Watford v Crystal Palace Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 21st April 2018

Watford will be looking to end a run of five games without a win when they host Crystal Palace this Saturday. The Hornets aren’t yet completely safe from relegation but they are trading at odds of 200/1 to finish in the bottom three.

Safety isn’t yet secured for Crystal Palace either but their survival chances received a huge boost thanks to their win last weekend. They can ease their fears even more with another victory here, a result that would see them leap above Watford in the table.

Top Tips

Draw @ 11/5

Both teams to score @ 4/5

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Watford Form

A 1-0 win over rock bottom West Brom at the start of March was the last time the Hornets faithful celebrated victory. Five games have followed since with four disappointing performances. The only exception was the 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth. Watford played well but conceded through a needless penalty and then during injury time when unable to deal with a long free-kick. Javi Gracia was satisfied with how his side played despite the dropped points and the draw did at least preserve his side’s unbeaten home record in 2018.

This run at Vicarage Road came to an end the following week however when Burnley came to visit. Once again Javi Gracia’s men took the lead and once again they were undone by goals from free-kicks. Defending set plays has been a weakness for the Hornets this season, 17 of the league goals they’ve conceded have stemmed from them. To their credit they did defend more resolutely last weekend against Huddersfield, their resistance only broken in the 92 minute. The visitors offered little goal threat themselves however in what was a forgettable match for the most part.

Huddersfield Town v Watford 14th April 2018 1-0 Loss
Watford v Burnley 7th April 2018 1-2 Loss
Watford v Bournemouth 31st March 2018 2-2 Draw

Crystal Palace Form

Palace have looked like a side who believe they can stay up in recent weeks. Had they been a little less unlucky they might have already secured their Premier League status too. They deserved at least a point against Liverpool as Christian Benteke missed two great chances and Saido Mane should have been shown red. Against Bournemouth they were just minutes away from three points but the comeback kings levelled in the 89th minute. That goal meant that in their last five matches, Palace had dropped four points in the 84th minute or later.

There would be no such late heartbreak against Brighton last weekend although it did seem to be on the cards on a few occasions. Palace took the lead as they have done so often lately and were 3-1 ahead after just 24 minutes. They let the Seagulls score again however and this made for a rather nervy ending. Fortunately for the Eagles, Wayne Hennessey put in a commanding performance and Mamadou Sakho was on hand to block a late Glenn Murray chance. A far from comfortable win but one Palace deserved following a string of spirited performances.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion 14th April 2018 3-2 Win
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth 7th April 2018 2-2 Draw
Crystal Palace v Liverpool 31st March 2018 1-2 Loss

Head to Head Stats

Tom Cleverley’s 87th minute red card sparked a remarkable comeback the last time these two teams met. Goals from Sako and McArthur completing the late turnaround.

You have to go back to 2009 to find the last time Watford beat Palace at Vicarage Road, the Hornets losing out on six occasions since.

12th Dec 2017 C. Palace 2 - 1 Watford C. Palace Premier League
18th Mar 2017 C. Palace 1 - 0 Watford C. Palace Premier League
26th Dec 2016 Watford 1 - 1 C. Palace Draw Premier League

Injuries & Suspensions

Both teams have a few long-term absentees as injuries continue to be a common theme for them this season.


  • Tom Cleverely - Could miss rest of the season.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah - Back in training but not with the first team.
  • Gerard Deulofeu - Same status as Chalobah.
  • Younes Kaboul - Training again but lacks match readiness.
  • Jose Holebas - A doubt having collected a knock during loss to Burnley.
  • Andre Carillo - Same situation as Holebas.

Crystal Palace

  • Bakary Sako - Will not play again this season.
  • Jason Puncheon - Expects to return to training next month.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp - Progressing well but needs more recovery time.
  • Connor Wickham - Ruled out with a groin strain.
  • Scott Dan - May even miss start of next season with ACL injury.

Betting Tips

Home advantage and a higher league position hasn’t stopped the bookies making Watford the slight underdogs for what should be a closely contested clash.


Palace have been performing significantly better than Watford the past few weeks but meeting at Vicarage Road should help balance the two teams out. Watford have only lost one home match in 2018 while Palace have claimed victory in just one of their last seven away test. The Eagles have been more competitive in the last two though and with spirits high following last weekend’s win, another decent showing can be expected.

Both Teams to Score

Watford have been rather goal shy of late but this is truer of them away rather than at home. At Vicarage Road, the Hornets have scored in every game since losing to Stoke in October. Javi Gracia’s men are facing a side with just one clean sheet in 11 but a side that does love to attack. Palace have netted 11 times in their last six matches, a tidy return for a team near the foot of the table.

Correct score 2-2

Palace have managed four 2-2 draws under Roy Hodgson and Watford have managed three themselves this season. With a score draw looking likely, another 2-2 doesn’t seem out of the question and it’s a scoreline you can back at a tempting price of 14/1.

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