Crystal Palace v Watford FA Cup Semi Final Betting Tips

Crystal Palace v Watford FA Cup Semi Final Betting Tips

by 22nd April 2016

FA Cup semi final betting tips for Crystal Palace v Watford at Wembley. Betting preview and FA Cup tips plus the best odds available from our football expert.

Match Odds
Crystal Palace 29/20 – Draw 9/4Watford 19/10
Betting odds for Crystal Palace v Watford FA Cup Semi Final shown are this week from Corals and are subject to change

Kick Off – 16.00pm Sunday 24th April 2016

Crystal Palace v Watford FA Cup semi-final preview

Crystal Palace and Watford go head-to-head on Sunday at Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup, with both teams dreaming of winning the competition for the first time.

Crystal Palace head into this clash on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League, with an own goal from Damien Delaney and a second half strike enough to sink the Eagles.

Despite that defeat the Eagles look relatively comfortable in the Premier League table and will now be concentrating on attempting to make it to the FA Cup final. The Eagles have never won the cup, but suffered a final lost back in 1990 against United. The Red Devils defeated the Eagles in a replay after the first game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Alan Pardew’s side made it through to the last four this season with a 2-0 win at Championship Reading. Their 1-0 win at title-chasing Tottenham in the fifth round was even more impressive.

Watford head into this clash on the back of a 3-1 defeat at West Ham in the Premier League with Andy Carroll giving the Hammers the lead, before midfielder Mark Noble scored a brace of penalties for Slaven Bilic’s side.

Austrian centre-back Sebastien Prodl got a goal back for the Hornets before winger Nordin Amrabat was sent-off late-on.

The Hornets made it through to the quarter-finals with an impressive 2-1 win at FA Cup holders Arsenal. Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura scored for the Hornets, before Danny Welbeck scored a consolation goal for the Gunners.

Facts And Figures

These two teams have met six times in the FA Cup, with Watford winning three times, two games resulting in draws and Palace winning just once.

Despite having the better of the FA Cup meetings, Watford have won just two of the last ten meetings in all competitions.

Eagles boss Alan Pardew has a decent record against the Hornets. The former-Newcastle boss has faced Watford on 14 occasions and recorded six wins and fives draws, suffering just two defeats.

Palace have conceded two or more in four out of their last six games in all competitions.

Watford have won just three of their last ten games in all competitions, with two of those wins coming in this competition.

Team Selection And News

The Eagles are once again expected to be without striker Marouane Chamakh through injury, while the likes of Brede Hangeland and Dwight Gayle are big doubts. Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Yannick Bolasie and Joe Ledley are all carrying knocks, but are expected to be fit to feature.

Young defender Tommie Hoban again looks likely to miss out through injury and centre-back Joel Ekstrand is also a doubt through a lack of match fitness. Winger Nordin Amrabat will be suspended following his red card against the Hammers last time out.

Quique Sanchez Flores fielded a rotated team against West Ham, but the Spaniard is likely to name a far stronger team in this clash.

Possible Crystal Palace FA Cup Semi Final Team Selection

Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Adebayor

Possible Watford FA Cup Semi Final Team Selection

Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Jurado, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Ighalo, Deeney

Semi Final Match Prediction

These two teams are very evenly matched, but neither have been at their best in recent weeks. However, I think that Palace may just nick this game, as they have shown more of an attacking threat in recent games.