Watford Preview: vs Crystal Palace


Last time out away at Burnley, Watford ended a horrific drought of away goals with a bang. Thanks to strikes from Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Will Hughes. Perhaps even more encouraging for the fans is not just the amount of the goals, but also the quality of them. All three goals were top quality and, although probably not worth the long wait for an away win, will have had fans leaving Turf Moore with a smile on their faces. This time out Watford will be hoping to make it three Premier League wins in a row as they face Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Watford have a history with Crystal Palace, when they beat Watford in the Championship Play Off final in 2013, to take Watford’s spot in the Premier League. Watford thankfully did gain promotion, 2 years later and will be wanting to show Crystal Palace how far the club has progressed since that day. With a great start to the season behind Watford, and maximum points on the board after 2 games, Javi Gracia and Watford will have every chance to make it 3 wins from 3 on Sunday.

Crystal Palace have already put more points on the board than they managed to in the opening seven premier League games last season, after they beat Fulham and ex-Watford manager Slaviša Jokanović 2-0 at Craven Cottage. However this time out they will be facing a team full of confidence and hoping to fortify Vicarage Road and make it a tough place for any team to visit.

On of Watford’s biggest jobs will be keeping Wilfred Zaha quiet. The only survivor in the Crystal Palace team from the Place off Final in 2013. He’s a player who always seems to be on top of his game against Watford, so Watford’s defence should expect to have their hands full throughout the 90 minutes.

Last time round at Watford lost 2-1 at Selhurst Park, thanks to 2 incredibly late goals. This time out should be very different for Watford who are coming into this game full of confidence, and wanting to continue their fine start to the season with a victory on Sunday.

By Rufus Brooks


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