Saturday 12 January, kick-off 3pm
Selhurst Park – Premier League
This Premier League preview sees Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace play Watford at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles start the game seven points behind the Hornets, who are having a good season up in eighth.
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Palace couldn’t score against Chelsea and Cardiff City in their last two home games, and they need to start finding the back of the net. Watford haven’t had many problems doing that. The Hornets have scored in each of their last eight games, getting 15 goals in the process. We like both teams to score odds at 5/6 with 888sport, while the score draw is 18/5 with the same bookmaker. Our Crystal Palace vs Watford prediction for this game is a 1-1 draw and it’s priced at 11/2.
Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has scored twice as many Premier League goals for the Eagles this season than anyone else. Five of his six goals have been from the penalty spot. He has 18 goals in the English top flight in his career, with 14 of them coming from penalties. Milivojevic is 7/2 to score anytime in your football betting predictions, 10/1 for the first goal, and 82/1 to break the deadlock in a 1-1 draw. All of those odds are available with Betfair.
Luka Milivojevic to score first
Four of the last seven meetings between these teams have finished with a 2-1 scoreline, with both sides winning twice. Watford are the last team to win away in this fixture, beating Palace 2-1 in 2016. They are 12/1 to win by the same score, but the Eagles should be confident after some good results. Palace look a better bet for a 2-1 win at 9/1 with bet365 in your football score predictions, with those odds rising to 64/1 with Jordan Ayew scoring first.
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
What’s the story with Crystal Palace vs Watford?
Is Crystal Palace vs Watford on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas gave Watford a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road in August. Wilfried Zaha pulled one back but Palace couldn’t find another as the Hornets won 2-1.
What are the Crystal Palace vs Watford odds? Crystal Palace are 5/4 in your Premier League predictions, while Watford are 5/2 and the draw’s 12/5. All of those odds are available with Betfair, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…Palace beat Watford with a late comeback in this fixture last season? Darryl Janmaat gave the Hornets the lead inside the first few minutes, but Bakary Sako equalised for the Eagles in the 89th minute. James McArthur then sent Selhurst Park wild with an injury-time winner.
Team news and form
Last six: WWDLWW
Pape Souare has missed a lot of games for Crystal Palace in the last couple of years. That was mainly due to a car accident, but now he’s out for another two months after having surgery on a dislocated shoulder. That looks to have ended the Senegalese left-back’s chances of moving to Bolton Wanderers this month. Christian Benteke is Roy Hodgson’s only other injury problem for these Crystal Palace vs Watford predictions, although the Belgian striker’s nearly fit again.
Last six: WWLDDW
Javi Gracia has two players who are doubtful for this game. Sebastian Prodl has been out with a knee injury for the last few weeks, while Christian Kabasele has had pain in his shoulder, arm and back. Kabasele has been back in training this week, along with Andre Gray. The English striker is definitely out of Saturday’s match though, with Troy Deeney set to start in attack.
Crystal Palace vs Watford prediction, preview and betting tips
Crystal Palace kick off this game six points clear of the relegation zone. If they win, they can start to think about catching the teams above them. If they lose, the teams below them can catch up. There are five clubs below Watford who could move ahead of the Hornets if they lose this game. The last six meetings between these teams haven’t seen an away win though. Palace have won three times, with Watford winning once and two draws.
The home team come into this Crystal Palace v Watford prediction looking for their third win in a row. The Eagles only beat League Two team Grimsby Town 1-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Jordan Ayew scoring an 86th-minute winner. Interestingly, the Ghanaian forward’s three goals against Watford is more than he’s scored against any other Premier League side.
If Palace are going to move away from the relegation places and push up the Premier League table though, they need Wilfried Zaha to find his form. The Ivorian has only scored once since his consolation against Watford in August, which came in Palace’s next match at Huddersfield where he got the only goal of the game. He’s failed to score in 15 games since, which is a nightmare for Hodgson.
Watford meanwhile have a man in form leading the line for them in these football predictions. Troy Deeney has four goals and an assist in his last five games, and scored within three minutes of coming on as a substitute in the Hornets’ 2-0 FA Cup win at Woking on Sunday. That was Watford’s first win in four though, while Javi Gracia’s side have only won two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures.
Palace are in better form, winning four of their last six in all competitions. They upset the football betting odds in style when they beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium last month. That shows the Eagles have big performances in them, as does their 2-0 victory away to Wolves in their last Premier League game. They also beat Leicester City at home in mid-December.
The Hornets may be higher up the league table than Palace, but the Eagles have had some big results in the last few weeks. Both teams have only lost to Chelsea in their last six games, and they look well-matched in this game. This is why we’re going for a draw in our Crystal Palace vs Watford betting tips at 12/5.
Crystal Palace vs Watford first goalscorer predictions
Deeney is 15/2 to score first in this game. The Watford captain looks like he’s back to his best, with more goal contributions in his last four Premier League appearances than in his previous 23. He only managed two goals and one assist in that time. Zaha has first goalscorer odds of 8/1, and the home fans would love their star man to finally end his goal drought on Saturday. He has three for the season so far, and none since the middle of September.
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