Crystal Palace v Watford Betting Preview

Championship Play Off Final action Monday Afternoon comes from Wembley Stadium, featuring Crystal Palace versus Watford.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 15:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Crystal Palace v Watford Match Betting Preview, English Championship Play Off Final, Monday May 27th 2013.

An exciting game in store for both sets of fans and one that based on the previous two matches played between the two sides this season could again see a few goals being scored.

Crystal Palace were extremely impressive during their Semi Final Play Off against Brighton who up until their defeat at The Amex Arena were unbeaten in their last ten matches and another performance like that would certainly give manager Ian Holloway’s side a very strong chance of winning this match, especially with Wilfred Zaha leading the attack up front.

Watford had it all to do in their Semi Final Play Off second leg match against Leicester City having lost the first leg 1-0, but manager Gianfranco Zola’s side showed tremendous character in front of their fans at Vicarage Road to win 3-1 on the night and are just now one step away from returning to the Premiership.

Crystal Palace v Watford Team News

Crystal Palace Team News : Crystal Palace top goal scorer Glenn Murray is still unavailable for manager Ian Holloway as he continues to receive treatement for a cruciate injury, Skipper Paddy McCarthy is also out with a groin problem along with defender Jonathan Parr who is suffering from an ankle ligament damage. The good news though for Palace fans is that Wilfred Zaha will be available for his last game before he heads off to join Manchester United for the new season.

Watford Team News : No fresh injuries for Watford boss Gianfranco Zola who has spent the last four days over in Marbella with his squad for some warm weather training and he is expected to name the same starting eleven that defeated Leicester City 3-1 at Vicarage Road Stadium in the second leg of the Semi Final Play Off match with Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney leading the attack up front for the Hornets.

Crystal Palace v Watford Head to Head Statistics

Monday afternoon’s game from Wembley Stadium will become the 33rd meeting between the two clubs over the years and all the results of those matches can be seen in our head to head statistics table shown below.

  • Crystal Palace Victories : 13
  • Crystal Palace Goals Scored : 52
  • Draws : 8
  • Watford Victories : 11
  • Watford Goals Scored : 41

Who Has The Advantage ?

Crystal Palace have a slight advantage on the head to head stats shown above having won 2 games more than Watford from the previous 32 matches played over the years.

Average Goals Per Game ?

93 goals have been scored in the previous 32 games played between the two sides which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.90 which indicates that this game should see at least one or two goals scored on monday afternoon at the famous Wembley Stadium.

Crystal Palace v Watford Recent Form

Crystal Palace : D D W D W
Watford : W W L L W

Watford head into this match with small advantage on recent form having managed to win 3 of their last 5 matches played, compared to Crystal Palace who have only managed to win 2 of their last 5, although Crystal Palace have remained unbeaten in their last 5 matches played where as Watford have lost 2.

Crystal Palace v Watford Match Betting Odds Market

Crystal Palace were extremely impressive against Brighton in the Semi Final Play Off and another performance like that would certainly give them a great chance of winning this game, so I do find it surprising to see the online bookmakers having them priced up at a best price of 3.40 with Betfred.

The Draw will probably attract some attention from punters in this one as Crystal Palace do draw a lot of their games and with the previous meeting between the two sides having finished all square at 2-2 the current odds of 3.40 with Totesport does look decent value.

Watford are the clear favourites with the online bookmakers to win this game and can currently be backed at a best price of 2.40 with BetVictor which does also look value considering their squad does look a lot stronger than Crystal Palace’s.

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(TIBP) Top Industry Betting Price currently available at the time of writing this preview.

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Crystal Palace v Watford Betting Predictions

This game really could go either way on the day in my opinion as there really is little to seperate the two sides based on their performance this season and during the promotion play off’s.

Crystal Palace have impressed me with their ability to keep clean sheet’s in three of their last four matches played and with a very pacey front line which includes the Manchester United bound Wilfred Zaha they certainly have the quality to score during this final.

However, Watford also have a strong front line with both Vydra and Deeney having secured 42 goals between them for the Hornets this season and having already shown this season they can breach the Crystal Palace defence, Gianfranco Zola’s side also look good to get at least one during this game on monday afternoon.

The goal stats suggest the game to see at least one or two goals to be scored and with it being such a big match it will obviously be very tight indeed with neither side willing to take risks, but with the two previous games between the sides this season having seen 9 goals scored I expect this game to see at least a couple and the possibility of extra time and penalties on the cards.

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