Premier League Preview – Watford
After successfully navigating the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, it is a return to Premier League duty as Palace host Watford.
The visitors travel to South London off the back of a win at non-league Woking while the Eagles managed to edge out ten man Grimsby.
Once again, Watford have started the season well and sit eighth in the Premier League with 29 points from 21 games. However, they have hit a dip in form having not managed a league win since beating West Ham United before Christmas.
Captain Troy Deeney continues to make the headlines for the wrong reasons after being charged by the FA for comments made after the draw at Bournemouth.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson will be keen to see his side continue their recent good form having only lost once in the last five league games. To do that, Palace have to be more clinical in front of goal at home.
Shooting practice is likely to have been the popular routine on the training pitch this week after 34 shots against Grimsby and 31 against Cardiff City only seeing one hit the back of the net. (We’re ignoring the 4 shots against Chelsea on purpose!)
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Pape Souare (shoulder) will be out for a couple of months after surgery and Christian Benteke (knee) is back training but is a doubt for this one.
WATFORD – Christian Kabasele (shoulder) is a major doubt as is Sebastian Prodl (knee). Andre Gray (leg) remains unavailable.
The last time the two sides met was at Vicarage Road in August where the hosts narrowly defeated the Eagles. Roberto Pereyra scored the opener just after the break and Jose Holebas doubled the lead with a hopeful cross to put the Hornets in control. Palace hit back with just over ten minutes left to play from Wilfried Zaha but they could not find the equaliser.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Kabasele (8.2)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 05/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
- 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 30/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
- 26/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
- 22/12/2018 Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Watford;
- 06/01/2019 Woking 0-2 Watford
- 02/01/2019 Bournemouth 3-3 Watford
- 29/12/2018 Watford 1-1 Newcastle United
- 26/12/2018 Watford 1-2 Chelsea
- 22/12/2018 West Ham United 0-2 Watford
THE RECORD AGAINST WATFORD
- Played 118
- Won 49
- Drawn 27
- Lost 42
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.25
- Etienne Capoue 7.17
- Jose Holebas 7.14
- Luka Milivojevic 7.09
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Chelmsley Town, Walsall, Halesowen Town (loan)
The 30 year old striker began his career with Chelmsley in 2004 before moving to Walsall in 2006 where he made his professional debut. He had a short spell at Halesowen where he hit a hot streak by scoring 8 goals in 10 games. Watford came calling in 2010 who parted with an initial £250,000 for his services which has proved to be money well spent. So far this season, he has scored 5 Premier League goals in 18 appearances.
Back to work for the first choice sides after some players enjoyed a week off as both clubs experienced FA Cup third round success against lower league opposition. Revenge will be on the minds of Palace players following the narrow defeat at Vicarage Road earlier in the season and TEB thinks it can be done if the side banishes the poor scoring record at Selhurst this season. Games between the two clubs have more often than not been tight affairs so we predict Palace to win 1-0.
- TEB prediction – home win
- The Hornets Nest prediction (see link below) – away win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 6/5
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 12/5
- Both teams to score – 20/23