Vicarage Road - FA Cup
Watford host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in the FA Cup quarter-finals, in a rerun of their semi-final encounter from three years ago. Can the Hornets exact revenge or will Palace give themselves another shot at FA Cup glory?
Watford have beaten Palace 2-1 twice in the Premier League this season, taking them to three unbeaten against the Eagles. Palace won three of four before that run though, drawing the other game at Vicarage Road.
Javi Gracia only has concerns over one player heading into this game. Miguel Britos was replaced in the final 10 minutes at Manchester City on Saturday because of a knock, making him a doubt for the weekend.
Roy Hodgson also has a relatively clean bill of health at the moment. He’s only missing Mamadou Sakho and Pape Souare, with the former looking likely to miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
Watford v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Watford come into this game with the upper hand over Palace this season, although the Eagles will attempt to invoke the spirit of their FA Cup semi-final victory over the Hornets at Wembley a few years back. Hodgson’s side have also impressed away from home in recent weeks.
Both of these teams lost at the weekend, Watford going down 3-1 at Manchester City following a poor decision to allow Raheem Sterling’s opening goal. The Hornets were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool the other week, but have only lost to those two title challengers and third-placed Tottenham since the turn of the year.
All of those defeats were away from home, and Watford are unbeaten at Vicarage Road since losing to Chelsea on Boxing Day. The Hornets start as the favourites in the betting at 7/5, while Palace are available at 2/1.
The Eagles had their wings clipped by Brighton in the M23 derby at the weekend, their second home defeat in a row. They’ve won three on the bounce away from Selhurst Park though. Hodgson’s side trail Watford by 10 points in the Premier League table because of consistency, which could be a factor here.
The visitors are priced at evens to qualify for the semi-finals, while Watford are 4/5 for the same bet. The draw after 90 minutes is 23/10, sending the game into extra-time.
Watford to win and over 2.5 goals at 3/1
The Hornets starts this game as favourites, but with so many exciting forwards on show, we could be in for a cracking cup tie.
Andre Gray to score first at 6/1
The Watford striker is back to full fitness after an injury-ravaged season, and this game gives him the perfect platform to impress.