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The Palace Preview: Watford

11 January 2019

Crystal Palace will host a travelling, in-form Watford side this Saturday at Selhurst Park, with the two teams playing well of late and both looking to develop on successful runs starting off their respective New Years.

Watford have enjoyed an eye-catching half-season so far, currently sitting eighth in the Premier League having finished their previous campaign in 14th.

The Hornets have only lost one of their past seven games, with the Eagles having won five of their last nine. The battle between the two clubs - who have faced-off in some significant fixtures previously - will be a testing challenge showcasing two sides who will not want to let their current momentum relent.

Perhaps most famously for these two sides, Palace and Watford have competed on the hallowed turf of Wembley twice in the past five years, with the red and blues having won on both occasions.

However, away from Wembley, Palace fans will fondly recall a 4-0 win over Saturday’s opponents back in 2012, as the Eagles recorded their biggest win of the season during a year they reached the League Cup semi-finals but equally finished in a disappointing 17th place in the league.

The win over Sean Dyche’s then-club came in February, with a brace from Chris Martin and goals from Wilfried Zaha and Kagisho Dikgacoi sealing the three points for the Eagles. The result came at the medial point of a purple patch for Palace, as the south Londoners went 10 games unbeaten before letting their season go with six losses from their final nine fixtures. Watford had won three of their past four matches, drawing the other and so had gone four games unbeaten before the loss to Palace.

Playing that day was Adrian Mariappa, who, after his first stint with Watford, would go on to join the Eagles in 2013 and stay in south London for three seasons. Having parted ways with Palace in 2016, though, he went back to Hertfordshire to re-join Watford, where he currently plays. He has now featured 285 times in total for the Hornets.

Over the years, the Eagles and Watford have recorded even more high scoring results than that in 2012, including 7-1, 5-0 and 8-1 wins for Palace. More recently, the red and blues have won five of the two sides’ last nine games, drawing twice and losing the others.

Even more encouragingly, of the last seven matches between the two clubs with Palace playing at home, the Eagles have won five times including their previous two games at Selhurst Park.

One player who will be keen and able to limit any further Palace celebrations in SE25 however will be Troy Deeney, who has been involved in a goal from each of his last four Premier League games as well as netting against Woking in the FA Cup on Sunday. He has scored five league goals this season and racked up two assists, taking two of his goals in Watford’s most recent league match, a 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth.

Tactical overview

The Hornets tend to line up with a rather unorthodox 4-2-2-2 formation, making them solid in the middle of the pitch but flexible in that they can easily switch to 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 pragmatically depending on how their opposition are attacking or defending.

They are a well-drilled but technically capable side who often field the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue at the back of their midfield to provide assured defensive protection and allow a skilled attacking quartet more freedom when roaming forward.

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Eagles forward Jordan Ayew has scored more Premier League goals against Watford than he has against any other side, netting in three of his four starts against the Hornets.

Paul Tierney, who has only ever officiated one Palace win, will referee this fixture. He will be joined by assistants Ian Hussin and Simon Beck while the fourth official will be Simon Hooper.

Team News

Crystal Palace will be without Pape Souare, who dislocated his shoulder against Grimsby Town but Christian Benteke may be selected for the squad for the first time in four months.

For Watford, a full squad will be available to choose from, however Andre Gray and Christian Kabasele may not be ready to play as both have only just returned to first-team training.

Live Coverage

This match will not be shown live on television in the UK, however Palace Audio will make full commentary of the game available to fans for just £1.49. Find out more here.

If you live abroad, you can find out where to watch the match with our Worldwide TV Listings now.

Alternatively, if following from outside the United Kingdom, why not check if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you? You can find the nearest one here.

If you're wanting to watch the match live in person, general admission tickets are still available for the fixture. Find out more and purchase your place among the famous Selhurst park atmosphere here!

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

12 January 2019

Two second half strikes saw Watford turn things around in south London to end Palace’s promising start to 2019.

The Eagles led at half-time following Craig Cathcart’s calamitous own goal, but the Northern Irishman atoned for that by heading home a corner at the right end to spark the comeback which was completed thanks to a fine volley by Tom Cleverley who exorcised his own SE25 demons following his red card in this fixture last season.

Unlike that game, there was to be no late drama in Roy Hodgson’s team’s favour who fell to only their second defeat in their last seven matches as Watford clinched their first double over the Eagles since 2002.

Having struck the woodwork more times than any other Premier League team this campaign, Palace received some much-deserved goalframe fortune just three minutes into the clash when Gerard Deulofeu slalomed his way into the area and tucked the ball past Vicente Guaita but saw it strike the upright, only to fall perfectly for Roberto Pereyra to net the rebound but he too somehow hit the post with the goal gaping.

Having rode their luck, Palace began to impose themselves on the game and Wilfried Zaha shot straight at Ben Foster before Jordan Ayew saw a difficult header loop well over the bar, which was soon followed into the Whitehorse Lane Stand by a Cheikhou Kouyaté blast from 30 yards.

Both teams saw aerial opportunities go close when Troy Deeney rose highest to meet a Jose Holebas cross but saw it drop just wide, and then James Tomkins had a header from a corner tipped over by Foster, which would eventually lead to the opening goal on 36 minutes.

Luka Milivojevic’s subsequent delivery dropped into a packed penalty area and Mamadou Sakho and Tomkins hacked at the bouncing ball to force it towards the net, but in desperation Abdoulaye Doucoure tried to hammer it to safety but the clearance ricocheted off Cathcart and despite Foster’s best effort, he couldn’t claw it away in time.

All the luck wouldn’t go Palace’s way in the opening 45 though as Guaita was forced off with what looked to be a calf injury just before half-time, but once play restarted they continued to look the more threatening and the half was only three minutes old when Zaha had two good chances to extend the lead when he pounced on a mistake to go one-on-one with Foster but the keeper’s outstretched leg made the save, and then seconds later the Ivorian scuffed wide from a tight angle.

With the game on a knife-edge Palace needed the all-important cushion of a second goal and it nearly arrived on 62 minutes when Milivojevic forced Foster to scoop the ball away from his top corner after a fierce half-volley, but six minutes later the Hornets produced a sting in the tale when they managed to restore parity when a Holebas corner was swung deep into the area for Cathcart to head past Wayne Hennessey and once again find the Whitehorse net.

Zaha nearly produced a moment of magic when he terrified the Watford defence and sent an inviting cross begging to be tapped home by James McArthur but he missed it by a stud’s length, but the home side’s confidence was a little more fragile and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was forced to clear off his own line after Deeney saw a poached effort deflect goalwards off Kouyaté following another spot of penalty box pinball.

But on 74 minutes Watford ultimately turned the game on its head with a sensational strike. The resulting corner wasn’t cleared effectively and dropped into the path of Cleverley - who had only been on for six minutes - and he acrobatically connected with the dropping ball high in the sky and thundered an inch-perfect volley into the top corner to stun Selhurst.

Hodgson sent on the fit-again Christian Benteke to try and conjure up an equaliser, but the last opportunity would fall to Zaha who seemed score a tap-in following some more penalty box pinball, but Foster produced an excellent full-length reaction save to ensure his side claimed the victory.

Palace: Guaita (Hennessey 45), Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur (Benteke 78), Zaha, Townsend, Ayew (Schlupp 83). Subs: Ward, Kelly, Meyer, Wickham.

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes (Sema 19, Cleverley 68)), Pereyra (Masina 90), Deulofeu, Deeney. Subs: Gomes, Britos, Quina, Success.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Palace v Watford Tickets Still Available

11 January 2019

This Saturday at 3pm, Crystal Palace take on Watford at Selhurst Park and you can buy tickets now without the need for a Paid Membership.

The Eagles have won two consecutive games in 2019 and will be looking to build on their form with a strong result against the Hornets.

To buy your tickets for this fixture online, click here

Alternatively, you can buy them in person at the Palace Box Office between Monday to Friday 9.00-17.30 or over the phone by calling 08712 000 071.

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