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Watford vs Crystal Palace Match Preview

Crystal Palace will meet former Eagles manager, Roy Hodgson’s new team as he tries to keep Watford in the Premier League. Palace had another unlucky result at the weekend after conceding in the last minute of normal time against Chelsea. Watford, however, managed to get their first win since Hodgson took on the job away at a Villa side who under Gerrard have been rejuvenated.

Palace haven’t won in the league since the end of December and with only 8 points between the two teams and a game in hand for Watford, a win for Patrick Vieira’s men is vital. As he said in his pre-match press conference, it’s not that the team aren’t creating chances, but they aren’t hitting the back of the net.

Crystal Palace Team News

When it comes to team news there are only two players still out with injuries, Joel Ward who was out at the weekend and replaced by Nathaniel Clyne. Plus, there’s Nathan Ferguson who has been unlucky with injuries this season. The rest of the squad have been training as normal.

Will Hughes obviously returns to his former club for the first time since joining Palace in the summer. He didn’t feature in the match against Chelsea even though he was on the bench so he could make an appearance now.

Hodgson worked with a lot of the Palace players that are still playing, Zaha, Ayew, Benteke, Milivojevic, McArthur, and so on. He said in his pre-match press conference that there won’t be any sentiment in the match which is understandable as he’s now employed by Watford. We’re sure that he’ll want to contain Zaha, but new signing Olise could be a smart player to start.

Vieira hasn’t been consistent with who he’s starting in the front three positions as he said he likes to pick different options based on his strategy for each match. Zaha and Olise both looked lively against Chelsea so we expect them to keep their places but the other place is up for contention.

Watford Team News

Watford’s injury list is slowly reducing although Nicolas Nkoulou is definitely out with a long-term hamstring injury. Pedro and Kucka are two key players that both missed the win away at Aston Villa so last-minute decisions will be made on their fitness. Joao Pedro has been one of the most exciting Watford players this season as he’s only 20 and has bagged three goals in 15 matches this season.

Two other players that have been first-team doubts, Peter Etebo and Kwafwo Baah, both played in an under-23s academy match on Monday. We doubt that these two will feature against Palace as they won’t want to rush it.

Our Prediction

With Watford getting their first win since the one against Manchester United in November, it’s a hard one to call. Palace haven’t been great away from home this season and Watford’s confidence levels will be boosted from the win at Villa.

Palace were unlucky however in the defeat at home to Chelsea and will be wanting to show that they are a team that shouldn’t be getting sucked into the relegation battle. With Burnley at home on Saturday, these are two crucial games in the Eagles’ season.

We’re going to go for a 2-1 win for Palace, although we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out in a draw as Watford’s defence has looked more robust since Hodgson has come in.

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Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace and Newcastle club badges over the pitch at Selhurst Park stadium

Crystal Palace’s tough run of fixtures continues with another home match this weekend against Eddie Howe’s high-flying Newcastle. After getting a draw against Man United, Vieira will be hoping his team can get more than one point against The Magpies.

Newcastle have had a rest during the week after defeating Fulham 1-0 at home last weekend. Mitrovic missed a penalty in that which kept Newcastle on their hunt for a top-four finish and some fans would argue a title charge too.

Palace deserved a point from the match with Manchester United especially after the performance against Chelsea last weekend too. Vieira will be pleased with his team, especially Olise, who pulled out a spectacular free kick to equalise.

Keep reading for the team news as well as our Crystal Palace vs Newcastle prediction.

Crystal Palace team news

Chris Richards stepped in for injured Joachim Andersen in the match with Manchester United on Wednesday night and put in a really solid performance. That was his first Premier League start and it looks like he’ll get his second as the Dane is still out injured. 

Richards needs game time to grow his confidence, but couldn’t break into the team ahead of Guehi or Andersen. He’d also suffered some injuries since signing for The Eagles. When they’re all fit, Vieira could switch to a back five as Richards is also calm on the ball.

James Tomkins wasn’t 100% fit to start in front of Richards, so we expect him to be on the bench as a replacement in defence. Most probably along with Joel Ward as Clyne was another Palace defender that had a good game against United.

Long-term absentees, James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are both still out with injuries so won’t take part in this match and probably not the next either.

Newcastle United team news

Swedish striker Isak came on after the 70th minute with Fulham and got the winner in the 89th minute, showing why they spent out on him.

One transfer rumour is that Chris Wood could be on his way to Nottingham Forest on loan as he’s not featuring much due to Wilson and Isak’s form.

When it comes to Newcastle’s injuries, Howe will be without Krafth, Shelvey, and Targett. There are also question marks around the fitness of Brazilian midfielder, Guimaraes.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Prediction

Selhurst Park was somewhat of a fortress last season, but it hasn’t been that way this season. Vieira and his players will be wanting to change that and we think there might be a slight chance of a Palace win, but Newcastle are going to be a tough opponent.

Newcastle’s win against Fulham wasn’t as comfortable as they would’ve liked, but three points are three points and the winning momentum for them continues.

Our Crystal Palace vs Newcastle prediction is going to be another home draw like with Manchester United in midweek. We’re going for a 1-1 score draw, although it’s tough to call.

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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace & Manchester United Logos Over Selhurst Park

After missing many matches in September, Crystal Palace now have three Premier League fixtures in the space of seven days. First, they host an in-form Manchester United side on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles last match on Sunday against Chelsea was a close tie with The Blues only winning by one goal. Palace need a result in this match as the last two home games have been thumpings from Fulham (3-0) and Spurs (4-0). However, getting a result against a Manchester United side that just beat Manchester City to make it nine wins in a row in the league isn’t an easy task!

Erik Ten Hag has turned his side around since last season and early on in this season so it’s hard to see past an away win for the Red Devils.

Keep reading to see the team news and our Crystal Palace vs Manchester United prediction.

Crystal Palace team news

To start, Andersen was forced off in the first half against Chelsea at the weekend with an injury. He was replaced by James Tomkins who put in a solid performance, seeing as he hasn’t had many minutes this season.

However, this could be a huge blow for Palace if the injury is more serious than it first appeared. Vieira confirmed after the match that it was the Dane’s calf that was giving him problems and that they had to wait to get the results from the scan before commenting further.

If Andersen is left out due to this injury we think that Vieira might switch to five in defence to counter United’s current strong attacking outfit. If he does that we expect to see Tomkins, Richards, and Guehi with Ward and Mitchell playing as wing-backs.

There was no update before or after the Chelsea on the status of James McArthur or Nathan Ferguson’s progression. So, will have to wait for his pre-match conference to hear if there’s an update since last week.

Manchester United team news

Erik Ten Hag still hasn’t called upon Jadon Sancho since the restart of the Premier League in December and it’s said that he’s under his own training schedule for the time being. The United manager wants his players to be 100% committed or else not bother. With the current form, he won’t be too bothered that Sancho isn’t available still.

Tuanzebe is another player that is lacking match fitness like Sancho so won’t feature in the squad against Palace. Donny Van de Beek is also out with a knee injury just as he started to show good progression since the start of the season.

We expect Rashford to be a key cog in the Manchester United team against Palace and the midfield will be tough with Casemiro dominating in the centre of the park for the Red Devils.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Prediction

With Crystal Palace having lost the first two home matches back after the restart, we don’t have high hopes in this match against a Manchester United side that are flying and looking to catch Arsenal.

Patrick Vieira often likes to play defensively against the top sides and we think that this will be the case against United. With that said, it’s hard to see Palace getting anything from the game even if they did win 1-0 in this same fixture at Selhurst Park last season.

Our Crystal Palace vs Manchester United prediction is going to be 2-0 to the away side with Rashford getting on the scoresheet.

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction

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After a disappointing exit in the FA Cup third round to Southampton, The Eagles travel to Stanford Bridge for a London rivalry with Chelsea.

Potter’s Blues need a result even more than Vieira’s Palace after a 2-1 loss to west London rivals Fulham on Thursday night.

With both teams needing to bounce back from recent defeats, it’s a hard match to predict, but we’ll give it a shot anyway!

Keep reading for team news as well as our Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace team news

Two players that are still missing for Palace are James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson. The young defender was meant to rejoin the squad in training this week, but Vieira didn’t give a further update in his pre-match press conference.

Tyrick Mitchell is set to return at left-back after serving his three-match suspension after being sent off against Fulham on Boxing Day. If the England youngster goes straight back in the team, it will mean Vieira will need to pick between Clyne and Ward for who starts at right-back.

Most of the pre-match press conference focused on new signings and what positions Vieira wants to fill. As ever, the Frenchman didn’t give a lot away, but he did say that he wants to add a couple of new faces to the team.

With the January transfer window still open, rumours are flying around as always. The Sun reported that Palace might not be able to afford Wan-Bissaka after his form has improved under Erik Ten Hag. It’s likely that he’ll stay with the Red Devils until summer at least.

We expect Zaha to stay at Palace until summer too, although, with only 6 months left on his contract, clubs might come in with offers.

Chelsea team news

Let’s start the Chelsea team news section by looking at the new signing João Felix who is going to miss the match with The Eagles. He looked lively in their match on Thursday against Fulham but he got a straight red for a reckless tackle after a poor first touch.

The Chelsea injury list is extremely long. Players that will definitely be out for The Blues are:

  1. Kante
  2. Sterling
  3. James
  4. Fofana
  5. Chilwell
  6. Broja
  7. Loftus-Cheek
  8. Pulisic
  9. Mendy
  10. Zakaria

Havertz will lead the line for Chelsea and Mount in midfield will have to be influential to help his side bounce back. Chelsea have been linked with many players in the transfer window as always.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction

With Potter under enormous pressure to remain in a job, we’re predicting a Chelsea home win. That said, there’s no better time to play Chelsea as they have a long injury list.

Palace have been poor since the league restarted, only defeating Bournemouth and losing 4-0 to Tottenham at home and 3-0 to Fulham.

The last time these two sides met at Selhurst Park, Gallagher scored a 90th-minute goal for Chelsea to win 2-1.

We’re going for a 2-0 win for Chelsea with Mason Mount getting on the scoreboard.

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