Advertised as the most profitable game in football, the match deciding the team promoting to the Premiership is the last significant one in British football. Crystal Palace takes on Watford, at Wembley Stadium just a few days after the venue hosted the Champions League final.
Match: Crystal Palace vs Watford
Bet: Crystal Palace to Promote
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.20
Following a 2-0 victory over Brighton, Ian Holloway will send in the same starting formation with three strikers. Zaha, Wilbraham and Williams will feature upfront which means that Yannick Bolasie will be once again kept on the bench. Home pitch advantage was vital for their opponents throughout the qualifying rounds and this is why Crystal Palace fancies the idea of a single rounds being played on a neutral venue. They didn’t concede a single goal in the semifinals and despite scoring just twice, this proved to be enough for securing a place in the decisive act.
Their opponents will stick to their somewhat surprising 3-5-2 starting formation with only two strikers, with the midfield featuring Almen Abdi, Nathaniel Chalobah and potentially Jonathan Hogg. Watford will need to replace three defenders, as Neuton, Hoban and Nosworthy didn’t recover in time to play in this decisive game for their team. Crystal Palace will be without its most prolific striker Glenn Murray, and this is why the bookmakers are regarding them as underdogs at Wembley.
It’s been eight years since Crystal Palace last played in the Premier League but they have an excellent chance of returning to the English first flight. Pinnacle Sports rewards those willing to take the chance and back them to promote with odds of 2.20 a much safer wager than the regulation time victory.