Watford vs Crystal Palace Prediction, 12/18/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Watford vs Crystal Palace
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Vicarage Road in Hertfordshire, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Watford (+191) Crystal Palace (+156)
Christian Benteke and Crystal Palace (4-8-5, 11th in the EPL) travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday where they'll meet Watford (4-1-11, 17th in the EPL). The goaltenders protecting the net are Daniel Bachmann for Watford and Vicente Guaita for Crystal Palace. Watford are at +191 while the Eagles are at +156. The total opens at 2.5.
Watford stepped onto the pitch against Brentford in their last match and took a loss by a final of 2-1. In sharing the ball, they finished with a 73.9% rate by converting 184 of the 249 pass attempts in their last game. Watford tried 11 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 7 of the attempts for a rate of 63.6%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Watford finished at a 33.3% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 6 shots. Watford averages 1.31 goals per 90 minutes (21 goals in total) and have accounted for 16 assists in all contests for the season.
Joshua King is a player who should impact this matchup for Watford. He has 25 assists while accumulating 15 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. King has been given a starting assignment in 208 matches so far in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.28 G/90. The forward who is from Norway has 59 goals scored in 18,796 professional minutes played.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Emmanuel Dennis, the forward born in Nigeria. Dennis has totaled 7,724 mins in 92 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 26 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times so far in his career while scoring 32 total goals. He has an average of 0.37 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Watford will be Daniel Bachmann. Bachmann has seen the field for a total of 7,110 minutes and has earned 132 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.8 (60 goals given up) and he has earned a save percentage of 70.2. The goalie from Austria has had 188 shots tried at him in 79 career starting assignments. Bachmann (39-12-28 record in his career) has totaled 30 shutouts, which gives him a 38.0% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the field, Crystal Palace earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 2-2 against Southampton. Crystal Palace earned a 63.6% successful dribble percentage by converting 14 of the 22 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 365 out of their 456 passes they attempted for a rate of 80.0%. Crystal Palace converted 6 shots attempted out of 9 shots attempted earning them a 66.7% clip in their last match. Having tallied 24 goals and 15 assists in all competitions, Crystal Palace averages 1.41 goals and 0.88 assists per 90 minutes.
Christian Benteke will need to provide a lift for Crystal Palace. He has an average of 0.43 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 290 matches in his pro soccer career. The forward born in Belgium has been on the pitch for 26,792 mins and has scored 129 goals. He has accumulated 48 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 36 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Wilfried Zaha, the forward who represents Cote d'Ivoire. Zaha has been handed a total of 63 yellow card warnings in 30,540 mins played (338 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.19. He has earned 65 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 42 times.
Vicente Guaita will look after the net for Crystal Palace. During his pro soccer career, Guaita has allowed 411 goals and has 970 stops in 317 starts. He has surrendered 1.29 goals per 90 while holding a record of 111-88-121. He has earned a save percentage of 70.7 and his clean sheet rate sits at 29.0%. Guaita has accumulated 92 shutouts and has seen 1,378 shots against him in 28,745 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (+156) and under the total goals
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