Key Stat: Watford have only won one of their last nine matches against Crystal Palace, and have not beaten the Eagles at home since 2009.
Expert Verdict: Watford were tipped for the drop after another miserable end to last season, but they have started the new campaign with two wins from two. With confidence high, and Roberto Pereyra in good form, they can make it three in a row at home to Crystal Palace – despite their poor record in this fixture.
Watford vs Crystal Palace Prediction & Betting Tips
Watford vs Crystal Palace Head-to-Head Stats
In 117 previous matches between these two teams, Crystal Palace have won 49 and Watford 41 but the more recent fixtures have been dominated by Palace. Watford have beaten them just once since their return to the Premier League, while the Hornets’ record of just two wins in 16 matches includes defeat in the Championship play-off final in 2013 and FA Cup semi-final three years later. Last season, Palace won 2-1 at Selhurst Park thanks to late goals from Bakary Sako and James McArthur – after Daryl Janmaat had opened the scoring – but the reverse fixture was a goalless draw. Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Apr 21, 2018: Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Dec 12, 2017: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
Mar 18, 2017: Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Dec 26, 2016: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace
Apr 24, 2016: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
Watford vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Crystal Palace may have the better record in this fixture but Watford have made a good start to the new season – putting another dire end to the season behind them to confound pre-season tips of relegation.
The Hornets’ front four have all been in the goals already, as they have scored five in two matches to earn all six points available so far.
And with home advantage against Palace – albeit an advantage they have failed to take advantage of in this fixture in recent years – they can make it three wins in a row.
Roberto Pereyra was in fine form on the opening day, while Troy Deeney and Andre Gray will have been pleased to get off the mark so soon after below-par goalscoring seasons last year.
For Palace, Wilfried Zaha staying could be almost as good as a new signing for the Eagles but Christian Benteke continues to prove frustrating alongside him – the goals having dried up for the big Belgian.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s suspension is a blow too, after looking so good on the opening day, and the frustration of the refereeing decisions that went against them last time out will have hurt.
Palace are capable of bouncing back and look a far better team than at this stage 12 months ago, but Watford’s good form makes it hard to back against them.
Watford vs Crystal Palace Recommended bets with odds
Watford are favourites to beat Palace at a best price of 13/8 with Betfair – the Eagles are 2/1 with Bet365 and the draw is 23/10 with Betfair.
Both sides have some exciting attacking talent in their ranks – Pereyra and Zaha having already grabbed some headlines this season – and both teams to score has been set at a best price of 9/10 with Betfair.
A Watford win and BTTS is 43/10 with 888sport, meanwhile. You can get a best price of 6/5 from Betfair on there being over 2.5 goals too.
Troy Deeney opened his account for the new season last time out, and the Watford striker is 13/5 to score at any time again with 888sport.
Watford vs Crystal Palace Prediction
Watford have made a good start to the season and with the momentum of two back-to-back wins behind them they can end their poor recent record against Palace with a home win.