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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford

12 December 2017

Just three days after extending their unbeaten run to five games against Bournemouth, Palace return to Selhurst Park to entertain Watford, looking to continue an impressive run of scoring in each of their last 14 encounters with the Hornets, which includes two famous Wembley wins and all four previous top-flight meetings.

Despite missing out on a point on Saturday thanks to Christian Benteke's last-gasp penalty miss, the Eagles haven't lost at home since September - Roy Hodgson's first game in charge against Southampton.

Hornets impressive on the road


Watford have been one of the surprise packages of the season, with Marco Silva continuing to show his credentials in England after nearly keeping Hull City in the division last term. Some fine summer recruitment has propelled the Hornets from relegation candidates to the top-half of the table, claiming impressive results against Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on their way.

Saturday saw them head to another side enjoying a superb start in Burnley, where they came unstuck thanks to a Scott Arfield goal. Before then, they had been dangerous on their travels having scored at least twice in each of their previous eight Premier League away games - indeed, in their entire Football League history, only once have Watford ever had a longer such run of scoring multiple goals in consecutive away games

That’s has seen them claim more points on the road already this campaign than they managed in the whole of last season as they continue to turn heads in the division.

View From The Opposition

Marco Silva

Marco Silva: “It will be a tough match. They have improved since Hodgson arrived, the quality of the football as well. The quality they have in the squad didn’t reflect in the table. This is clear. They stay last in the table but quality in the squad didn’t reflect how they can play in the attack line.

“They have big quality in the attack line and in Milivojević they have one player who I know very well [from our time at Olympiakos]. In one moment they can solve the solution. But we go there to compete, to take a good result. It’s one more challenge for us.”

Team News

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho faces a spell on the sidelines after damaging his calf in the draw against Bournemouth, while Joel Ward is doubtful for this one having missed the game against the Cherries with a groin complaint.

Connor Wickham is the only other casualty for the Eagles, however Luka Milivojevic, Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon are all one booking away from a one-match suspension.

Watford have a number of players sidelined at the moment, including Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart (knee), Younes Kaboul and Will Hughes (hamstring) and Stefano Okaka (calf).

However, Silva should be able to call upon Miguel Britos and Kiko Femina who both missed Saturday's game against Burnley, but Marvin Zeegelaar is suspended after picking up a red card in that game.

Matchday Officials

Lee Mason

Lee Mason takes charge of his first Palace game on the campaign this evening, in what is his first appearance since August 2015 when Palace lost to Arsenal. The Eagles have won half of the 16 matches he has overseen.

Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Refs: Ian Hussin and Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Matchday Stats

Troy Deeney

Palace have won four of their last six home league games against Watford, and have scored exactly once in each of their four Premier League meetings with the Hornets.

Watford have lost each of their last four Premier League away games in London and have conceded exactly four goals in the last three of these.

The Hornets have already won more points (13) and scored the same number of goals (15) this season in their eight away games than they did in the entire 2016/17 season.

All 10 of Crystal Palace's Premier League goals this season have come at Selhurst Park.

Watford have been given seven red cards in the Premier League since the start of 2016/17; no club have had more .

Troy Deeney has scored the winning goal in both of the Premier League meetings between these sides at Selhurst Park - netting both goals for Watford in a 2-1 win in February 2016, before netting an own goal to hand the Eagles victory last season. 


  Palace wins Draws Watford wins
League 44 22 36
FA Cup 2 2 3
League Cup 1 1 1
Play-offs 1 1 1
Total 48 26 41

Ticket Information

Tickets are on general sale for this game, with supporters hwo have 20+ loyalty points able to purchase up to four per person.

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Season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use Twickets to re-sell their seat at face value to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

12 December 2017

Goals from substitutes Bakary Sako and James McArthur in the final few minutes saw Palace complete a dramatic late turnaround against Watford to claim a massive victory, lifting them out of the relegation zone for the first time all season.

The Eagles’ five-game unbeaten looked to be coming to a halt after Daryl Janmaat’s third minute strike handed the Hornets the lead going into the dying embers, but Tom Cleverley’s red card five minutes from time gave Palace a fillip.

And after Sako found the net from close range with a minute of normal time remaining, McArthur guided a strike into the bottom corner in stoppage-time to clinch a massive three points for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

Things began in the worse way as just three minutes in, the visitors got the upper hand in simple fashion. As Watford pressed in the final third Janmaat saw a tame shot blocked, but Palace failed to clear the danger and from the left flank Richarlison swung the ball towards the back post, where the Dutch defender had been left unmarked and ghosted in to steer a header past Julian Speroni and stun Selhurst.

Palace were shell-shocked by that setback and took a while to recover, and that allowed Janmaat to go close again when he found more space around the edge of the Eagles box and drove a shot goalwards but a deflection off Scott Dann edged it past the post, and it took 21 minutes for the Eagles to come out of their slumber and register an attempt of their own but Andros Townsend curled one just past the post from 25 yards.

Gradually Hodgson’s team began to force themselves back into the game and they went close when Dann nodded a corner just wide, but moments later he found himself in the thick of the action at the other end when Richarlison got down the left again and fed the ball across the goalmouth for Troy Deeney, however the Palace skipper got his toe to the ball and redirected it just enough to ensure the Hornets hitman scuffed the chance wide.

As the half ticked along Luka Milivojevic steered a header into the side-netting from a Yohan Cabaye free-kick, but after a turgid first 45 Hodgson’s team moved up a gear after the restart and early on Timothy Fosu-Mensah burst down the right and cut the ball back to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but a sliding Adrian Mariappa managed to block his shot and continue to thwart his former club.

However, Palace couldn’t afford to concede another and they were indebted to Speroni on 63 minutes when Richarlison managed to find some room inside the box and take aim, but the Argentinian, on the occasion of his 400th appearance, managed to save with his feet and keep his team in the game.

With both sides showing signs of fatigue having played twice in four days, chances continued to be few and far between as the game entered the final 10 minutes, but then Wilfried Zaha came to the fore.

Firstly, he jinked inside from the left, beat Janmaat and let fly but saw his shot flash just over the top of Heurelho Gomes’ crossbar, but with five minutes to go the Eagles were given hope when Cleverley was dismissed for a second yellow card following a foul on Jeffrey Schlupp – and they would make their numerical advantage count.

With a minute of normal time to go, Zaha drove in from his flank and blasted at goal, forcing Gomes into his first save of the game. However, the Brazilian could only parry the ball back into a crowded penalty area and Sako saw his rebound strike the shot-stopper, but got fortunate when it ricocheted back off his leg and into the net.

And an incredible turnaround was complete a couple of minutes into stoppage-time, with Zaha again the architect. Some dazzling feet from the winger allowed him to advance towards the box and pick out McArthur, who coolly fed the ball into the bottom corner to snatch a huge three points and move Palace out of the Premier League’s danger zone.

Palace: Speroni, Fosu-Mensah (Sako 71), Dann, Tomkins, Schlupp, Townsend (Van Aanholt 67), Milivojevic, Cabaye (McArthur 77), Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Benteke. Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Riedewald, Lee.

Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Prodl, Kabasele, Mariappa, Holebas, Cleverley, Doucoure, Carrillo (Pereyra 71), Richarlison (Femenia 83), Deeney (Gray 80). Subs not used: Karnezis, Capoue, Watson, Success.

Watch the post match interviews and highlights on Palace TV or on the App go Palace TV and into the video channel. 

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Ticket News

Palace v Watford: Tickets on General Sale

12 December 2017

Tickets for Crystal Palace's home Premier League match against Watford this evening are now on general sale.

This match, kick-off 8pm, is a Category A match, with four tickets available to purchase per person subject to availability.

-       Tickets available to all fans with a minimum of 20 loyalty points – No Membership required

-       To buy, login using your email & password or client reference & password - Select Watford tickets ‘Choose Seats’ & proceed through to checkout

-       If you don't have your account password, you can login using your Client Reference, Surname & Postcode.

Tickets will be available to book online, by phone on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

2017/18 Memberships are still available.

Ticket prices are shown below: 





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The club are also committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. FAQs for fans with disabilities.

There will also be a range of hospitality options available for this game, with plenty more information on our dedicated corporate hospitality site.

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