Competition: Premier League – Watford vs. Crystal Palace
Venue: Vicarage Road – Sunday, September 27 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Watford 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Crystal Palace 19/10
Watford have surprised many with the start they have made. They look well organised and play free-flowing football. Back-to-back wins against Swansea and Newcastle set them up well for this one and Quique Flores will be confident his side can remain in the top half of the table come the end of the weekend.
The Hornets have not conceded a league goal at home this season and have only lost to Manchester City – something few will feel reflects badly on the promoted side.Embed from Getty Images
Crystal Palace will have to be at their very best to seal three points on the road this week and will look to end a two-game losing streak in the process.
1-0 losses to Manchester City and Tottenham have slowed Palace’s strong start but they will still expect to win games like this and will see it as a great opportunity to get back on track.
They beat London rivals Charlton 4-1 on Wednesday night in the League Cup and will look to find the net as frequently in this one.Embed from Getty Images
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the Championship playoff final in 2013. Palace won that game 1-0 to secure their promotion and so this should be quite a contest.
Watford are likely to keep the same side that beat Newcastle last weekend. Valon Behrami is suspended once more, while Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand remain sidelined through injury.
Crystal Palace have several injury concerns going into this one. Kwesi Appiah and Joel Ward are out, while Marouane Chamakh, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Connor Wickham and Mile Jedinak are doubts.
Watford’s last five: D/D/L/W/W
Crystal Palace’s last five: L/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: Watford have not conceded a goal at home in the Premier League this season.
Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Watford striker may not have scored this season yet, but he has three assists and caused the Newcastle defence plenty of problems last weekend. Expect him to be a threat throughout.Embed from Getty Images
Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace – Difficult to see either side winning this one and it should be a tight contest. Both sides will expect to find the net but we have this down as a draw.