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Watford vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Feb 23. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Watford vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Feb 23. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After earning a hugely important win over Aston Villa on Saturday, Watford boss Roy Hodgson picked up a first league success since his arrival as manager and for those who backed the outcome at odds of 5/1, they would have been smiling come the final whistle.

Now though Watford must look for a first success at home under Hodgson and with an out of sorts Crystal Palace making the short trip to Vicarage Road, the Eagles could well be there for the taking.

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Watford To Win

With Watford now buoyed by a Premier League win at the weekend, they will not want to stop there and after looking at the biggest betting sites available, it may make sense to back them in midweek.

Especially as Crystal Palace are now proving to be out of sorts in recent times and Roy Hodgson would love nothing more than to get a win over the club that he left at the end of last season.

Which means after scouring the odds, I like the look of Watford at odds of 9/4 (Sportnation) and if you think the Hornets will make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League, this is one should you be putting on your betting slip.

Watford Form, squad news, opinion

With a first win now in Roy Hodgson’s pocket as Watford boss, a large step has been taken and although there would have been relief at earning a victory at Villa Park on Saturday, the former England manager knows that the hard work has only just begun.

Work that continues on Wednesday night when Crystal Palace come to town and if the Hornets are to have any chance of staying up at the end of the season, then they must learn to turn the ground into something of a fortress.

Something that has certainly alluded them this season and with them only averaging a goal a game in the Premier League this season, that is a metric that will need to improve within the final third of this campaign.

Not only that, but Watford’s eye-watering number of goals that have already been conceded, must not end up getting all that much higher and although the Watford boss can do little about what has happened before him, he can at least work on what happens in the future.

Which means a defensive platform is going to need to be built within the Watford side and with two clean sheets in Watford’s first four league outings under Hodgson, they are starting to go about things in the right way.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Crystal Palace, manager Roy Hodgson has now new concerns after their impressive showing at Villa Park and therefore the pair of Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah are once again ruled out.

Crystal Palace Form, squad news, opinion

Although Crystal Palace cannot be considered to be in a relegation scrap just yet, they are going through something of a bad run of late and although their F.A.Cup exploits are providing some form of relief, matters in the league are becoming something of a concern.

A concern which has seen Palace fail to win any of their last six outings and with just three points from the last 18 being earned by the South London outfit, manager Patrick Vieria knows that fortunes will soon have to change.

Especially as Palace cannot simply rely on being comfortable in mid-table forever and if results continue to go against them, then the clutches of the relegation battle will be ready to welcome them.

With that being said, there is no doubt that Palace have once again suffered because of poor game management and this was no less evident than last weekend, as they lost to Chelsea in the final minute.

While last minute goals have been something of a bugbear for Vieria this season and if his team only played Premier League matches over 89 minutes, then their position in the current Premier League table would be a lot higher.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Watford, manager Patrick Vieria has no new concerns after Saturday’s loss to Chelsea and he can also call upon Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher once again. Something that will be a big boost to the Eagles.

History

This fixture is not quite a London derby but with Watford’s close proximity to the M25, there is a decent amount of rivalry between these two sides, and it is a rivalry that Crystal Palace have just edged overall.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Watford have won on 45 occasions, Crystal Palace 50 and there have been 28 draws

About the Venue

When it comes to Vicarage Road, it is one of the more compact grounds within the Premier League and although it may not have the biggest audience every fortnight, their fans are more than happy to lend their support when needed.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

When looking at the current Premier League odds for relegation, Watford are priced at odds of 1/3 and even after getting a precious win over Aston Villa last weekend, there is not a great deal of confidence being shown by the bookmakers.

However, that price could find itself being lengthened by the end of Wednesday night. That is if they get the better of Crystal Palace and if that proves to be the case, then the Eagles’ own odds in this market could find themselves being shortened.

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