Crystal Palace v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

January 08, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Selhurst Park - Premier League

In-form Crystal Palace welcome Watford to South London, as Roy Hodgson's side look to extend their recent unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Past Meetings

Watford won 2-1 at Vicarage Road, when these two sides met earlier this season, however Palace beat them by the same score line when they faced each other at Selhurst Park in 2017-18.

Team News

Crystal Palace will be without captain Luka Milivojevic, who serves a one game ban after picking up his fifth Premier League booking of the season in their win over Wolves. Striker Christian Benteke and defender Papa Soure are both still sidelined through injury.

Watford will hand late fitness tests to Sebastian Prodl and Christian Kabasele, who are both back in light training following knee and shoulder injuries respectively. Former Burnley forward Andre Gray is already ruled out, with a calf problem.

Crystal Palace v Watford Predictions and Preview

Palace have enjoyed a strong run of form in recent weeks, with wins over Leicester City, Manchester City, Wolves and Grimsby, and just one loss in their last six games in league and cup competition. Hodgson's side are still down in 14th, despite this positive sequence of results, and their is still work to be done if they are to avoid the drop.

Watford have an almost identical run of results as they prepare to end face The Eagles, with one loss in their last six games in all competitions, but with just three victories - against West Ham, Cardiff and Woking. Javi Gracia's side remain in the hunt for a Europa League qualification spot, but their form in the coming weeks will determine if they can pip Everton or Leicester to seventh place.

Given how tight a call it is between these two sides, based on their similar recent run of form, a draw, priced at 11/5, looks to be the best option. Both sides have goals in their ranks, with Watford scoring 12 in their last six matches, and Palace netting seven in the same run of games. With that in mind, an over 2.5 total goals scored is a strong betting choice - available at a tempting price of 6/5.

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A 2-2 draw at `16/1

There is little to pick between these two sides, so an outright winner is a difficult call to make, and both sides will be keen to keep heir unbeaten runs going. This fixture does have a history of goals, with six goals scored in the last three meetings between the two sides.

Troy Deeney to score anytime at 5/2

Deeney is bang in form at the moment, with four goals in his last five games for Gracia's side, and he is expected to return to the starting line up, after coming off the bench to score in the FA Cup Third Round win over Woking last weekend.

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