Crystal Palace vs Watford Prediction, 5/7/2022 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Crystal Palace vs Watford
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Selhurst Park in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Crystal Palace (-122) Watford (+377)
Emmanuel Dennis and Watford (6-4-24, 19th in the EPL) travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday where they'll meet Crystal Palace (9-14-11, 12th in the EPL). The goalies who are expected to start are Vicente Guaita for Crystal Palace and Ben Foster for Watford. The odds on this contest have Crystal Palace priced at -122 and Watford are at +377. The O/U opens at 2.25.
Crystal Palace faced off with Southampton in their last match and went home with a win by a final score of 2-1. Crystal Palace tried 14 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 10 of those tries for a rate of 71.4%. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 90.2% passes received percentage by completing 470 out of their 521 pass targets in their last match.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Crystal Palace finished at a 35.7% clip by hitting 5 shots on target out of 14 shots. Crystal Palace sports an average of 1.32 goals per 90 (45 total goals) and have accumulated 29 assists in all competitions this year.
Conor Gallagher is a guy who can be a difference maker for Crystal Palace. He has totaled 13 assists while accumulating 31 yellow card warnings during his soccer career. Gallagher has been in the starting lineup in 102 matchups during his career while scoring 0.16 goals per 90. The midfielder from England has racked up 16 goals scored in 8,999 mins.
One more guy who should impact this match is Wilfried Zaha, the forward representing Cote d'Ivoire. He has helped a teammate on a goal 42 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 72 total goals. Zaha has earned 31,593 mins during 350 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 65 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.21 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Crystal Palace is Vicente Guaita. Guaita (115-92-126 mark in his professional soccer career) has earned 98 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 29.7% clean sheet percentage. The goalie hailing from Spain has faced 1,411 shots tried at him in 330 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.3 (422 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 71.3. Guaita has been on the field for a total of 29,870 mins and has 1,003 stops so far in his career.
For their last outing, Watford went home defeated by a final of 2-1 against Burnley. Watford finished the match with a 53.3% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 8 out of the 15 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by converting 251 of the 316 passing attempts for a percentage of 79.4%. Watford had 1 SoT out of 13 shots attempted which had them at a 7.7% clip in their last outing. Having tallied 31 goals and 25 assists for all their matches, Watford averages 0.91 goals and 0.74 assists per 90.
Emmanuel Dennis should provide a lift for Watford. The forward born in Nigeria has 9,065 mins while scoring 35 goals. He has accumulated 29 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 13 times. He is averaging 0.35 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 107 matches thus far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Joshua King, the forward hailing from Norway. He has scored 59 goals in his career while helping on a goal 26 times. King has been given a total of 16 yellow cards in 19,797 mins played (220 career starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.27.
Ben Foster is expected to look after the net for Watford. In his career, Foster has surrendered 664 goals while earning 1,555 stops in 473 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.41 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 140-135-195. He sports a save percentage of 70.7 and his clean sheet rate is currently 24.5%. Foster has accumulated 116 shutouts while seeing 2,205 shots attempted against him in 42,393 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Watford (+377) and under the total goals
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