Kick-off: 1500, 12/01/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
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What Trueform says for Crystal Palace vs Watford
Crystal Palace and Watford have both put together a solid set of results over the past month or so and look evenly matched ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Palace have only lost to Chelsea in their last six games, while the Hornets’ sole defeat in seven matches also came against the Blues.
Punters can get 23/10 for these in-form teams to share the spoils and that is an attractive price for our first Crystal Palace vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace claimed a shock success at Manchester City before Christmas and pulled six points clear of the drop zone when a 2-0 victory at Wolves made it three wins in five top-flight fixtures.
The Eagles laboured to a 1-0 triumph over Grimsby in the FA Cup, needing a late Jordan Ayew strike to settle the issue, despite the Mariners going down to 10 men early on.
“It was a war of attrition,” commented Roy Hodgson. “Football matches need a cut and thrust to be exciting.
“When it is purely a matter of us having the ball for the entire game and facing a team who are very well organised, it doesn’t make for a good game.”
That performance highlighted Palace’s need to bring in a striker after missing out on Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke.
“It’s pretty obvious that if we had that person who score goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-chances, we’d be a lot higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game a lot earlier,” added Hodgson.
Only one of the Eagles’ last six games have produced more than two goals, so 23/4 for a 1-1 stalemate stands out from the Crystal Palace vs Watford odds.
Last Palace EPL line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew.
Christian Benteke could return to the Palace squad after being absent since September 1 with a knee injury, but Pape Souare is out for two months because of a dislocated shoulder.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford also put in a workmanlike cup display after making wholesale changes when obliging 2-0 at Woking.
Will Hughes struck early on before captain Troy Deeney came off the bench to secure the win with a late tap-in, but it was a moderate affair.
Nevertheless, Javi Gracia declared: “I am happy with the attitude of all my players.”
The Hornets had previously shared the spoils with Newcastle and Bournemouth to climb up to eighth in the Premier League, seven points and six spots above Palace.
They have secured the second-highest number of away draws in the top flight with four and another here would do us nicely.
Let’s finish off our Crystal Palace vs Watford betting tips by taking 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Watford EPL line-up: Foster, Mariappa, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Sema, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Andre Gray and Christian Kabasele have returned to training for Watford and defender Sebastian Prodl (knee) is now the only absentee.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 Grimsby – Jordan Ayew
Woking 0-2 WATFORD – Will Hughes, Troy Deeney
Head-to-head: Watford 2-1 Palace, Watford 0-0 Palace, Palace 2-1 Watford, Palace 1-0 Watford, Watford 1-1 Palace
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