Watford v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 17, 2018
Vicarage Road – Premier League
Watford look for their first win in six games as they host an in-form Crystal Palace side this weekend in the Premier League. The Eagles have seven points from their last four games, and will know that if they can keep it up, they should be safe from the relegation zone.
Palace won the reverse fixture, despite Hornets' defender Daryl Janmaat scoring within the opening three minutes. An 87th minute red card to Tom Cleverly saw substitute Bakery Sako equalise, before James McCarther scored a winner in injury time.
Tom Cleverly is out for the remainder of the season, joining Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu in the treatment room. Yours Kaboul has resumed partial training, however Christian Kabasele could start having recovered from his hamstring problem.
Palace skipper Jason Puncheon has resumed training after a long spell on the sidelines, although Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlup and Bakery Sako remain sidelined. Christian Benteke was fit enough to feature as a substitute last weekend, so should be in contention to start if Roy Hodgson decides to change their winning formula.
Watford v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Having taken over from Marco Silva, Watford manager Javi Gracia appeared to have revitalised the side. However, with just one point from their last five games, the Hornets have plummeted down the table and sit just nine points above the relegation.
Their visitors, Palace, appear to have emerged from their very own dry spell, in which the Eagles went seven games without a win, and were struck with a host of injury problems. With Wilfred Zaha now fully fit, the Ivorian has rediscovered his form and given his side a genuine attacking threat. It was the work of the pacy winger-turned-forward that won last week's match against Brighton for Hodgson's side as Zaha opened the scoring after just five minutes, before adding a second soon after.
Watford are not short on talented forwards on paper, but they have missed Deulofeu, who has been out since January. To make matters worse, Richarlison, their star of the first half of the season, has gone off the boil and has failed to provide a goal or an assists in 2018. With flair not working at the moment, Grazia has tried to make Watford harder to beat, introducing the likes of Kiko Femenia and Roberto Pereyra to the wings. Pereyra in particular has repaid his manager's faith, with two goals in his last three games.
Saturday's game should be a relatively even match-up, with both side keen to take all three points, but a draw perhaps being the fairest result on paper.
Both teams to score at 7/10
Neither side has been defensively solid this season, and could well leak a few goals on Sunday.
Wilfred Zaha to score anytime at 2/1
Zaha is very much a confidence player and is thriving at the moment.