​BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has made his prediction for this weekend's London derby between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.


Many people tipped ​Watford to struggle this season but the Hornets have started in confident fashion, taking maximum points from their first two fixtures against Brighton and Burnley.


​Crystal Palace also started the season with a victory by defeating ​Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage, but they came unstuck against Liverpool, losing by the same scoreline on Monday night.

Writing in his weekly predictions feature for ​BBC Sport, Lawrenson believes that Watford's eye for goals will be enough to get them the victory, predicting a 1-0 home win on Sunday.


"Watford have started very well with wins over ​Brighton and ​Burnley and have the makings of a very promising partnership up front," wrote Lawrenson.


"Andre Gray and, especially, Troy Deeney look sharp in attack and both managed to get on the scoresheet at Turf Moor.

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"Palace were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat last time out, but I thought they were very competitive against ​Liverpool."


Lawrenson's opponent, actor Idris Elba, has predicted a more entertaining match, forecasting a 3-2 win for Crystal Palace.


This fixture ended goalless last season, with Palace winning the return match 2-1 at Selhurst Park.