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18 Apr 2018 by TSZ

Premier League In Focus – Watford vs Crystal Palace Preview

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When? Saturday 21st April, 15:00 (UK)

Where? Vicarage Road

What channel is it on? Watford vs Crystal Palace will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available?

Watford - https://www.ticketbis.net/watford-v-crystal-palace-tickets/ev332914

Crystal Palace - SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Watford W3, Crystal Palace W1, D1
Premier League meetings: Watford W3, Crystal Palace W1, D1
All-time meetings: Watford W49, Crystal Palace W41, D26

WATFORD

Predicted line-up: Karnezis; Janmaat, Cathcart, Prodl, Mariappa; Doucoure, Capoue; Richarlison, Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney

Unavailable: Hoban (Injured), Chalobah (Injured), Kaboul (Injured), Cleverley (Injured), Deulofeu (Injured)

Doubtful: Holebas (Injured), Carrillo (Injured)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Predicted line-up: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Loftus-Cheek

Unavailable: Wickham (Injured), Dann (Injured), Puncheon (Injured), Sako (Injured), Schlupp (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
Watford have a relatively healthy buffer between them and the relegation zone at present, although with that said their manager Javi Gracia will be drumming into his players that they are not over the line just yet.

Three more points would get them to the 40-point mark that many believe is enough to secure a club’s Premier League status for the following season and that is something that the Hornets will look to achieve when the play host to Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Eagles will undoubtedly be boosted by their narrow win over arch-rivals Brighton last weekend, a result which gives the club their own daylight between them and the bottom three.

Both teams should avoid the drop, if only because the teams that are currently lying in positions 18th to 20th don’t look like they will have the tools that are required to make up the ground that is in front of them.

Watford have not won in any of their last five matches and have picked up just a point in the process, a run of form that could well play into Palace’s hands. Roy Hodgson’s men aren’t the best travellers but after finding their feet last weekend they could well make it two league wins in a row.

MEMORABLE MEETING
April 2016 paired these two clubs together in the FA Cup semi-finals and it was the South Londoners who came out on top after a hard fought 2-1 win. Alan Pardew’s men took an early lead through winger Yannick Bolasie after just six minutes.

Watford’s talisman Troy Deeney restored parity early in the second half, but that status was to be short lived as Connor Wickham scored the game’s winning goal to send the Eagles to the final and a clash with eventual winners Manchester United.


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