Premier League Preview – Watford
Two games into the new Premier League season and it is almost as if it had not gone away as the Eagles prepare for ther second away trip.
Next up, Palace travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford side who have started the season well with two wins from two, one of six teams who retain a perfect record.
The hosts will be keen on keeping up their good start with a third win in succession. This is a familiar situation for the Hornets who often start well but fade in the second half of the season. With the likes of Roberto Pereryra and Will Hughes shining already, they will be a difficult proposition.
Palace are unbeaten in the last seven away matches in all competitions against the Hertfordshire outfit so you can forgive the home fans for rarely looking forward to this fixture with Wilfried Zaha all to often public enemy number one.
Regardless, Palace will be encouraged by their opening day win and running a very good Liverpool side close on Monday night. Whether there will be any after effects of that tough game remains to be seen but we are early enough in the season for it to be shaken out of the legs with relative ease.
This match up promises to be a fascinating encounter between two sides that like to play football and attack at will. Palace will be seeking their second win, Watford their third. Something may have to give, but then Wilf is always a pain in the Hornets side.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (ban), Jonny Williams (hamstring), Connor Wickham (calf), Scott Dann (knee) are all unavailable.
WATFORD – Miguel Britos (knock) is a slight doubt while Ben Wilmot (knee), Younes Kaboul (foot) and Tom Cleverley (achilles) are unavailable. Gerard Deulofeu (groin), Stefano Okaka (thigh) and Nathanial Chalobah (knee) are major doubts.
The last time these two sides met was in a goalless draw back in April in a tense, tight affair at Vicarage Road. Despite the paintwork being hit twice by the visitors and once by the hosts, the game did not see any goals. However, the game will be remembered for an odd booking for Zaha after an alledged dive.
Who Scored man of the match – James Tomkins (8.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 21/04/2018 Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 12/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
- 18/03/2017 Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
- 26/12/2016 Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 24/04/2016 Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
Previous results for Palace;
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
- 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
Previous results for Watford;
- 19/08/2018 Burnley 1-3 Watford
- 11/08/2018 Watford 2-0 Brighton
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Roberto Pereryra 8.16
- Wayne Hennessey 7.66
- Will Hughes 7.63
- Andros Townsend 7.50
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – River Plate, Udinese, Juventus
Born in San Miguel Tucuman, Argentina, Pereryra began his career at River Plate. He made his debut in 2008 and went on to make almost fifty appearances for the club before moving to Udinese in 2011. After impressing in his first stint in Serie A, an initial loan move to Juventus took place in 2014 before earning a permanent move in 2015 for a fee of fourteen million Euros. After struggling to hold down a regular place in Turin, the Argentinian international moved to Watford in 2016 for an undisclosed fee.
The Who Scored prediction is a draw which perhaps goes against the form guide a little as the hosts are unbeaten heading into this game. However, there is a feeling that this will be the toughest test they will have faced so far and with the Eagles smarting from the home defeat to Liverpool on Monday, they will be looking to bounce back. TEB are going for a narrow win for the visitors instigated by Zaha much to the annoyance of Harry the Hornet.
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 6/4
- Draw 9/4
- Away 15/8
- Both teams to score 5/6