Watford vs Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 16/03/2019

Watford vs Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 16/03/2019

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Six places and ten points separate Watford and Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, but both teams look set to finish in midtable, so will be focusing all of their energy on the marquee achievement of reaching a Wembley semi-final as they take to the field early on Saturday afternoon. The difference between the two teams in the league has essentially been the two games between them; Watford have already done the league double over Palace, winning both games 2-1. That and the home advantage will give them every confidence here.

Javi Gracia made the unusual, but refreshing, decision to rest many of his first-team players against Manchester City last weekend. The Spaniard is clearly taking this competition seriously and will have the likes of Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu, Craig Cathcart and Jose Holebas fresh and well-rested for this quarter-final. Deulofeu came off the bench at the Etihad to score within seconds to make it 3-1 and give them a glimmer of hope, having recently scored his first club hat-trick in the 5-1 win at Cardiff, whilst Deeney has three goals and three assists in his last four appearances. The two of them will be hugely important for the Hornets, but Roberto Pereyra, Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos are all doubts.

This is their first FA Cup match at Vicarage Road this season, having professionally progressed away from home by keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three rounds away from home, beating Woking 2-0, Newcastle 2-0 and QPR 1-0. There’s actually been little discrepancy between their home and away form in the league though; they’ve won seven of 14 league games on home soil this season, picking up 23 points, while away they’ve picked up 20 points from 16 matches.

Crystal Palace lost a big game last week, at home to rivals Brighton, meaning they’re still not completely safe from relegation, although with a five point lead over 18th-placed Cardiff it’s extremely unlikely they’ll be caught. Their form otherwise has actually been largely good, especially away from home – they’ve won five of the last seven games on the road in all competitions, losing just once, which was a narrow 4-3 defeat at Anfield. The recent 3-1 win at Burnley followed a 4-1 win at Leicester; scorelines that underline their ability to step up away.

Mamadou Sakho is the only notable absence for this one for Palace, with the peripheral Pape Souare the only other player sidelined. This will likely see James Tomkins partner Martin Kelly at the back, with the strongest options available further forward; Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend flanking Michy Batshuayi in a front three, with the prolific penalty-scorer Luka Milivojevic sitting in midfield. Batshuayi has scored in each of Palace’s last two away wins, while Zaha has five goals in his last six appearances.

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