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26 August 2018 Venue Vicarage Road Attendance

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Preview: Watford v Crystal Palace

26 August 2018

Palace head to Vicarage Road on Sunday lunchtime aiming to stretch their unbeaten run on the road to six games for the first time in the top-flight since the 1991/92 campaign.

The Eagles’ trips to Hertfordshire have been incredibly fruitful in recent years having not tasted defeat at the venue since February 2009 - a run of seven matches. In fact, the Hornets have only gotten the better of Palace on two occasions in the last 16 meetings between the sides at any venue.

First Team

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The omens bode well for Roy Hodgson’s team, who will be looking to bounce back from the defeat to Liverpool on Monday night and continue their good run of form in the league. The Reds are the only club to have recorded a victory against the Eagles since March.

Watford aiming to maintain 100% start

Javi Gracia’s Hornets have started the campaign perfectly and go into this game with six points from their opening two games. A brace from Roberto Pereyra saw off Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day, before they beat Burnley 3-1 last Sunday thanks to goals from Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Will Hughes.

The feat is remarkable because it is only the second occasion in their history they have won their opening two games of a top-flight season, and helped put to rest the memories of their late-season slump last term under the Spaniard.

Only two of Watford’s summer signings have featured so far this term – Ben Foster and winger Ken Sema. They also completed the signings of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, defenders Marc Navarro, Ben Wilmott and Adam Masina and central midfielders Domingos Quina and Kwasi Sibo. The Hornets made a profit of £13.4 million during the window – only Newcastle United made more.

View from the opposition

Javi Gracia:

Games with Palace are always close and there's not many chances and I think this next game will not be different. We'll see.

"We'll try to keep our level, our style of play and playing at home with the support of our fans we feel better and we'll see."

Team news

Watford: Summer signings Wilmott and Deulofeu are likely to miss out through injury, while long-term casualties Nathaniel Chalobah and Stefano Okaka are back in training but still a few weeks away from contention.

Tom Cleverley and Younes Kaboul still face a lengthy wait to return to action with Achilles and metatarsal injuries respectively.

Palace: Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be missing through suspension after receiving a red card against Liverpool on Monday night, with Joel Ward or Martin Kelly in Hodgson's thoughts for the vacant right back position.

Pape Souare limped off during Friday's training session, and Scott Dann remains on the road to recovery.

Matchday officials

Anthony Taylor gets his third Premier League run-out of the season this weekend, having overseen Liverpool’s win against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur’s victory over Fulham.

The Eagles have a mixed bag of results when Taylor has overseen their games, with six wins, five draws and eight defeats, with the last of those wins coming against Sunderland in September 2016.

Club News

Classic Clashes: Palace v Watford

26 August 2018

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Matchday stats

  • Watford have lost just once in their last nine Premier League matches at Vicarage Road, winning five and drawing three.
  • Palace are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away trips (W3 D2) – only Manchester City are on a longer run without defeat on the road (8).
  • Palace have won their last two Premier League away trips, not since August 2015 have they won three successive away matches in the competition.
  • Wilfried Zaha needs one more goal to become the Eagles’ all-time highest Premier League goalscorer (currently 23, level with Chris Armstrong).
  • Watford have scored just five goals in their last eight competitive meetings with the Eagles and four of these goals have been scored by Troy Deeney. Deeney also managed to net an own goal at Selhurst Park in March 2017.
  • The Hornets have scored five goals in their opening two Premier League games in this campaign, as many as they scored in their final nine games of last season.
  • Since a run of 10 consecutive top-flight away games without a goal, Palace have scored in 11 of their last 12 on the road – only failing to score against opponents Watford in April (0-0).


  Watford wins Draws Palace wins
League 36 23 45
FA Cup 3 2 2
League Cup 1 1 1
Play-offs 1 1 1
Total 41 27 49


Tickets and travel

Tickets for this game are sold out.

For Palace fans travelling to this match, there will be a severely disrupted timetable on train routes bound for Watford. There will be no trains at all running on the day between London Euston and Watford Junction, with details here of other routes but the disruption will mean extended journeys having to be undertaken. 

Palace are increasing coach travel for this game and bookings can be made in the Box Office at Selhurst Park or by calling 08712 00 00 71. 

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Vicarage Road, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49. Click here to buy, and listen on the Palace app or desktop.

The game is live on Sky Sports in the UK. Click here for full global TV listings.

There will also be updates on Twitter @CPFC and on the official Palace app, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Monday morning.

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Match Reports

Report: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

26 August 2018

Palace suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since March as Watford ran out winners at Vicarage Road, despite Wilfried Zaha becoming the club’s all-time top Premier League scorer.

Roy Hodgson’s team were the better in a feisty first half but Ben Foster pulled off a pair of good saves to deny Christian Benteke and James McArthur, but after the break the Hornets were quick out of the traps and took the lead via a Roberto Pereyra curler.

Fortune favoured the hosts on 70 minutes when they doubled their lead with a Jose Holebas cross-shot, but Zaha pulled one back seven minutes later to notch his 24th top-flight goal to surpass Chris Armstrong, and in stoppage-time Joel Ward sent a header just wide of the mark to ensure that Palace tasted defeat at the venue for the first time since 2009.

Things began badly for them in the warm-up when James Tomkins limped off and was replaced by Martin Kelly, but when proceedings did get underway the first 10 minutes resembled a battleground and the aftermath of which left the visitors also feeling hard-done-by.

The hosts were extremely fortunate to have their full contingent on the field after Etienne Capoue aggressively stamped on Zaha’s achilles and escaped with a booking - a decision that looked even worse two minutes later when the Palace winger also had his name taken despite not even making contact with Jose Holesbas - and then Daryl Janmaat was unpunished following a poor challenge on Patrick van Aanholt.

Eventually, a game of football broke out thanks to some fine, crisp passing by Palace which helped them carve out two excellent opportunities after fine work by ex-Hornet Andros Townsend. On the occasion of his 150th Premier League appearance, he firstly whipped a cross onto the head of Benteke which Foster did well to acrobatically swat away, and then more good work by the winger saw him create a one-on-one opportunity for McArthur which Foster again managed to thwart with a good save.

The Scotsman atoned for his miss by blocking a goalbound volley by Pereyra as the Hornets began to build up some pressure of their own, and after a double dummy by Abdoulaye Doucoure and Troy Deeney, Pereyra then fired straight into the arms of Hennessey.

Typically for a British bank holiday, rain fell throughout and as the pitch became slicker it became trickier for Hodgson’s team to execute their neat play, which saw the momentum shift a little. Just before the break Janmaat screwed wide, and then after the restart Wayne Hennessey bravely blocked a Will Hughes close-range blast with his midriff before Doucoure and Pereyra fired over in quick succession.

And on 53 minutes, the Hornets capitalised when they were at their most dominant. After winning the ball off Zaha, Craig Cathcart fed Capoue who embarked on a 40-yard run before finding Pereyra, and after cutting inside onto his right foot, he bent the ball around Hennessey’s dive and found the bottom corner to score his third of the campaign.

It took Palace 15 minutes to recover positively from the setback of falling behind and they went a whisker away from drawing level when Mamadou Sakho clipped a ball onto the chest of Benteke who saw a shot on the turn flash over the corner of crossbar and post, but that proved a big moment as on 70 minutes, Watford grabbed a second to put the game to bed.

Holebas took a throw-in on the right which was cleared to Janmaat who returned it to his fellow full-back, and after bringing the ball back onto his right foot, he attempted to send a cross into the back post but a mixture of a mis-cue and possibly the wind saw it sail over the outstretched Hennessey and into the top corner.

Things looked bleak for the Eagles at that point, but on 78 minutes they were given a lifeline when Zaha forced some boos back down the home fans’ throats. He picked the ball on the left slipped the ball between two defenders to replacement Max Meyer, and the German returned it to Zaha who flashed a shot through Foster to quickly reduce the arrears, breaking Palace’s Premier League record in the process.

The Eagles just needed one more big chance to snatch a dramatic comeback, and in the fourth minute of injury-time it arrived when a corner was sent into a packed penalty area but Ward sent a free header fractions wide of the mark to end Palace’s unbeaten run on to the road at five games.

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney (Success 90), Grey (Sema 72). Subs not used: Gomes, Femina, Masina, Prodl, Mariappa.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp (Meyer 76), Zaha, Benteke (Sørloth 85). Subs not used: Guaita, Riedewald, Kouyaté, Kaikai, Ayew.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Travel Update For Sold Out Watford Game

16 August 2018

Tickets for Palace's visit to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Sunday 26th August have sold out.

As with all sold out away games, Palace will be operating a waiting list which supporters can join for free, giving them the chance to purchase any returned tickets the club may receive.

To join it, please purchase the 'Watford Waiting List' product on our online ticketing site, which has no charge - please not you will be required to log into your Palace Once Account before buying.

Once purchased, please ensure all your contact details are up to date. If tickets become available, supporters will be contacted by email with instructions on how to purchase them.


For those fans who planning on travelling to this match by train that over the Bank Holiday weekend there will be a severly disrupted timetable on routes that would normally be used to travel to Watford Junction.  There will be no trains at all running on the day between London Euston & Watford Junction, also details here of other routes that the disruption will mean extended journeys having to be undertaken. 

The club are increasing coach travel for this game and bookings can be made in the box office at Selhurst or on 08712 00 00 71. 

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