Crystal Palace V Watford Match Preview.
Watford play Crystal Palace today at 3pm in the Play Off Final at Wembley and will be backed by over 34,000 Watford FC fans. Whoever wins joins the Premier League and will be playing the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City next season. The loser stays in the Championship. Watford beat Leicester 3-2 on Aggregate to get to Wembley after Troy Deeney scored a spectacular last gasp goal to send the Hornets to Wembley just 20 seconds after Manuel Almunia saved a Anthony Knockhaert penalty. Whilst Crystal Palace beat Brighton 2-0 on Aggregate to seal their place. The match is touted as 'The Richest Match In Football' due to the amount of money the club recieves for winning. The matchs between these two sides earlier this season finished 3-2 to Watford at Selhurst Park and a 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road on a cold Ferburary Friday night match which was televised by Sky Sports. Palace most influetnital player this season has been Striker Glen Murray who has scored 30 goals during the season. However, a serious injury that he suffered during the first leg of the Brighton match has not only ruled him out of the final but for 6-9 monthes meaning that it is likely that he will miss the start of the next season. Therfeore, Wilfired Zaha will be the main threat from Palace. The winger has been in good form for most of the season which peresuaded Manchester United to buy him off of Palace for £15 million pounds and loaned him back for the rest of the season. If the Hornets can cope with him, then they stand a good chance of winning.
For Palace, Glen Murray is out with a cruciate ligament injury and will be out for between 6-9 monthes. This means that either Aaron Wilbraham or Kevin Phillips will take his place.
For the Hornets, manager Gianfranco Zola has no new injury concerns. However, Zola has to choose between Daniel Pudil and Matthew Briggs at Wing Back and Jonathan Hogg and Cristian Battochio in midfield.
Predicted Team Lineups
Crystal Palace - Speroni (GK), Ward, Delaney, Gabbidon, Moxey, Bolasie, Dikgaoci, Jedinak (C), Garvan, Williams, Zaha, Wilbraham.
Watford - Almunia (GK) (C), Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Anya, Hogg, Chalobah, Abdi, Pudil, Deeney, Vydra.
Referee - Martin Atkinson.