Watford are in a slump, and they would be eager to put an end to it when they host Crystal Palace on Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The Hornets have picked up just one point from their last five games, and last weekend, they lost 1-0 at Huddersfield Town.
Watford sit in the 12th spot with 37 points. They are in a rather comfortable position, safe from relegation and with nothing left to play for this season. However, Watford’s ongoing troubles are not good for new manager Javi Garcia, and he would be desperate for his side to register a win this weekend.
The Eagles come into this game on the back of a crucial 3-2 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The win helped them move away from the relegation zone, but the threat is not over yet.
Palace sit in the 16th spot with 34 points. They have a six-point advantage on bottom-three sides, and a win against Watford would almost guarantee their survival. In fact, a positive result on Thursday will put them above their opponents in the league table.
Earlier in the season, Palace claimed a 2-1 win over Watford at Selhurst Park. Daryl Janmaat had given an early lead to the Hornets, but they ended up conceding two very late goals from Bakary Sakho and James McArthur – both strikes came after Tom Cleverley’s red card in the 87th minute.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Match Facts
Watford have managed to find the net in each of their last 12 home games in the league.
Palace have scored in each of their last nine games in the league.
Watford are without a win in their last five games. 1D 4L
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Team News
Watford are without the services of Tommie Hoban, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul and Gerard Deulofeu. Jose Holebas is also a doubt for this fixture.
For the visitors, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sakho and Connor Wickham are sidelined. Jeffrey Schlupp’s inclusion is also in doubt.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Match Odds
Palace are slight favourites to win at their best odds of 13/8 at Betfred. Watford are not far behind them at 15/8 odds at Bet365.
However, for our prediction, we are backing a draw in this game, and you can back our prediction at 23/10 odds at BetVictor.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the obvious favourite of the bookmakers at the best odds of 6/1 at William Hill. We are predicting a 2-2 draw in this game at 14/1 odds at Bet365.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Palace striker Christian Benteke is the favourite to score in the game at his best odds of 13/5 at Paddypower. However, we are siding with Watford captain Troy Deeney in this market. Deeney is available at 5/2 odds at Coral.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
Both sides have struggled with their defences this season, and we predict goals in this game. We are backing over 2.5 goals at the best odds of 21/20 at BetVictor.