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Everton and Watford: Premier League's newest rivalry

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Everton and Watford may not be one of the traditional great Premier League rivalries - but the clubs meet at Goodison Park on Saturday for a fixture that has had inflatable snakes, threats of legal action and even Kelly Clarkson played in anger as its recent backdrop.

The bad blood started flowing in November 2017 when Everton made Watford manager Marco Silva their prime target after sacking Ronald Koeman only nine games into his second season as they lay in 18th place.



In a statement condemning "an unwarranted approach from a Premier League rival", Watford underscored "a deterioration in focus and results".



Watford then made a formal complaint to the Premier League alleging Everton had approached Silva illegally.

Everton were impressed by Silva's early work at Watford, making their first approach after he had only taken charge of 11 league games.

He was out after one win in 11 Premier League games, after losing only one of his first eight.

Everton finally resolved their dispute with Watford, thus avoiding the possibility of a full, independent QC-led inquiry being launched by the Premier League, by paying £4m in compensation in February.
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