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TT Battle: Javi Gracia vs Marco Silva

Watford take on Everton in the Premier League at Vicarage Road this Saturday with a lot of bad blood between the sides off the pitch.

Meanwhile, on it, the two clubs are having very contrasting seasons when considering the context of things.

As things stand, Watford currently sit eighth in the table and are perceived to be having a good campaign under Javi Gracia while Everton, who are only one point below their upcoming opponents with Marco Silva at the helm, have come under heavy criticism.

A one-point gap between the two teams, yet so much different things being said about the two coaches.

Javi Gracia

Out of Gracia and Silva, the former has been the one winning the plaudits this season — and rightly so.

Under Gracia, who replaced Silva in the Vicarage Road dugout last January, Watford have become a well-rounded team.

In their 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 shape, the Hornets stay compact and remain well organised when defending without sacrificing their attacking threat.

In essence, Watford have become hard to breakdown thanks to the introduction of Gracia with the Spaniard ensuring they also remain capable of scoring goals.

In possession, the likes of Roberto Pereyra, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Gerard Deulofeu all pose danger to the opposition, while Troy Deeney’s presence up front continues to cause problems for central defenders.

Considering all of that, with the budget he is working with, Gracia deserves all the acclaim coming his way.

TT Grade: B

Marco Silva

Silva, in contrast, probably warrants the criticism he is coming in for when looking at the investment that has gone into the squad he is working with.

That, ultimately, is why the Portuguese coach is being spoken about in a very different way compared to his Watford counterpart.

Given Everton’s ambitions of playing in the Champions League and what Silva has at disposal, all things considered, the 41-year-old and his team are underachieving.

Farhad Moshiri would not have expected Silva to guide the Toffees into the top four after just one season but, for the club to find themselves miles behind sixth place with both Watford and Wolves ahead, it is not hard to understand why some supporters are starting to ask questions.

At Watford, Silva made the Everton job look like some sort of dream when the Merseyside club initially sought him out to be their next manager, yet it is quickly turning into a nightmare even if he has shown promise from the Goodison Park dugout with the football he is trying to implement.

TT Grade: C

TT Verdict:

Is it too early to judge Silva’s time at Everton? Perhaps. But that will not stop the Goodison Park faithful from feeling frustrated with what they have seen so far, while Watford supporters no doubt will be taking pleasure in seeing their former manager, who has not been missed, struggle.

This season, in almost every department, tactically in particular, Gracia has been the superior coach, making Gino Pozzo’s decision to sack Silva and replace him with the 48-year-old look like a terrific one.

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