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Watford v Crystal Palace Prediction & Betting Tips, 26th August 2018

24th August 2018 / lee
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Watford have made a very positive start to the new top-flight campaign having landed back to back wins and looking brighter than perhaps they were expected to be. They will get a chance to extend their good form on home soil as they face up to Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Eagles got a win in their opener but then feel at home in a defeat against Liverpool. Can they pick themselves back up? Read our Watford v Crystal Palace betting tips for more.

Watford v Crystal Palace Betting Odds*

Watford 7/5
Crystal Palace 2/1
Draw 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.)

Watford News and Form

The Hornets have made a stronger start to the season than expected. Going into the start of the new term, boss Javi Gracia was the favourite to be the first manager to get the sack. But with back to back wins over Brighton and Burnley, it has been a positive and actually very bright start from them. They have looked confident and spirited, having played with plenty of energy.

Granted the fixture list has been kind to them at the start of the season, but after this game, it gets difficult as they face Spurs and then Man Utd in back to back games. So there is big incentive for the Hornets to keep going and we are going to back the game to finish over 2.5 goals at bet365 for 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Watford have worked hard this season to win the ball back and have been pretty creative.

Roberto Pereyra has looked their stand out player so far and for our Watford v Crystal Palace betting, the 11/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market on him has good appeal as an option. Watford finished with a W7 D6 L6 record on home soil last season but they have won five of their last eight league games at Vicarage Road (D2 L1). So they have some decent home form going there. In the correct score market, a Watford 2-1 looks some decent value at 11/1 odds because this will probably their biggest test of the season so far against a Palace side who know how to battle. The Hornets have produced 14 shots per game on average this season, but have been a bit overzealous with their rate of fouls. They have not been afraid to use the long ball with decent effect too this term.

Crystal Palace News and Form

Crystal Palace opened the season with a 2-0 away win out at Fulham. They then put in a decent battling performance at home against Liverpool, but ended up losing 2-0 but only from a penalty kick and then a 90th-minute goal conceded. That was against one of the top teams in the country and they did have their chances in the game. The Eagles are actually undefeated in their last five away games in the Premier League now so they do have that positive going for them.

We are going to back both teams to score for our Watford v Crystal Palace betting tips at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). If you are thinking about goals from Crystal Palace then you are pretty much going to be relying on Wilfried Zaha. They will be missing defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka who picked up a red card against Liverpool. They have fitness doubts over Scott Dann, Jonathan Williams and Connor Wickham.

The Eagles went with Christian Benteke up top against Liverpool but he churned out a really bad game and is likely to drop to the bench. So it does leave everything on Wilfried Zaha who is actually the 9/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from August 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 p.m.). Crystal Palace recorded a W4 D6 L9 record out on the road last season and they averaged under a goal per game, conceding at a rate of over two per game. Their positive start on the road against Fulham this term will give them more hope this time around.

Watford v Crystal Palace Head to Head

Last season it was Crystal Palace on top as they took four points off Watford in their two meetings, which included a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. Palace are undefeated in their last five games against Watford in all competitions. Three of the last four meetings have gone under 2.5 goals and three of the last four between them at Vicarage Road have ended in a draw.

Who will win – Watford v Crystal Palace Predictions

The draw has the most appeal for us in our Watford v Crystal Palace betting tips. Watford have done well but face a Palace side who have the strengths to make life difficult for any sides. Because of how competitive they were against Liverpool in their last game, we are going to back them to get a draw at Vicarage Road.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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