Crystal Palace vs Watford by Luke
Crystal Palace started playing better in last couple of weeks, as the team comes from a 2:0 victory away from home against West Brom two weeks ago in the last Premiership game played. It was their second consecutive victory as they previously won narrowly 1:0 at home against Middlesbrough as the side improved a lot in the defensive lineup especially.
Ball possession between them and West Bro was pretty much shared and the game itself wasn't very attacking and interesting, but the players of Crystal Palace reacted much better and had more concrete chances created (not a lot though). They took the lead in 55th minute via Zaha, while the hosts tried to react, but the three pointer got sealed for Crystal Palace in 84th via Townsend. The team is now above the relegation zone with a point more than relegating placed Hull City and remains in a must win situation.
Home side will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Benteke as central striker, plus Townsend, Puncheon and Zaha as offensive midfielders. Injured are forwards Jonathan Benteke (1/0) and Connor Wickham (8/2). Unfit for this match after injuries remain goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (9/0) and left back Pape Souare (3/0). Mathieu Flamini and Loic Remy are having some problems but should be ready for the match.
Watford suffered defeat last time out, two weeks ago when the team welcomed Southampton and lost 3:4 in one of the most interesting matches in that round. However, without any doubt the Saints were way better on the field and maybe even deserved an easier victory than what they have earned.
Players of Watford took the lead in fourth minute via Deeney, while Tadic and Redmond reverted the scoreline within the first halftime, with Okaka leveling up the result in 78th minute, but the guests were way more concrete later on and scored twice more to seal the victory via Redmond again and Gabbiadini, while Doucoure managed to reduce the deficit towards the end of the game. Watford is now near the middle of the table, with seven points more than relegating placed Hull City remaining in relaxed situation for now.
Visitors from Watford are set to play in 4-3-3 formation, with Niang and Success as wingers, plus Deeney as central striker. Visitors can't count at injured forwards Roberto Pereyra (13/2), Mauro Zarate (3/0) and midfielder Ben Watson (4/0). Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon (2/0) isn't enough fit, similar to defender Christian Kabasele (10/2) and offensive midfielder Nordin Amrabat (18/0). Right back Daryl Janmaat (16/1) is doubtful for this one.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Crystal Palace's last 6 games (Premier League).
Crystal Palace showed much more improved football in previous two matches, especially reliability in the defensive lineup and I expect them to prevail here easy or hard. Watford is a solid side, but doesn't inspire with confidence at all, especially on the road. Odds are worth a try as I don't see the visiting side scoring with easy this time.