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Preview: Crystal Palace v Watford

23 April 2016


INTRO
Crystal Palace will line up for their first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years and only the fourth in their history when they take on Watford at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The Eagles edged past Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Reading to make it to the final four, whereas the Hornets won by a single goal margin against Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Arsenal.

With the two sides having beaten each other away from home this season, it is poised to be a tight encounter at the national stadium.

This will be the first meeting between the two in the FA Cup since January 2009 when Watford ran out winners by the odd goal in seven at Vicarage Road.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Quique Sanchez Flores: "It's one of the biggest matches of the season. We are really happy because we have reached the target in the main objective that we had in the season, so now we are focused on this match."


TEAM NEWS


Crystal Palace: Yannick Bolasie, Scott Dann, Joel, Ward and Joe Ledley return to the squad after missing the midweek trip to Manchester United.

James McArthur makes the Wembley squad after missing for two months with an ankle injury but got some game time in that match at Old Trafford. 


Watford: Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are among those expected to return after the defeat at West Ham but Nordin Amrabat is suspended following his red card in that match.  


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsWatford wins
League432136
FA Cup123
League Cup111
Play-Offs111
Total462541


OFFICIALS

Craig Pawson will take charge of the two teams under the arch, and he has been a good omen for the Eagles this season as he has overseen their wins at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the 1-1 draw at Everton.

Referee: C Pawson
Assistants: M Mullarkey and M Betts
Fourth Official: M Oliver


LAST MEETING AT WEMBLEY

27th May 2013
Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Championship play-off final

Veteran Kevin Phillips scored the only goal as Crystal Palace deservedly defeated Watford in a tense Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The 39-year-old, a loser in three previous play-off finals, struck from the penalty spot at the end of the first half of extra time as the Eagles ended an eight-year absence from the Premier League.

It was a superb penalty kick into the top corner and came after a clumsy foul by Marco Cassetti on Wilfried Zaha, who has been at Palace since the age of nine and was playing his final game before his summer move to Manchester United.

Watford almost equalised at the very end but Joel Ward headed off the line from Fernando Forestieri as the Eagles held on to win a match that had been described as being worth £120m to the victors.

TICKETS

The Palace allocation is now sold out. 

TRAVEL

For information on directions or nearby stations, or just some more information about Wembley Stadium, click here.

Please note that due to the London Marathon on Sunday some routes to Wembley may be disrupted. Click here to find out more information from TFL.

LIVE COVERAGE

Live commentary of the whole game at Wembley will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

CLICK HERE to watch player interviews, press conferences and match action.

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