Friday night’s betting action comes from the Championship where Watford host Crystal Palace. With the sides separated by just a single place and a single point, it looks like being an intriguing contest, but the home side still look a value bet.

Match: Watford v Crystal Palace
Betting tip: Watford Win
Best Odds: 2.1 with 888Sports
Watford v Crystal Palace Betting TipKick Off: 19:45 08/02/2013 (GMT)

The Championship table makes this look like a close encounter, but the form lines paint a different picture. Both clubs sit in the play off places, but the Eagles are clinging on by their finger tips, after winning just three of their last thirteen, while Watford have won six of their last eight. The Vicarage Road form of the Hornets has been steadily improving since a sluggish start to the campaign which saw them lose three of their first five at home, but they have won six of the last nine in front of their own fans and look a good shout at odds against. Even taking into account that poor start at home, they still boast a strike rate of over 50%. Palace though, have been struggling on the road. All their best form has come at Selhurst Park, and their last seven away games have resulted in three draws and four defeats. They average under a goal a game in those fixtures and look vulnerable versus a relatively free scoring Watford team.

Football Betting tip

Back Watford at a best price 2.1 with 888Sport.