Crystal Palace v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Premier League basement boys Crystal Palace host Watford on Tuesday night, in a crunch encounter for both sides ahead of the busy festive period.
Palace has a good recent record against Watford, winning three out of their last five meetings in all competitions, with one draw and one Watford win along the way.
The most famous recent meeting between them came in the 2012-13 Championship play-off final, with Palace the 1-0 winners that day, thanks to Kevin Phillips' 106th minute penalty.to be a tough one
Watford boss Marco Silva has a number of injury concerns ahead of the trip to south London, with ten first team players potentially set to miss out.
Defender Marvin Zeegelaar is suspended following his red card against Burnley, but Kiko Femenia and Miguel Britos are both back in training but will face late fitness tests ahead of the game.
Steven Okaka, Will Hughes, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart and Tommy Hoban are all sidelined through injury.
Crystal Palace are also missing a few first team players ahead of this game, with Mo Sakho, Joel Ward, Yohan Cabaye, Damien Delaney, Lee Chung-Yong and Connor Wickham all out of action until mid December at the earliest.
Crystal Palace v Watford Preview and Predictions
Palace have stabilised somewhat in recent weeeks, unbeaten in five Premier League games, in a run that including two 0-0 draws and two 2-2 draws for Roy Hodgson's team. They are really struggling to turn draws into wins at the moment, and a tie against a Watford side that has exceeded expectations so far this season, they could be in for a tough test.
The Hornets lost to Burnley in their last game, but Silva's side have proven themselves to be tough operators this season, despite being three games without a win.
This game looks to be a tough one to call, Watford's form is not quite what it was and despite their struggles, Crystal Palace look desperate for points at the moment.
With that in mind, a draw looks to be a good option in this game - priced at 13/5.
Given Crystal Palace's lack of goal scoring form, and Watford's stuttering form, this is unlikely to be a classic game - an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 19/20.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Palace are in desperate need of points currently, and they will be under pressure in front of their home fans, and Watford will just be keen to avoid back to back losses in midweek. This should lead to them both essentially cancelling each other out at Selhurst Park.
Troy Deeney to score first at 11/2
Deeney has forced his way back into Silva's first team in recent weeks, and despite a relatively low goal return of two goals this season, his injury troubles look to be behind him. His physical power and aerial ability will cause problems for a makeshift Palace defence, missing both Sakho and Ward.