Watford v Crystal Palace Preview

December 25, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEnglish Premiership action Boxing Day afternoon comes from Vicarage Road Stadium and features Watford versus Crystal Palace.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Watford v Crystal Palace Preview, Premiership, 26th December 2016

Watford head into this game on Boxing Day having had a decent enough first half to their season so far. The hosts currently occupy 12th position in the league table on 21pts having won six, drawn three and lost eight of their seventeen matches played.

A victory in this match against Palace could potentially move Watford up into a top ten position if other results go their way and with their good home record at Vicarage Road this season, many people will fancy them to secure all 3pts from this one.

Crystal Palace head into this game having had a very poor season so far, so much so that the club decided to part ways with manager Alan Pardew last week. The good news for Palace fans is that big Sam Allardyce has now came into to replace Pardew and with his record of keeping sides up in this league, there is renewed hope for Palace fans.

Watford Team News :

The hosts will be without defender Craig Cathcart for this game as the player continues to recover from a groin injury, but both Prodl and Okaka could feature if they pass a late fitness test.

Crystal Palace Team News :

The visitors continue to be without the services of James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako, Loic Remy, Pape Souare and Steve Mandanda as they recover from long term injury problems, but Mathieu Falmini could feature having now recovered from a groin injury and having completed training this week.

Watford v Crystal Palace Head to Head Statistics:

Boxing Day’s afternoon game from Vicarage Road Stadium will become the 37th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Watford have won 12 times overall with 5 of those victories having came with home advantage.

Crystal Palace have managed to secure 16 victories overall with 7 of those having came away from home and with a new manager on board who has a fantastic record of keeping teams up in this league, the visitors could pull off a bit of a shock result in this one.

As we can see from our head to head to head statistics table shown below, the last five recent meetings shows Crystal Palace with a clear advantage, having won three times, compared to Manchester City having won one and the remaining match having finished all square.

24/04/16 FAC Crystal Palace – Watford 2 : 1
13/02/16 PRL Crystal Palace – Watford
1 : 2
27/09/15 PRL Watford – Crystal Palace 0 : 1
27/05/13 CHA Crystal Palace – Watford 1 : 0
08/02/13 CHA Watford – Crystal Palace
2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

101 Goals have been scored in the previous 36 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.81.

53 of those Goals have came in the 18 previous matches played at the King Power Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic again of 2.94.

Based on both sets of data shown above it does seem to suggest that we should see at least a couple of goals scored on Boxing Day and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES and Total Goals 2 or 3 looking good choices in this game.

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Watford v Crystal Palace Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Watford: L L W L L

Crystal Palace: L W D L L

Crystal Palace have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed win one, draw one and lose three of their previous five matches played in all competitions, compared to Watford who have won one and lost three of their previous five matches played.

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Watford v Crystal Palace Match Betting Odds Market

Watford do have a good record at home this season and have had a much better season so far than their opponents and the hosts will come in for plenty of support to win this game at their current best price of 31/20 with with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bonus Bets when Registering a New Account.

The Draw is a current a best price of 23/10 with Ladbrokes – Receive £50 Free Bets when Registering a New Account and with the recent form statistics showing very little between the two clubs over the past few weeks, the draw could be a very sensible cover option here.

Crystal Palace have struggled immensley this season, but now under the guidance of Sam Allardyce there is at least hope now and for me the visitors look good value to cause an upset here at their current best price of 21/10 with BetVictor – Bet £10 & Receive £60 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

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Watford v Crystal Palace Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

Watford have only lost one of their last six games at home and of those they have won four of them so there is no doubt that the hosts will be many people’s choice to win this game on Boxing Day afternoon.

However, with the arrival of Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace the players and fans will no doubt have much renewed confidence heading into this game and for me with the visitors having a better overall head to head record and recent form record than Watford, they do look the value play here at their current odds available.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Crystal Palace to Win as with the statistics firmly in their favour and the arrival of their new manager, they look too good of a price to ignore here.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip for this game will be for Crystal Palace Striker Christian Benteke to Score the 1st Goal of the Game as although he has not been that impressive in front of goal this season, he is the clubs current top goalscorer and will want to impress his new manager by getting one in this match.

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