Crystal Palace v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 22nd April 2016 3:05

Yannick Bolasie: Crystal Palace winger fit to face Watford

Watford have lost only one of their six previous FA Cup ties against Crystal Palace going into Sunday’s semi-final clash at Wembley.

Team news

Crystal Palace quartet Yannick Bolasie, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Joe Ledley are all available after missing Wednesday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United with minor injuries, leaving long-term absentees Marouane Chamakh, Brede Hangeland and Paddy McCarthy as the Eagles’ only absentees.

Watford will be without Nordin Amrabat after he was sent-off at the end of Wednesday night’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham, but Quique Sanchez Flores has an otherwise full-strength squad and is set to recall the likes of Allan Nyom, Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney after resting them at Upton Park.

Kick-off at Wembley on Sunday is at 4pm.

Opta stats

  • This is Crystal Palace’s first appearance in the FA Cup semi-final since 1995. They’ve been eliminated in three of their four previous semi-final appearances, the exception being in 1990 when they beat Liverpool 4-3.
  • Watford have reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 2007. They’ve lost four of their five previous games at this stage but did beat Plymouth Argyle in 1984 to reach the final.
  • The Hornets have scored exactly one goal in each of their five FA Cup semi-finals.
  • The two sides met at Wembley in 2013, with Crystal Palace beating Watford 1-0 in the Championship play-off final after extra time.
  • Indeed, the Eagles have won three of their last four visits to Wembley.
  • Troy Deeney scored twice in Watford’s 2-1 win at Selhurst Park in the Premier League in February.
  • Palace have lost only two of their last 11 meetings with the Hornets in all competitions (W7 D2).
  • However, Watford hold the edge in the FA Cup, losing just one of the previous six FA Cup games against Palace (W3 D2). Their last meeting ended in a 4-3 win in round four in 2009.
  • The Eagles could keep four successive clean sheets in the FA Cup for the first time since 1924 if they shutout Watford in this match.
  • A penalty has been scored in four of the last five games between Palace and Watford (three for Palace, one for Watford).

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