Silva confident goals will come

Marco Silva has defended his strikers at Everton but has not ruled out making a move for another forward in the January transfer window.

The Toffees have scored just two goals in their last four leagues games and are the lowest scorers of the top eight with 21 goals from their 15 games so far.

They are in sixth position in the table, albeit well adrift of Arsenal in fifth and ahead of a match at home to Watford, Silva's previous club, on Monday, the Everton boss is backing his strikers to come good.

He told a press conference: "If you want to just look at the last few games, look at the games we played. It is not easy for strikers to score at Stamford Bridge, and Liverpool have conceded just one goal at home [in the Premier League] this season.

"Yesterday [against Newcastle] we controlled the match and all the moments. We created many chances but just scored one goal. To look at the last four games is not fair because we had chances to score more than one goal. The chances we created in the first half were enough to win the match against Newcastle."

Silva added that all clubs in the Premier League were in the market for a striker who can score 20 goals a season though he stressed he was happy with the players at his disposal.

Everton are 8/11 to win at Goodison Park on Monday night with Watford 4/1 and the draw 5/2.

Silva also told the assembled media that Jordan Pickford had responded well against Newcastle after his error in the 96th minute led to Liverpool winning Sunday's Merseyside derby.

He also said that Morgan Schneiderlin could be fit enough to return against the Hornets on Monday.

Everton are 9/2 to finish in the top six in the Premier League while they are 80/1 to break into the top four.

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Schneiderlin aims to finish on a high

Morgan Schneiderlin is keen to impress Everton's new management team when they play against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

Sam Allardyce has been named as the club's permanent boss and, although he will not attend the game in Cyprus, new first-team coach Craig Shakespeare will be there.

Everton have failed to win any of their first five group matches in the competition and will not be involved in Monday's draw for the last 32 even if they beat Apollon.

Former Southampton and Manchester United midfielder Schneiderlin has struggled to show his best form in the first four months of the campaign and has not started the recent victories against West Ham and Huddersfield Town.

However, the Frenchman is expected to be named in what will be a much-changed Toffees team in Cyprus. Kevin Mirallas, Davy Klaassen, Muhamed Besic, Joel Robles and Nikola Vlasic could also feature against a team that drew 2-2 at Goodison Park in September. Another draw on Thursday can be backed at 27/10.

"I want to prove myself in every game," said Schneiderlin, 10/1 to score at any time against Apollon. "There is a new management team coming in so it's a fresh start for everybody.

"I haven't had the chance to [start] in the last two games but it's going to be up to me to show what I can do and that I can make a difference for the team.

"We want to win the game to finish the campaign on a good note. You have to give your maximum – that's the only thing you can control."

Unsworth targets successive wins

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth is keen to see his side back up their win against Watford with another victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Toffees came from two goals down to defeat the Hornets 3-2 at Goodison Park just before the international break and Unsworth is eager to see the momentum from that game carried forward to another vital clash.

Everton lifted themselves out of the bottom three with that win and Unsworth wants to see his side back that up with another result which could help lift them towards mid-table respectability.

He told reporters: "It's crucial and it will be a tough game (but) I think we can pose them some problems.

"You win a couple of games and you fly up the table. If we can get that win tomorrow and get ourselves up around the middle and into the top ten – we're only four points away.

"Back-to-back wins are so vital in the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Unsworth also confirmed that both midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and winger Kevin Mirallas remain part of his plans, despite the duo being left out of the matchday squad which took on Watford.

He added: "Honestly, I can assure all the Everton fans that both players are fully committed to this great club."

Everton are available at 17/2 to win 1-0 at Selhurst Park, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2, while the visitors are 12/5 to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, Unsworth also confirmed that Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie are making progress from long-term injuries, but none of them are in contention for this weekend.

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Schneiderlin relishing European tests

Morgan Schneiderlin thinks the Europa League games against MFK Ruzomberok will provide the perfect opportunity for the new Everton players to shine.

Ronald Koeman's side face the Slovakian team at Goodison Park on Thursday in the first leg of their third qualifying round clash and former Southampton and Manchester United star Schneiderlin is looking forward to the encounter.

Everton have signed Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Cuco Martina this summer and Schneiderlin has been impressed with them all in pre-season training.

"I have played in Europe before so I know what to expect," he said. "We need to qualify and, hopefully, we will.

"I was very happy with my first six months and now I want to build on that.

"We have a lot of new faces. The ambition of the club is one of the first reasons why I came here. They want to bring in good players and win some trophies.

"As you can see, they have kept their word by buying good players and making smart investments. Now we need to prove on the pitch that we will be able to play together, to find the best form and push for things."

Everton can be backed at 9/2 to win Thursday's first leg 3-0 while the Toffees are 4/9 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Koeman's side are 20/1 to win the Europa League outright this season while Arsenal can be backed at 9/1.

Schneiderlin boost for Koeman

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is pleased to report that Morgan Schneiderlin has recovered from a thigh injury.

The former Southampton and Manchester United midfielder will be available for their final home game of the season against Watford, which Everton are 9/20 to win.

However, goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been ruled out of Friday's clash because of a groin problem.

"It is a long list of players who are not available," said Koeman. "Stekelenburg is not fit because he has a groin problem, but Morgan is fit.

"The game for us on Friday is important because we want to finish strongly at home and to put on a good performance for the fans. We want to get our 13th home win, which would be very strong."

Meanwhile, Koeman has warned Ross Barkley that he needs to decide before the end of next week whether his long-term future is at Goodison Park.

The Dutchman added: "It is still one week until the end of season. There's still time for him to decide. Before next weekend we need an answer.

"Either he accepts the contract or we sell. Too many times and you begin to have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay."

Barkley is available at 21/10 to score at any time against the Hornets.