Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Preview and Betting Tips

March 14, 2017

- Grant Whittington


Saturday 18 March – Selhurst Park – Premier League

The Hornets have taken the lead and lost it more than any other club in the Premier League this season. Don’t be surprised if all three points are surrendered once again.

Past meetings

The two sides are perennial mid-table dwellers and results on the pitch have a similarly consistent theme. Usually only one goal separates Saturday’s competitors, so much so that only twice in the past 10 times this fixture has had a winner has the gap been more than one goal. That was when Palace won 2-0 and 4-0 in the 2011/12 Championship season.

Team News

Crystal Palace will continue to miss Papa Souare, Connor Wickham and Patrick Van Aanholt but Steve Mandanda should return after recovering from a knee injury. Loic Remy, who has barely had a chance to show what he can do since completing a loan move from Chelsea last summer, could be available for selection. With no suspensions and no recent casualties, Palace’s direct approach and 4-3-3 system should remain intact.

Watford have their own misfortune with new forwards and injury troubles. Record signing and long-term absentee Roberto Pereyra is expected to miss the remainder of the season and January recruit Mauro Zarate isn’t expected to return until the start of the new term either. Star man Nordin Amrabat should feature after recovering from an ankle injury and Daryl Janmaat could start from the bench.

Crystal Palace vs Watford Preview and Predictions

Whether they be home or away, Watford have an incredible knack of taking an early lead as they heap pressure on their opponents from kick-off. However, they also have the incredible knack of conceding before half time and going on to lose the game.

It may be the wrong kind of consistency, but some positivity can be taken from their ability to start well. The block appears to be only mental, as on paper they have one of the strongest squads in the bottom half.

Facing a side as poor as Palace, who may not be able to hit back, could offer Walter Mazzarri’smen a boost. Even this late in the season, and during an increasingly chaotic relegation scrap, Palace can offer a kick-start to the Hornets’ season and push them towards confirming survival.

Recommended Bets

Troy Deeney first goalscorer at 15/2

Even with the big money imports like Pereyra, Isaac Success and Zarate, Deeney remains Watford’s main man and has scored the first goal of the game in his last two appearances, with the last being a sensational improvisational volley against Southampton.

Watford to win by one goal at 11/2

With it becoming a key part of Mazzarri’s set up, Watford will go looking for a goal early and should be able to find it. Are Palace good enough to draw level? Potentially. But the trend of winning by a single goal is indication enough to favour the away side.

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