Crystal Palace vs Watford
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 12 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Mid-table rivals Crystal Palace and Watford are set to lock horns in what could be an interesting affair on Saturday afternoon at Selhurst Park.
Both teams jumped over their first obstacles in last weekend’s FA Cup round.
The hosts struggled badly to break the deadlock past the fourth-division outfit Grimsby Town, but eventually made it count through Jordan Ayew who bagged the winner four minutes from time.
Ayew also broke the deadlock in the previous Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers away at Molineux. Luka Milivojevic converted the penalty late in the stoppage-time to confirm a huge victory for the Glaziers who moved six points off the danger area with an away success against the top-half opposition.
Can they make it three wins on the spin in all competitions against another top-half rivals Watford here?
Crystal Palace vs Watford: Head-to-head
Palace lead the head to head tie by five wins coming into 42nd encounter with the Hornets.
This is thanks to a phenomenal streak the Glaziers have at home where they won three on the trot against Watford.
The Hornets, however, came on top when teams met each other at the start of the season (2-1 at Vicarage Road).
Crystal Palace vs Watford: Prediction
Javi Gracia managed to rest his main stars without any consequences seven days ago when the Hornets still eased past sixth-division opponents Woking 0-2. Watford thus returned to winning ways after three consecutive league matches without a victory (1 loss and 2 defeats).
The Hornets dropped a two-goal cushion in a 3-3 draw to AFC Bournemouth away at Vitality in their previous Premier League fixture. Crystal Palace have been much more consistent defensively of late. Given they won three on the trot against Watford at Selhurst Park, we fancy the home win at the odds of 2.20 here.
Since Roy Hodgson’s men did not concede more than one goal in past five home outings in all competitions, we will alternatively try with Crystal Palace to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.62.
Crystal Palace vs Watford: Bet Tips
Crystal Palace to win @ 2.20 (6/5)
Crystal Palace to keep a clean sheet @ 2.62 (13/8).