Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup last 16 will be at stake when Everton and Luton take on each other at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The Toffees have been producing fine displays in January, with the team eliminating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, while sharing the spoils with Aston Villa in the Premier League. Idrissa Gana Gueye is on international duty with Senegal, while both Ashley Young and Dele Alli continue to miss out with injuries.
The Hatters, on the other hand, did well to beat Bolton in the FA Cup replay, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Everton, who have turned their Goodison Park into a real fortress. As for the away team, Issa Kabore is representing Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations, while both Marvelous Nakamba and Tom Lockyer are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Abdoulaye Doucouré):
French international midfielder Abdoulaye Doucour is a bundle of raw energy and a player who was voted Watford’s Player of the Season during the 2017/18 campaign. A deep-lying midfielder who takes part in play build-up from behind is a defensive asset who took time to blossom and announce himself at the international stage. He first burst to prominence at Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2012 after a year with the club’s B side and went on to play 75 league matches and score 12 goals.
Watford bought Doucoure in 2016 but sent him on loan to Granada, where he took part in 15 league matches. Determined to prove his worth in the Premier League, the Frenchman of Mali descent wasted no time in grabbing a starting spot under both Marco Silva and Javi Garcia, respectively, upon his return from Spain.
The total of 38 matches played along with 8 goals scored made Doucoure one of the most sought-after assets in the summer of 2018 but the player remained at Vicarage Road despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Highlighted Team (Luton ):
Founded back on April 11, 1885, Luton Town are an English club that compete in the Championship. The Hatters welcome their rivals at Kenilworth Road, the stadium which was opened in 1905. The capacity of the stadium is 10,356, with Luton Borough Council owning the venue.
Luton Town wear orange shirts with a little white and dark blue and dark blue shorts when playing at home, whilst their away colours are white and dark blue. Andy Rennie is the club’s all-time top scorer, netting 162 goals in all competitions for the Hatters. The likes of Joe Payne, Hugh Billington, Bernard Streten, Dyd Owen, Bob Morton, Ron Baynham, Gordon Turner and Mal Donaghy are one of the club’s most notable players as well.
Luton Town finished the 2018/2019 League One campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will compete in the Championship in the 2019/2020 season.