Watford v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 22, 2018
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon, with both teams showing good form at the start of the new season. The Hornets are looking to maintain their 100% record, while Palace put in a good performance despite losing against Liverpool on Monday night.
Palace are unbeaten in their last five against Watford, winning three of those matches including an FA Cup semi-final in 2016. The most recent meeting between the sides was at Vicarage Road in April, with the game ending goalless.
Younes Kaboul and Tom Cleverley continue to miss out for Watford, although there’s a trio of players nearing a comeback. Gerard Deulofeu, Stefano Okaka and Nathaniel Chalobah could all return from injury at the beginning of September, but this game comes too soon for them.
Connor Wickham and Jonny Williams are both doubts for the visitors, while Scott Dann is a long-term absentee after a knee ligament injury last season. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is suspended following his sending off against Liverpool, when he took out Mohamed Salah as the last man.
Watford v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Both of these teams are looking to keep the positivity going, as they bid to mount a challenge for a top-half finish this season. Watford have won both of their opening Premier League games, while Palace felt aggrieved in their defeat against Liverpool.
The Hornets put Brighton away relatively easily on the opening day of the new campaign, but their 3-1 victory at Burnley was arguably more impressive. Javi Gracia has had his first full summer in charge at Vicarage Road, and seems set for an encouraging season.
The home team are the 8/5 favourites for the win on Sunday, although Palace aren’t far behind at 48/25. Roy Hodgson wasn’t having the penalty given against Mamadou Sakho for a second, despite what looked like a trip on Mo Salah.
The fact that the Eagles were so disappointed to lose against the team considered to be Manchester City’s likeliest challengers should give their supporters heart though. Palace played some nice football at times, like they did against Fulham in their first game.
The result of this game looks to be quite tough to call, bringing the draw into play. If you think the game will end with honours even, you can get odds of 12/5.
The score draw at 7/2
These teams look evenly matched, but they both have goalscorers in their ranks. It could be a close game, but both teams are expected to hit the back of the net.
Wilfried Zaha to score first at 7/1
The Palace forward has looked lively at the start of the season, after staying put in the face of interest from other clubs. He could be a great shout for the first goal at these odds.