Everton have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone this month thanks to consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since September, and have a chance to extend their one-point cushion when they travel to already relegated Watford.
The Toffees still have a game in hand on those below them, but Frank Lampard knows his side must continue to better the results of relegation rivals Burnley and Leeds.
The weekend’s results ensured the Hornets will return to the Championship next season, which means they no longer have anything but pride left to play for.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.
When is kick off? Wednesday 11 May, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Vicarage Road
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Special* (UK), Peacock Premium (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube
Referee? Mike Dean
VAR? Andy Madley
*studio updates only
Hassane Kamara is suspended after his red card against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Samir and Tom Cleverley are both doubts with knocks they sustained at Selhurst Park, while Joao Pedro, Cucho Hernandez, Imran Louza and Juraj Kucka are ruled out.
Yerry Mina misses out after coming off in the first half against Leicester in Everton’s last game.
Donny van de Beek and Ben Godfrey are close to being available but this fixture has come too soon, with upcoming clashes against Brentford and Crystal Palace more realistic for them to return.
Vitaliy Mykolenko should be available after his problem against Leicester was identified as nothing more than cramp.
There is will almost certainly be no repeat of the 5-2 thrashing that Watford dished out at Goodison Park in the autumn unless they suddenly stir now that it is too late – they have lost each their last six Premier League games so it doesn’t seem likely.
Everton therefore go into this vital clash as favourites. Lampard seems to have finally instilled something in his players and securing victories over both Chelsea and Leicester is no mean feat.
Watford do have the potential to cause damage, but the chance feels a slim one.
Prediction: Watford 1-3 Everton