Saturday 16 March, kick-off 12.15pm
Vicarage Road – FA Cup
This FA Cup preview sees Watford and Crystal Palace get the quarter-finals underway at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. It’s a big opportunity for both teams, after they each lost at the weekend.
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What’s the story with Watford vs Crystal Palace?
Is Watford vs Crystal Palace on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BT Sport.
What happened last time? Watford won 2-1 at Selhurst Park in January. Craig Cathcart equalised for the Hornets after scoring an own goal earlier in the game to put Palace ahead, setting the stage for Tom Cleverley to win it for the visitors.
What are the Watford vs Crystal Palace odds? Hosts Watford are the 31/20 favourites in your FA Cup predictions, while Crystal Palace are 21/10. The draw after 90 minutes is 11/5 with Betway, where you can pick up £30 in free bets by registering here.
Remember that time…Palace beat Watford in the FA Cup semi-finals in 2016? Connor Wickham scored the winner for the Eagles at Wembley, but Palace went on to lose the final to Manchester United.
Team news and form
Last six: WWWLWL
Miguel Britos is the only player who’s an injury doubt for the hosts in these Watford v Crystal Palace predictions. The defender went off in the last 10 minutes against Manchester City at the weekend with a knock. Craig Cathcart replaced him, and could line up on Saturday after an eventful afternoon against Palace earlier this season.
Last six: DWWLWL
Mamadou Sakho looks set to miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery. Thankfully for Roy Hodgson, Scott Dann is fit again after a long-term knee injury of his own. He’ll continue to partner James Tomkins in central defence in Sakho’s absence. Apart from that, Pape Souare is the only other injury concern for the visitors.
Watford vs Crystal Palace prediction, preview and betting tips
They may not admit it, but Watford will surely be looking for revenge this weekend. Missing out on the FA Cup final at Wembley a few years ago must have hurt, but the Hornets have a chance to get back to the semis here. Crystal Palace will also view these football predictions as an opportunity to exact revenge, after losing twice to Watford already this season.
The Hornets have already beaten Palace 2-1 home and away this term. In fact, five of the last eight meetings between these sides have finished with a 2-1 scoreline. Watford have won on three of those occasions. A 2-1 Hornets win could be worth a look in the football score predictions, at 9/1 with William Hill.
Javi Gracia’s side lost 3-1 at Manchester City on Saturday, and 5-0 against Liverpool in their previous away game. They beat Leicester City 2-1 in their last match at home though, and have only lost to members of the Premier League ‘big six’ since the start of December. That should give the home fans some confidence coming into this Watford vs Crystal Palace prediction.
Palace meanwhile lost the M23 derby at the weekend – or perhaps the A23 derby if you prefer. Roy Hodgson’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton, where they played plenty of decent football but too often fell short in the final third. The Eagles have actually been in better form on the road recently, and are looking for their fourth straight away win.
Both of these teams are capable of playing attractive football going forward, and have dangerous players to hurt the opposition. With a spot in the last four of the cup at stake, this could be a lively encounter. With that in mind, we like both teams to score odds at 17/20 with William Hill. You can add the home team to that bet as the winners for 21/5 in your Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
If you’re after a scorecast in this football prediction, you could add Gerard Deulofeu getting the first goal in a 2-1 Watford win. That’s priced at 58/1 as part of your free football betting tips for this weekend’s game.
Watford vs Crystal Palace first goalscorer predictions
Deulofeu scored within seconds of coming on against Man City at the weekend, even if it was only a consolation. The Spaniard has been in good form recently, hitting a hat-trick against Cardiff City at the end of February. He is 6/1 with Betfair in the first goalscorer odds for this game, which is the same price at Watford strikers Troy Deeney and Andre Gray. Michy Batshuayi meanwhile is 13/2 for the away team. The on-loan Belgian striker has two goals in his last four games, and has been lively since joining Palace.
Both teams to score
Watford to win and both teams to score
Watford to win 2-1
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.