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C Palace v Watford: Hornets can prevail as both sides find net

| 26.05.2013

Boasting a victory over Crystal Palace in the regular season, Watford are understandable 11/8 favourites in 90 minutes as the sides lock horns in the Championship play-off final.

And of further detriment to 2/1 Palace’s chances is the fact that the league’s leading goalscorer Glenn Murray will sit out the game with a cruciate injury.

Aaron Wilbraham is expected to deputise, and is 5/2 to find the net at any time in the match, but the fact that he is yet to register for the Eagles suggests the smart money is with the Hornets here.

Greater value can be obtained from backing Gianfranco Zola’s men to notch in a match where both defences are breached too, considering that these sides represent the division’s best and second-best attacks this season.

10/3 looks a huge price that Watford prevail from a game in which both teams score, whilst there also looks to be scope to backing a high-scoring Yellow Army triumph.

As aforementioned, each side boasts an impressive scoring record, racking up 158 goals between them across the course of the regular Championship campaign, so the 13/5 that Watford win a match involving at least 2.5 goals appears attention-worthy.

And as both earlier-season meetings between the two featured at least four strikes, the 2/1 that the net bulges at least four times may warrant consideration.

Also, with Watford emerging triumphant via a 3-2 scoreline earlier this term, correct score punters may fancy repetition of such circumstances at a massive 20/1.

The Hornets can be backed to lead via that scoreline at any time at 12/1, and are 29/20 to score either two or three goals in the game, as they did on 21 occasions during the normal Championship season.

Meanwhile, Zola’s charges make most appeal in first scorer markets, particularly in the absence of Murray, and Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney, who have 42 goals between them this term, share 5/1 favouritism to notch the opener.

Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha, who bagged a brace in Palace’s semi-final second leg success away to Brighton, is a 7/1 shot to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee