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Watford vs Crystal Palace Predictions

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Under 2.5 Match Goals

3/4odds when tipped
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Draw 1-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Crystal Palace have not scored a goal in either match this season and have a combined goal expectancy of less than one across those games.
  • Watford had the second-lowest goal expectancy of all Premier League teams last weekend when losing 2-0 to Brighton.
  • There have been a total of 23 goals scored in the last 12 competitive meetings between these clubs (average 1.91 per game).

Vieira must loosen Hodgson’s hold on Palace reins 

Two clubs with serious attacking issues meet in the Carabao Cup this week when Watford host Crystal Palace in the second round.

The Hornets couldn’t lay a glove on Brighton at the weekend in going down 2-0, just a week after they somehow managed to score three with an xG of 0.86 at home to Aston Villa.

That scoreline probably reflected more on Villa’s defending than the attacking prowess of Xisco Munoz’s side and we can’t see much creativity in the Hornets’ midfield right now.

Palace are still getting used to Patrick Vieira’s system, but are largely the same side that averaged just over a goal per game last term.

They are probably due one this week, although their goal expectancy stats from the opening two league games may not suggest it, but it is hard to envisage this cup game being anything but a low-scoring affair.

The last two Premier League meetings between them produced only one goal in total as Roy Hodgson’s discipled Eagles kept two clean sheets.

Hodgson may be gone but Palace’s performances this season suggest his influence remains and it may take some time before that changes.

We’re on board with Under 2.5 goals as our main bet and like the look of a 1-1 correct score play because neither team seems to have the potential to score twice at the moment.

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