League Cup Could Be An Opportunity For Vieira To Build Confidence

With no goals and no win from the opening two games of the Premier League season, it will be interesting to see how both managers approach this second round tie at Vicarage Road. Let us be honest, both sets of fans would have groaned at the prospect of what will be a fourth meeting between the two sides this season following the per-season win for Palace over the newly promoted side at Selhurst.

DATE

24th August 2021

KICK OFF

7.45pm

VENUE

Vicarage Road, Watford WD18 0ER

LAST TIME

Here’s hoping there is a fair bit more entertainment at Vicarage for this cup tie as the last visit ended in a goalless draw in December 2019, littered with bookings.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – ISMAILA SARR

OFFICIALS

Referee – Tim Robinson. Assistants – Richard Wild, Nigel Lugg. Fourth official – John Busby.

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson all miss out through injury while Luka Milivojevic is on compassionate leave.

WATFORD – Juraj Kucka, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kiki Femenia, Joao Pedro and Junqueira de Jesus are all doubts for the hosts.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS – Christian Benteke (1), Joel Ward (1), Joachim Andersen (1), Juraj Kucka (1), Ken Sema (1), Peter Etebo (1)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 07/08/2021 Crystal Palace 3-1 Watford
  • 07/03/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 07/12/2019 Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 21/08/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford
  • 14/08/2021 Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/08/2021 Crystal Palace 3-1 Watford
  • 31/07/2021 Reading 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 27/07/2021 Crystal Palace 2-2 Charlton Athletic

Last THREE results for Watford;

  • 21/08/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Watford
  • 14/08/2021 Watford 3-2 Aston Villa
  • 07/08/2021 Crystal Palace 3-1 Watford

RECORD AGAINST WATFORD

  • Played 122
  • Won 50
  • Drawn 28
  • Lost 44

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Emmanuel Dennis 7.76
  • Juraj Kucka7.57
  • Conor Gallagher 7.33
  • James McArthur 7.03

ONE TO WATCH

TROY DEENEY

FORMER CLUBS – Chelmsley Town, Walsall, Halesowen Town (loan)

The seasoned striker who is closing in on 400 appearances for Watford will likely feature from the start and it is no secret what he can do on his day so the Palace back line will have to be very wary of his presence.

KEY CLASH

JEAN-PHILIPPE MATETA v CRAIG CATHCART

The jury is out on the French striker even after his brilliant goal against Brighton last season, but it is expected that he will be given the nod to start and lead the line against Watford in this cup tie and he probably needs some kind of performance if that proves to be the case. He will likely be up against Northern Irish international defender Cathcart who originally graduated from the Manchester United academy.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • This is the first time the two sides have met in the League Cup since August 1974 when Palace won 6-2 on aggregate.
  • Palace are unbeaten in two games against Watford. Before that they had lost three on the spin to the Hornets.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – 0
  • ASSISTS – 0
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (128 – 16th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Jordan Ayew/ Joel Ward (4)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (150)
  • SHOTS – Jordan Ayew/ Christian Benteke/ Conor Gallagher (2)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (6 – 5th in PL)

OPPOSITION VIEW COURTESY OF THE HORNETS NEST

“So just a couple of weeks into the season, and Watford and Palace are already taking on each other for the second time. Palace fans were no doubt as underwhelmed by the prospect of facing Watford away in the Carabao Cup, as we were facing Palace at home! With survival the main aim of the season for the Hornets I’m expecting plenty of changes for Watford, mainly with the aim of getting some match fitness into regular first teamers who aren’t yet at match fitness.

For Palace I’d anticipate a relatively strong team as from the outside looking in it feels like Viera is still figuring out his best formation and players. It’ll be a higgledy-piggledy evening and I’d be surprised if I was on the edge of my seat at any point. At least if Foster is in goal we’ll have some in-the-goal GoPro footage to look forward to afterwards. I’m going for a 1-1 draw and Watford to win on penalties, but I’ll likely be asleep by then.”

PREDICTION

Such a tough call this one in view of not really knowing how each manager will approach this game. It could go one of two ways, not want to risk many first team players and see what fringe players can do or play a relatively unchanged side to try and build some confidence and start some momentum. For Palace it is likely to be a mixture, but does anyone need a run in this cup? Of course, why not?

FINAL SCORE: 1-1 (Palace to win on penalties)

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 2/1
  • Draw – 11/5
  • Away – 7/5
  • Both teams to score – 3/4

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