Everton came from 2-0 to win this fixture to win 3-2 last season, but the best Watford had to offer then in the shape of manager Marco Silva and striker Richarlison have since scooted up the M1 to join the Toffees.
And while Watford fans are planning a ‘plastic snake protest’ to show their displeasure at Silva jumping ship – it’ll take more than a few fake reptiles to rattle Everton.
A mid-week speed bump against Newcastle (1-1) temporarily halted Everton’s progress last week, when they were looking for their fifth home win on the bounce.
The Toffees are unbeaten in front of the faithful since the Hammers ran riot (1-3) in September and there’s nothing in Watford’s armoury recently that suggests they can put a further dent in that run.
Javi Gracia’s side have posted just one win in five (away to Wolverhampton) on the road, but did manage to nick a draw at the lowly Saints before Mark Hughes got the bullet.
The Brazilian has already scored two more goals (7) for the Toffees in 13 games, than he managed in the whole of last season for Watford and the early-season rumour mill is already linking him with a summer move to Barcelona.
And while Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson also has three goals in Everton’s last five home games – the scene looks set for the Brazilian to prove his move to Everton was worth it.
Especially if he comes in for some ‘special’ treatment early doors from his former team mates.
It’s unlikely we’ll match last year’s five-goal thriller, but Everton have scored 10 and conceded just two in their last five games at Goodison Park.
Watford on the other hand are scoreless in three of their last five games on the road – so the net-bursting responsibilities may rest with the home side.
While Watford’s Roberto Pereyra has scored five for his side this season, he’s been on the cold list recently with no goals in his last five matches.
On that basis, we’re backing Richarlison, Sigurdsson & Co. to at least get the Toffees on the score sheet. Not too many times, mind.