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TT Battle: Abdoulaye Doucoure vs Idrissa Gana Gueye

Watford will welcome Marco Silva back to his old stomping ground on Saturday when Everton visit Vicarage Road in the Premier League.

Both sides currently sit in mid-table as they fight it out in the race for seventh, although the pressure is thought to be firmly on The Toffees after a poor run of form.

Silva could look to turn to Idrissa Gana Gueye to help turn things around, whilst Javi Gracia will want to see star man Abdoulaye Doucoure win the midfield battle.

However, who is more important to their side’s chances of coming out on top?

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Doucoure had an extremely impressive season for The Hornets last year and has continued with those performances this season.

The 26-year-old joined from Rennes two years ago for a fee believed to be around £8million – a transfer that can be considered a bargain coup for the Hertfordshire outfit.

His displays in the middle of the park have not gone unnoticed, with a number of Europe’s top clubs having held an interest in the Frenchman this January.

Doucoure has the ability to be a dangerous threat going forward, as well as being able to break up the play, having scored three goals and providing a further five assists for Watford so far this season.

TT Grade: A-

Idrissa Gana Gueye

As vital as Doucoure has been for Watford, Gueye has been for Everton over the past few seasons.

Having joined from Aston Villa, the Senegal international has continued to excel at Goodison Park and has been recognised as one of the top midfielders.

Like his counterpart, Gueye has also attracted some of the top clubs over the past few transfer windows, with Paris Saint-Germain having a number of bids rejected, including one on Deadline Day.

Gueye has the ability to be a rock in the middle of the field for Everton, making a number of crucial tackles, and brings a certain tenacity to the side, although that has been missing recently.

TT Grade: B+

The Verdict:

Gueye is extremely vital to Everton and Silva if they are to be able to turn things around at Goodison Park, however, there will be doubts about his mindset after a late offer from PSG was turned down.

Doucoure has been solid in his past two campaigns with Watford and a man that The Toffees boss has had once before, he would surely love to have the Hornets’ lynchpin in his side this season.

For that reason, Doucoure takes the win in this battle.

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