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

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Premier League Watford v Crystal Palace

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

Neither side are particularly prolific in front of goal, so 2.5 goals and under at 4/5 with Bet365 looks to be one of the safest options of the day. The Eagles have already won three times on their travels this season, including an excellent 2-0 win at Burnley last weekend – they are a massive looking 2/1 with Betfair to take home all three points and should be backed at this generous price.

Struggling Watford take on a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side in another tough looking fixture for the bottom placed and managerless team.

Palace back on track

After a tough run of fixtures, including games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City and Arsenal that yielded just a single point, manager Roy Hodgson would have cursing his luck at the way the fixture list came out. Those run of results came at a time when the Eagles were riding high in the top six, and showed there is still a gap for them to close to be able to challenge the leading sides on a consistent basis.

With those tough run of games out of the way, Palace have got straight back to winning ways – back to back wins against Burnley and Bournemouth, the latter achieved whilst playing with ten men for most of the game have pushed them back into a healthy seventh position in the table before the weekend fixtures kick off.

Watford sinking fast

Things are not so rosy for Palace’s London rivals, as Watford now stand seven points adrift of safety, with little signs that things might be changing. Caretaker manager Hayden Mullins may find this is his last game in charge, with former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson in the frame to try and pull off another famous escape act as he did so with the Foxes several seasons ago.

With just nine goals scored all season, it is not difficult to see why the Hornets are struggling – along with a defence that has shipped 30 goals already, everything points to being an almost certain relegation campaign. The warning signs were there even at the back end of last season, as Watford lurched into the FA Cup final on the back of a string of defeats, some of which turned out to be heavy losses, form they have carried into this season.

Team News

Watford could be boosted by the return of Christian Kabasele and Roberto Pereyra from hamstring injuries, and Captain Troy Deeney is in line for his first home start since mid-August. Defender Craig Dawson looks set to miss out with a head injury.

Crystal Palace are likely to be without Max Meyer, who is suffering from a virus. At the back Mamadou Sakho is suspended after his midweek red card, and Joel Ward and Patrick van Aanholt are injured. Manager Roy Hodgson will hope Gary Cahill and Scott Dann could return to help out his ever increasingly stretched resources at the back.

Palace to make it three in a row?

Despite a number of defensive casualties at the back through injury and suspension, it is difficult to see how the division’s lowest scorers will pick their way through what is always a well drilled and organized defence for Palace. With Wilfried Zaha beginning to find some form as well, Watford look vulnerable to his pace and trickery on the break and Palace should be able to easy to a third successive league win.

Punter's Pick

Neither side are particularly prolific in front of goal, so 2.5 goals and under at 4/5 with Bet365 looks to be one of the safest options of the day. The Eagles have already won three times on their travels this season, including an excellent 2-0 win at Burnley last weekend – they are a massive looking 2/1 with Betfair to take home all three points and should be backed at this generous price.

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