Kick-off: 1215, 16/03/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
TV: BT Sport
Watford have already beaten Crystal Palace twice in the Premier League this season and are taken to confirm that superiority in the FA Cup.
After coming through three away ties in this competition, the Hornets will relish playing in front of their own fans at Vicarage Road.
That home advantage adds to their appeal and 7/5 for Javi Gracia’s side to prevail in normal time is our opening Watford vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford were predictably beaten at Manchester City last weekend but showed plenty of spirit against the league champions and do seem in good heart.
“We’ve competed well against a very good team,” Gracia told the club website. “In the first half, we had a very good performance.”
Gracia made eight changes at Etihad Stadium, resting Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra and Adrian Mariappa, while starting with Troy Deeney, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas and Gerard Deulofeu on the bench.
That shows the Spaniard is taking this tie seriously and fresh legs will aid Watford’s cause.
They had previously edged out Leicester 2-1 here, while Everton went down 1-0 when visiting Vicarage Road last month.
Both league games against the Eagles have been won 2-1, so 9/1 for a repeat of that scoreline takes the eye from the Watford vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Janmaat, Britos, Masina, Kiko, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Capoue, Success, Gray.
Watford boss Javi Gracia has a full squad to chose from. Defender Miguel Britos has shaken off the leg problem he picked up late on last weekend.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace have already knocked out Tottenham, so we also know Roy Hodgson is very much up for the FA Cup.
The Eagles do have to recover from a frustrating 2-1 home loss to arch-rivals Brighton in the Premier League, though, when they were booed off at the final whistle.
Luka Milivojevic is hoping to make amends and told the club website: “We’re going to try to reach the semi-final to bring our fans to Wembley.”
One plus point for Palace is that they have scored in nine straight away matches, winning on five of their last seven road trips.
The Eagles will put in a bold bid again here, but we still prefer 4/1 for a home win and both teams to score to finish off our Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Batshuayi.
Pape Souare (shoulder) has returned to contention for Palace, boosting Hodgson’s options, with Mamadou Sakho (knee) and Bakary Sako (lack of fitness) both out.
Man City 3-1 WATFORD – Gerard Deulofeu
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-2 Brighton – Luka Milivojevic (pen)
Head-to-head: Palace 1-2 Watford, Watford 2-1 Palace, Watford 0-0 Palace, Palace 2-1 Watford, Palace 1-0 Watford, Watford 1-1 Palace
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