Watford vs Crystal Palace betting tips: FA Cup match preview & predictions

Watford vs Crystal Palace prediction: Watford 1-0 Crystal Palace

Watford will be looking to record their third victory over Crystal Palace this season.

It’s hard to separate the two sides based on current form. Palace are unbeaten in their last four away matches, winning three of those, while Watford haven’t lost any of their last four at Vicarage Road.

Crystal Palace are hoping to become the first side this season to score against Watford in the competition.

Watford vs Crystal Palace: Who will win?

Watford are 11/8 favourites to win the match and 7/10 to qualify. Crystal Palace are 2/1 to win and 21/20 to reach the semi-finals.

The draw is priced at 11/5. A reminder that there are no replays at this stage of the competition and that there will be extra-time in the event of a draw.

Watford have not conceded a goal in any of their last five FA Cup matches at home – a run stretching back to 2014. Bet against both teams scoring at 19/20.

Troy Deeney has scored three goals in his last four matches. Deeney is 6/1 to open the scoring and 21/10 to score anytime.

Watford vs Crystal Palace FA Cup Quarter-final match preview

Watford host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Like Watford, Palace are yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition. Roy Hodgson’s side beat Grimbsy Town 1-0 at home in the first round before successive 2-0 wins over Tottenham and Doncaster Rovers.

Watford have had a fairly kind run to the last eight, although they Saturday’s game will be their first at home in this season’s competition. The Hornets have beaten Woking, Newcastle and QPR in previous rounds.

Palace dropped down to 14th in the table following their 2-1 home defeat to Brighton last weekend. Luka Milvojevic scored his ninth goal of the season.

Watford were beaten 3-1 at league leaders Manchester City last weekend. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick before Gerard Deulofeu netted a second-half consolation goal. Javi Gracia’s side are eighth in the Premier League.

Palace will be aiming to reach the last four of the competition for only the fourth time in their history. Watford have reached the semi-finals six times.

The last time Palace faced Watford in the FA Cup, the Eagles won 2-1 en route to the 2016 final.

The two sides have met twice already this season in the Premier League. Watford won both fixtures 2-1.

It is worth mentioning that VAR will be used during the match.

Watford celebrate

Watford celebrate during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on August 26, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom.

Watford team news vs Crystal Palace

Gracia made seven changes last weekend, suggesting he is prioritising Watford’s cup run.

Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas, Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney were among those left out of the starting eleven but could start on Saturday.

Miguel Britos is a doubt. The defender has a knock and will need to be assessed prior to kick-off.

Earlier in the week, Watford’s goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes all but confirmed that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season.

Adrian Mariappa is in contention to face his old club.

Crystal Palace team news vs Watford

Like Watford, Palace have very few injuries at the moment.

Pape Soure remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Mamadou Sakho has a knee injury and is a long-term absentee.

Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka will feel like he has a point to prove after being omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

Andros Townsend is likely to face his former club. Townsend had a brief loan spell at Vicarage Road in 2011.

Watford predicted line-up vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Watford XI vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Watford XI vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace predicted line-up vs Watford

Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Watford

Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Watford

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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