By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 22nd August 2018
Sunday 26th August
Stadium: Vicarage Road, Watford
Live on Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Watford vs Crystal Palace odds
The Hornets are 7/5 marginal favourites to collect three points on home turf in the Watford vs Crystal Palace odds, with their guests 8/5 for the win and the draw priced up at 11/5.
In terms of the sides’ season-long aspirations, Palace remain the shorter-priced of the pair in the top 10 finish betting at a 13/8 tip to the Hertfordshire outfit’s 5/1.
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Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, Stefano Okaka, Ben Wilmot and Younes Kaboul miss out through injury for Javi Gracia’s side, while Gerard Deulofeu is far from certain to recover from a groin strain.
Palace’s only injury absentee is Scott Dann, although they’ll also be missing Aaron Wan-Bissaka through suspension following his sending off against Liverpool.
Our betting prediction is Wilfried Zaha to score and Palace to win which was 9/2 but is now tipping at 5/1 in the enhanced odds
Eagles new boy Max Meyer is likely to feature after making his debut for the club as an 83rd-minute substitute against Liverpool.
The highly-rated Schalke midfielder arrived at the South London club injured but the odds are he will make his first start of the season.
Take a look at the other fixture on Game Week 3 and place a bet in the Manchester United vs Tottenham odds.
Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips and predictions
It’ll be a rare home win over their guests if the Golden Boys are to maintain their 100% record for the campaign, with Vicarage Road a rewarding place to visit for Roy Hodgson’s side down the years.
Palace have claimed at least a point on their previous seven visits, winning three times and drawing the remainder, including the last two skirmishes.
The Eagles’ recent away form too suggests they’ve every chance of avoiding defeat, having done so in each of their last five top-flight road games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Liverpool struggled to penetrate the south London side’s backline last time out and the Hornets, despite superb showings from Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Will Hughes against Burnley, are no match for the Anfield side’s front three.
However, they’ve now lost just once in eight home games under former Malaga manager Gracia, winning five of those, highlighting the draw as the way to bet in the Watford vs Crystal Palace odds.
Three of the last four Premier League showdowns between these sides have seen the under 2.5 total match goals odds landed, which doubtless has something to do with a repeat being tipped at just 8/13 in the betting.
Our prediction of a draw featuring less than three strikes is an 11/4 shot in the match x goals odds, while a correct score price of 15/2 for 0-0 looks a value pick about two sides that treated the Rookery birds to precisely that scoreline as recently as April.
If this match were as simple as a tale of two talismans, Watford would chisel a narrow victory courtesy, ironically, of the man who calls himself the equaliser, Deeney.
Despite the barrel-bodied line-leader’s oddly unambitious self-imposed nickname, he’s struck four of the five goals his side have managed across their last eight meetings with Palace.
The Watford vs Crystal Palace odds have him priced up as a 21/10 anytime scorer pick, or 6/1 to register the opener in the betting. Unlike Deeney, this clash hasn’t brought out the tiger in Wilfried Zaha for a while.
Since winning the penalty that got the Eagles promoted to the Premier League at the Hornets’ expense, he’s failed to notch or assist a goal in six top-flight clashes with them.
Returning to Vicarage Road, the hosts’ Roberto Pereyra is another who must enter first goalscorer odds calculations, having netted five times in his last five home games, including the opening strike in three of the last four.
The Argentine is a handsome 9/1 pick to bag the maiden goal of proceedings on Sunday lunchtime.