Preview - Crystal Palace vs Watford 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
Crystal Palace vs. Watford
Saturday, January 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (6)

Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra (6)

It looks to be a cracking list of fixtures on Match Day 22 in the Premier League with many evenly poised ties in store. One such game comes at Selhurst Park as eighth placed Watford make the short trip to Selhurst Park to take on 14th placed Crystal Palace.

Watford came out on top in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the season when winning 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Crystal Palace will be looking to avenge that defeat here and did win this game by that same 2-1 score-line last season.

Christian Benteke and Papa Souaré are out injured for Crystal Palace, with Andre Gray looking like being the only absentee for Watford.

Crystal Palace's overall form has been hit and miss at best all season. That said they do probably arrive at this game on their best run of the season to date with three wins in their past five, including impressive away successes at Manchester City and Wolverhampton.

Watford are on a decent run themselves though, with just the one defeat in their past six. They have lost only three times on the road so far this season, at Arsenal, Newcastle United and Leicester City. Their three wins have come at Burnley, Wolverhampton and West Ham United.

Palace are most peoples favourites to win this game, but its difficult to trust a side who have won only two of ten at home to date, particularly against a resolute Watford outfit. Draw.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Watford


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  11 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 7
Possession: 56% - 44%

Crystal Palace actually just about edged this game on the stats, coming out just in front on the possession and shot count measures. They reverted to their early season ways though and were seriously struggling to make the most of their chances and paid the price in the end.

It was the home side who took the lead here though via a goal which gets our vote for the scrappiest of the season to date. A corner from the left-hand side causing all kinds of chaos in the six yard box with the ball taking multiple ricochets before Abdoulaye Doucoure smashed his clearance against team mate Craig Cathcart around two yards out, and in it went. 1-0 at the break.

If you've scored an own goal, the best possible way to make amends is to go up the other end of the pitch and score another in the right goal this time. Craig Cathcart achieved just that feat in the 67th minute. Outmuscling his marker at the back post as a corner came over from the right, Cathcart got his head to it to nod back across goal and into the right-hand side.

Watford's winner came just seven minutes later. Palace failing to clear a long throw in from the left-hand side and the ball dropping to Tom Cleverley around 14 yards out. Fine volleyed finish from Cleverley into the top right corner. 1-2 final score.

Big win for Watford on the road. They move up to seventh in the table. Crystal Palace are struggling to really pull away from the relegation zone. They stay down in 14th and four points clear of the bottom three.

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