Watford vs Crystal Palace 21.04.2018 - Free Betting Tips

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Six points ahead of the last Premier League relegation spot, Crystal Palace know they can all but secure top-flight status for next season with a win at Vicarage Road against opponents who are safe, but in shoddy form. Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips will certainly be made with the competing motivations of both sides in mind – Palace can save their Premier League spot, while Watford could climb from 11th to 10th with a win. Who will be more up for it?

Watford vs Crystal Palace Best Odds

21. April 2018 | 15:00
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Watford may have home advantage here, but all of the momentum and the urgency is with their visitors, who have taken seven points from their last four games off the back of a run of defeats. As a simple bet, it’s wise to go for Palace to win here, and their odds of 6/4 with Coral seem pretty hard to beat. With that said, Roy Hodgson’s men have a habit of putting their fans through a panicky afternoon before getting the points, so Gamebookers’ 5/1 on the game being level at half time before the Eagles pull away might be the Watford vs Crystal Palace best odds of the weekend. Taking into account Palace’s tendency to occasionally be a little goal-shy, if you feel that the game might be a narrow one then a bet on Palace to win 1-0 can be found at 7/1 with Dafabet and may well be a worthwhile punt.

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Watford vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Form Guide

Hornets Hardly Even Trying Anymore

If you want to see what complacency looks like, check through the highlights of Watford’s last five matches. In the first half of the season, Watford were making the running to potentially be involved in Europe next season; in some ways, they were Burnley before Burnley were. Then their coach at the time, Marco Silva, was distracted by rumours that he was the man wanted for the Everton job vacated by Ronald Koeman. He didn’t get it, and appeared to lose interest in his job at Vicarage Road – to the point where he was eventually fired by the club after a run of one win in eleven games.

The ten points that new manager Javi Gracia picked up in his first five games were enough to secure Watford’s survival, and since then his players seem to have been phoning it in; the club’s owners have a tendency to fire managers for little or no reason, and those players may be questioning the merit in playing for their places when they may well come back next season to see a new man at the helm anyway. As a result, the sole point that Watford have picked up in their last five games came in a 2-2 draw against similarly safe, but equally not-going-to-qualify-for-Europe mid-table side Bournemouth.

Palace may well relish the chance to play Watford at this point. Huddersfield faced them last week needing three points to be confident of avoiding relegation, and promptly got those points through a late winner from Thomas Ince. Having conceded in time added on against Bournemouth as well, there is a developing habit among the Hornets for not seeing things through to the end. Against motivated opposition, this is only likely to end one way.

Eagles Not Soaring, But Far From Grounded

A few weeks back, the received wisdom was that Palace were the side most likely to join West Brom and Stoke as the sides going down, not least because the Eagles had just lost five games in six. In truth, how bad that run seemed should have been set next to who they had to play as part of it. All of the teams involved in the race for Champions League football – and Everton – were always going to be tough opponents and for much of the run Palace were without talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha. With the Ivoirien wide man back, and a more generous fixture list, Palace have been accumulating points recently.

Most importantly, Palace have been winning against the teams around them in the table. A trip to Huddersfield was comfortably negotiated with a 2-0 in while, last weekend, the visit of rivals Brighton saw the sides fight out a five-goal thriller in which Roy Hodgson’s men triumphed by the odd goal. Like this weekend’s opponents, Palace have also found time for a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, whose late equaliser means that Palace can’t feel totally comfortable with their present points total. On 34 at present, they know that 36 would probably be safe – 37 would almost certainly keep them up – and even if they don’t win today there still is a final-day contest with the definitely-relegated-by-then West Brom to come.

At the moment, the biggest problem for Palace is that they can look at the fixture list and see the promise of safety, but looking at the league table makes it seem like a pretty fragile promise. If Southampton suddenly won a few games, Palace would be right back in the mix – so, as Watford vs Crystal Palace match previews are likely to note, they would like to remove all doubt by winning this game.

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2. The Last 5 Games

Watford VS. Crystal Palace

  • Watford Form1 draw and 4 losses in the last five games
  • Watford Goals 4 goals in the last five games
  • Crystal Palace Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last five games
  • Crystal Palace Goals9 goals in the last five games
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Watford vs Crystal Palace Preview: Recent Meetings

It will go down well among the Palace support that the last time these sides met, Watford’s tendency to concede late goals was put on show in a very real way – the visiting Hornets led from the third minute, but saw midfielder Tom Cleverley sent off for a second bookable offence with three minutes to go. After that setback, worse was to come as first Bakary Sako equalised in the 89th minute. Then, a minute into time added on, Palace midfielder James McArthur tapped in from a Zaha cross to inflict one of the four last-minute defeats today’s hosts have experienced this season.

The aftermath of that match was that Palace stepped out of the bottom three for the first time all season. They will be hoping that, once again, Watford are their good-luck charms. People looking at Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips for today will be hoping likewise, knowing that the visitors will bw gunning for a victory against an opponent with that kind of defensive fragility.

Watford vs Crystal Palace Prediction: Away Win

It is odd to think it, but when these sides meet on Saturday, Palace can climb above their hosts in the table, and will with a win. That no-one realistically believes Watford can be drawn into the relegation battle, then, tells its own story. Win here, and Palace can largely start to plan next season with a Premier League budget rather than a Championship one. Palace probably will win, too, because when it comes down to it it is much easier to continue winning than it is to start. The last time Watford won was at the beginning of March, and even then it was only against West Brom.

Palace are the team in form, and have the players in form too. With Zaha on one wing and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the other, they are capable of creating and scoring when it really matters, and are up against an opponent that quite simply will not maintain full concentration for the ninety minutes of this match. All of which makes it surprisingly easy to step forward and make the Watford vs Crystal Palace prediction that we are making – which is that Palace will pick up a win on their travels and secure Premier League football for 2018/19.

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