Watford v Crystal Palace Football Betting Tips 27-09-2015
Newly promoted Watford have proved that they will not be the whipping boys of the Premiership with several good performances and a single loss to Manchester City which has given them a very respectable tenth position in the table with nine points from 18 so far this season.
An excellent draw with Everton followed by successive 0-0 stalemates against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton proved that they have the defensive mettle to make a good fist of avoiding the drop.
After being beaten by Manchester City, Watford have since recorded back to back wins over Swansea and a sickly Newcastle and the visit of Crystal Palace will give them cause for optimism that they can rack up more points in this game.
Crystal Palace have made excellent progress under manager Alan Pardew and he has gone on record as saying that a top ten finish is his aim this season. Performances have backed up his rhetoric and this game will be a litmus test of how close they are to achieving that goal.
Palace have beaten Chelsea and lost to a last gasp winner from City followed by another loss to Tottenham but after today's performance you wouldn't hold the Spurs loss against them.
Watford will have Behrami missing as he serves the second match of his three match ban and Joel Ekstrand is a long term casualty.
In form Dwight Gayle has given Palace manager a welcome selection problem after hitting scoring three in the midweek game.
I'm backing Palace to win this game. They have won seven of the last eight meetings and whilst back to back losses suggest poor form you have to take the quality of opposition into account.
A draw would be the other possible bet with Watford proving themselves adept in defence.