it doesn’t become 3- or 4-nil anything can happen. The last 10 minutes were a battle but you can’t win every game with fiery football.”

Mahrez, who also assisted Sane’s goal, agreed.

“They pushed but I think we handled the situation very well, to go back with the three points,” Mahrez said. “We knew when we scored the first goal, it opened space. We had a few chances to kill the game but didn’t. So when they scored the goal with the fans and everything, it got a little bit difficult.”

Guardiola had fine words for the opposing goalie and his dynamite left winger.

“Leroy Sane is scoring goals, he is back,” Guardiola said. “It is always difficult at Stamford Bridge, we must recover our legs and our mind. … We had a good performance, we were aggressive and regained the balls. Ben Foster made some incredible saves.”

Watford manager Javi Gracia‘s comments confirm that the managers are in agreement on the matter.

“Ben Foster was great, it is no surprise to me. When I came to London I thought Big Ben was in the city but no, he is in Watford for us.”

Man City survives late scare at Watford

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  • City now 13W-2D on season
  • Sane, Mahrez score
  • Doucoure answers late

It was mostly business as usual for Manchester City until a late Watford rally put a scare into the leaders en route to a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Riyad Mahrez scored after setting Leroy Sane up for the opener, as City moved to 41 points on the young season.

Watford scored late through Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Hornets have one point from its last five matches, and sits 11th with 20 points.

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Man City was very much in control from the opening kick, but Watford and keeper Ben Foster up to the challenge with big saves on Leroy Sane and David Silva amongst others.

It would be Sane who solved Foster after City knocked on the door continuously into the 41st minute, chesting a Riyad Mahrez cross into the goal.

Mahrez got a deserved goal early in the second half to make it all feel academic given City’s dominance and control of the ball.

Gerard Deulofeu picked Fabian Delph‘s pocket to start Watford’s 85th minute goal, Doucoure poking over the line after a scrum.

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Clinical Leicester beat 10-man Watford

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  • Leicester have won all 5 of their home PL matches against Watford, scoring 10 goals and conceding one
  • Leicester five games unbeaten since December 2017
  • Watford have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 away PL games

Leicester City beat 10-man Watford 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as Claude Puel‘s men were clinical against the wasteful Hornets.

First half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison did the business for Leicester, while Andre Gray missed several chances and Etienne Capoue was shown a late red card for a lunging tackle.

With the win Leicester made it five games unbeaten and move up to seventh places on 21 points, while Watford slip to 10th place with 20 points.

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After an end-to-end opening to the game, Leicester took the lead from the penalty spot, as Vardy latched onto a great ball from a Ben Chilwell and was brought down by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Vardy stepped up to score his second spot kick in as many PL games to make it 1-0.

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Buoyed by their opener, Leicester continued to pin Watford back as Marc Albrighton‘s cross just missed Vardy. Leicester’s second did arrive before the break as a swift counter saw Albrighton cross from the right to Maddison.

The English youngster controlled the ball, took a touch and volleyed home without the ball hitting the floor. 2-0 to Leicester, as Maddison was in the headlines for all the right reasons after his red card at Brighton last weekend. Before half time there were chances at both ends as Demarai Gray missed a good opportunity, then Issac Success fluffed his lines for Watford.

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In the second half the game continued in an end-to-end fashion, even though Leicester had the better of the chances.

Demarai Gray hit the post for Leicester after good work from Andreas Perreira but the Foxes looked far from comfortable and were reduced to trying to hit Watford on the counter.

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Substitute Andre Gray missed a glorious chance for Watford as he put a close-range header wide, then Success played in Gray but he got it all wrong as Watford’s final big chance to get back into the game came and went.

Capoue was sent off late on for a lunging tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho, and that summed up Watford’s miserable afternoon.