Kick-off: 1500, 07/03/2020
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Watford sprang a huge surprise when hammering Liverpool last weekend but we fear they will be quickly brought back down to earth at Crystal Palace.
The Hornets have yet to win away against any team outside of the relegation zone this term, picking up only four points and scoring just five goals in 11 other road trips.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have been strong when entertaining sides below them in the Premier League table, beating Aston Villa, Norwich, Bournemouth, West Ham and Newcastle at Selhurst Park.
That means 8/5 for a home win here is still a percentage pick for our first Crystal Palace vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace look comfortable in 12th place, nine points clear of the bottom three, following back-to-back 1-0 victories over Newcastle and Brighton.
Jordan Ayew’s 70th-minute decider helped Hodgson celebrate a century of top-flight games in charge of the Eagles with a rare win at Amex Stadium last Saturday.
“It was a hard-fought derby – both teams will feel they did everything they could possibly do,” said Hodgson. “We knew we’d have to dig in and fight plenty of battles out there.
“It’s a remarkable victory because this is a fixture where we haven’t done so well in recent years and it’s nice to break that hoodoo.
“It’s good to get back-to-back wins and we’ve got two important games coming up (Watford then Bournemouth away). If they go well, we can kiss relegation goodbye.”
Palace only had 33 per cent of possession against Albion but have the sixth best defensive record in the Premier League.
Four of their home wins this season have been to nil, so 29/10 for another clean-sheet victory here appeals from the Crystal Palace vs Watford odds.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford edged above the drop zone in sensational fashion when beating runaway leaders Liverpool 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
After a goalless first half, Ismaila Sarr bagged a brace and then set up Troy Deeney to cap off an incredible second period.
Nigel Pearson said: “We’ve found it difficult in recent weeks to turn performances into wins, but that surpasses anything else we’ve delivered so far.
“Maybe Liverpool felt they weren’t at the level they are used to, but we had a very good day and we have to try and keep our fate in our own hands.”
However, the Hornets had only picked up two points from their previous five top-flight fixtures and have only beaten two of the bottom three on the road this term.
Gerard Deulofeu is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against the Reds and we’re still keen to take Watford on at this stage.
Let’s finish off our Crystal Palace vs Watford betting tips with 15/4 for a home win and under 2.5 goals in the game.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Masina, Cathcart, Kiko, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Sarr.
Brighton 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACE – Jordan Ayew
WATFORD 3-0 Liverpool – Ismaila Sarr (2), Troy Deeney
Head-to-head: Watford 0-0 Palace, Watford 2-1 Palace, Palace 1-2 Watford, Watford 2-1 Palace, Watford 0-0 Palace, Palace 2-1 Watford
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