Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth believes Sunday’s Premier League game against Watford at Goodison Park is a massive clash, given the club’s five losses in a row in all competitions.
With 14 goals against during that period, Unsworth is under increasing pressure to prove he deserves to remain in charge in what has been a difficult period for the Merseyside outfit.
He said, “I’m proud to be Everton manager. But it's not about me, it's about what's best for the club. We need a win for the fans and the players. We all need to come together and win a game of football."
For the Hornets, the positive progress continues under boss Marco Silva, who has guided the club to position eight in the league with four wins, three losses and three draws.
In team news, defender Michael Keane could return for the home side after recovering from an infection in a gash in his leg. Cuco Martina is out with head and neck injuries.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka are all available after being rested against Lyon in the Europa League defeat in mid-week.
For Watford, forward Troy Deeney begins his three-game ban after an altercation with Joe Allen in the defeat at Stoke City. Roberto Pereyra, Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Prodl are still injured for the visitors.