Crystal Palace v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Crystal Palace v Watford

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Saturday, March 7, 2020


Selhurst Park

Punter's Pick

Historically this game has not been a high scoring affair and both teams played out a 0-0 draw earlier in the season. Watford however need to be more ambitious given their position and they will be buoyed by their win over Liverpool. Therefore it is worth backing a ‘Draw or Watford’ result at 1/2 with Bet365 as we don’t see Watford losing this game. Either a draw or Watford win will yield a return with Palace unlikely to pose an attacking threat that can get past a solid Hornets defence. The away side also offer more in attack and should create chances throughout the game. This has also been a very combative affair with their last three league games producing five cards or more. Bet365 are offering 8/13 for over 3.5 and we feel this should be backed as it is likely to materialise.

Crystal Palace host Watford at Selhurst Park with both teams coming off wins and looking to push away from the relegation zone. The home side will feel relatively comfortable having opened up a nine point gap but won’t rest easy until they hit the 40 point mark with Watford sitting outside the bottom three but only on goal difference.

Crystal Palace have been solid if not spectacular in recent weeks winning back to back games 1-0 against Newcastle and Brighton. Goals are still a concern for Roy Hodgson but they have managed to get their noses in front and stay there based on a strong defence. Before their win over Newcastle the Eagles had gone winless in eight games losing three on the bounce but they now have the relative security of nine points from the drop zone and will be pushing more for a top half finish than concerning themselves with relegation. Their striking options will have to be reviewed in the summer as Christian Benteke has scored just one Premier League goal all season with Jordan Ayew providing more of a threat when he has started, The ongoing transfer tussle between the club and Wilfried Zaha will also need to be addressed as it is obvious their talisman has his eye on a move away and his form is suffering as a result. For now a workmanlike midfield and solid defence will remain the formula until the end of the season when Roy Hodgson can assess his options in the summer.

Watford continued their amazing turnaround under Nigel Pearson and were fantastic in their last game when they inflicted the first league defeat of the season on Liverpool. The Hornets were combative right from the start and put in an excellent second half showing, scoring three goals. Ismaila Sarr took all the headlines having bagged a brace and the winger will be crucial alongside Troy Deeney in carrying their attack for the remainder of the season. Watford had gone winless in their last six games before that victory but they continued to pick up points from draws ensuring their momentum wasn’t completely lost. With plenty of games against those in and around them coming up and their ability to mix it with the big boys will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.

The setup of both teams for this encounter will be interesting as typically both managers have built their reputations on defence and ensuring they don’t give any space to the opposition. Their defensive units are likely to remain unchanged with Watford forced into a change with winger Gerard Delofeu injured last time out. Roberto Pereyra is likely to replace the Spaniard with Ismaila Sarr on the opposite flank in support of Deeney up front.

Crystal Palace have started with Christian Benteke in both their last two games with Jordan Ayew supporting from the flanks. The chances are the Belgian will continue to lead the line considering the Eagles have won their last two games with Cenk Tosun an option from the bench.

Punter's Pick

Historically this game has not been a high scoring affair and both teams played out a 0-0 draw earlier in the season. Watford however need to be more ambitious given their position and they will be buoyed by their win over Liverpool. Therefore it is worth backing a ‘Draw or Watford’ result at 1/2 with Bet365 as we don’t see Watford losing this game. Either a draw or Watford win will yield a return with Palace unlikely to pose an attacking threat that can get past a solid Hornets defence. The away side also offer more in attack and should create chances throughout the game. This has also been a very combative affair with their last three league games producing five cards or more. Bet365 are offering 8/13 for over 3.5 and we feel this should be backed as it is likely to materialise.

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