Hodgson Returns To Selhurst But Defeat To Palace Will Relegate Watford

Former boss Roy Hodgson returns to South London for the first time since his time at the helm of the Eagles ended. Fresh off the back of being awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace and announcing that he will be leaving Watford at the end of the season, he is sure to get a warm welcome as he walks out at Selhurst.  

DATE

7th May 2022

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The last competitive game at Selhurst between these two sides was in March 2020 when a first half goal from Jordan Ayew sealed the points for the Eagles in a game that saw eight players carded.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jordan Ayew (8.0)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott. Assistants: Richard West, Matthew Wilkes. Fourth official: Tony Harrington. VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard. 

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Nathan Ferguson (thigh) is the only absentee for Patrick Vieira.

WATFORD – Juan Camilo Hernandez Suarez (thigh) is expected to miss out.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Emmanuel Dennis (1), Juraj Kucka (1)

YELLOW CARDS (7+) – Conor Gallagher (9), Joel Ward (8), Emmanuel Dennis (7)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 23/02/22 Watford 1-4 Palace
  • 24/08/21 Watford 1-0 Palace
  • 07/03/20 Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 07/12/19 Watford 0-0 Palace
  • 16/03/19 Watford 2-1 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 30/04/22 Saints 1-2 Palace
  • 25/04/22 Palace 0-0 Leeds
  • 20/04/22 Newcastle 1-0 Palace
  • 17/04/22 Chelsea 2-0 Palace
  • 10/04/22 Leicester 2-1 Palace

Last FIVE results for Watford;

  • 30/04/22 Watford 1-2 Burnley
  • 23/04/22 Manchester City 5-1 Watford
  • 16/04/22 Watford 1-2 Brentford
  • 09/04/22 Watford 0-3Leeds
  • 02/04/22 Liverpool 2-0 Watford

LEAGUE POSITION

Heading into the game, Palace are 12th in the Premier League table with 41 points from 34 games played, 19 points ahead of Watford in 19th.

RECORD AGAINST WATFORD

  • Played 124
  • Won 51
  • Drawn 28
  • Lost 45

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.13
  • Hassane Kamara 7.02
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.98
  • Emmanuel Dennis 6.90

ONE TO WATCH

HASSANE KAMARA

FORMER CLUBS – Chateauroux, Reims, Creteil (loan), Nice

The left back joined the Hornets from Nice in the January transfer window and has impressed having made 15 appearances for the club. Kamara has made five international appearances for the Ivory Coast.

KEY CLASH

TYRICK MITCHELL v ISMAILA SARR

Sarr has not been quite the threat many expected him to be on Watford’s return to the Premier League but if Mitchell makes a return to the starting line up after missing the last few games, this will be an interesting matchup.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

Watford are facing their 4th relegation from the Premier League. They would become the 6th different side to be relegated from the competition on 4 or more occasions, after Norwich City (6), West Bromwich Albion (5), Palace, Middlesbrough and Sunderland (4). 

Palace have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 home league matches. They’ve never kept four in a row at Selhurst Park in the Premier League, last doing so in any division in the Championship in December 2012. Since the start of February, only the top 2 sides Manchester City (7) and Liverpool (3) have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Palace’s 8.

Palace are looking to win consecutive Premier League matches for just the 2nd time this season, previously doing so in October/November against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Watford have had fewer different goalscorers than any other Premier League side this season (8, excluding own goals). Only Arsenal in 1993/94 (6), Fulham in 2001/02 (7) and Burnley in 2014/15 (7) have had fewer in a single campaign.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (12 – 7th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (2157  – 9th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (96 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2504 – 10th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (61 – 20th in PL)
  • SAVES – Guaita (80 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

Watford’s initial nickname was The Brewers, in reference to the Benskins Brewery, which owned the freehold of Vicarage Road. This nickname did not prove particularly popular, and upon the adoption of a blue-and-white colour scheme in the 1920s, the club became predominantly known as The Blues.

PREDICTION

Having found some form in recent weeks and returning to Selhurst off the back of the late win on the South Coast last weekend, Patrick Vieira will be aiming to steer his side to a third game in a row without defeat. The challenge for Palace is to push on for a top ten finish in the league in the final few games of the season but they will have to wary of their opposition who will want to delay their return to the Championship for as long as possible.

FINAL SCORE: 3-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 8/13
  • Draw – 14/5
  • Away – 4/1
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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