Watford vs Crystal Palace Match Preview.

25/09/2015 19:07

The Sky Sports camera's make their first visit to Vicarage Road this season, as Watford entertain Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Hornets' game against the Eagles will make up Sky Sports' 'Super Sunday' coverage and this will be the first time that the two sides have faced each other since the 2013 Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

On that day, Palace came out on top thanks to a Kevin Phillips penalty in extra-time which secured their promotion to the Premier League and since then the Eagles have gone on to establish themselves in the top flight, recording a tenth place finish under Alan Pardew last season.

Whilst its taken the Hornets a bit longer to join Palace in the top flight, everything about Watford FC has improved in the two year period since both sides last played each other. From the ground, to the atmosphere to the playing staff. From top to bottom, everything about Watford feels so much better and it could be said that the Golden Boys are much better equipped to challenge in the Premier League, compared to where they were two years ago.

Both sides come into Sunday's match off the back of a good start to the season. Both have nine points to their name, with Palace sitting two places above the Hornets in eighth place in the table.

The Eagles are managed by Alan Pardew, who was handed the reigns at Selhurst Park in January. Since then, the former Newcastle United and West Ham boss has worked wonders, guiding the Eagles to a tenth place finish in the Premier League last season, with Palace playing some excellent football in the process.

Their good form from last season has carried over into this term, with the Eagles defeating the likes of Chelsea, Aston Villa and Norwich City so far this season.

The key player for Alan Pardew's men on Sunday will undoubtedly be Yannick Bolasie. The DR Congo international was one of the Eagles stars from last season, with his pace and trickery causing oppositio defences a number of issues. Bolasie also showcased that he has an eye for goal, with the winger scoring four times in 36 appearances last season.

This weekend's match should be an open and attacking affair between two good sides. Palace will provide a stern text under Alan Pardew, with their free-flowing and attacking football winning them many admirers. The Hornets will have to be at their best if they wish to secure those all important three points in front of the Sky cameras.

Team News.

For Watford, Quique Sanchez Flores has no new injury concerns. Joel Ekstrand is a long term absentee whilst Valon Behrami serves the second game of his three match suspension.

For Crystal Palace, Alan Pardew is sweating on the fitness of Scott Dann, Damian Delaney and Mile Jedinak. Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh will not start for Palace, due to their respective injuries.

Predicted Teams

Watford - Gomes (GK), Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Anya, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney ©, Jurado, Ighalo.

Crystal Palace - McCarthy (GK), Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Bolasie.

Referee - Anthony Taylor