Queens Park Rangers will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record against Watford when they clash in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
The cup returns this weekend and, with plenty of big names out of the running, it could prove to be an interesting year in the historic competition.
Championship outfit QPR, who can be backed at a best price of 4/1 to win the tie inside 90 minutes, take to the field in the fifth round for the first time since 1996-97, and the last time they made it to the quarter-finals was in 1994-95.
The R’s are yet to face Premier League opposition in the FA Cup this term, having seen off Leeds and Portsmouth in the previous two rounds.
But they head into the clash at Loftus Road in poor form after winning just once in their last seven outings across all competitions.
However, Steve McClaren’s men can take confidence from their recent record against the Hornets. They are unbeaten in their last three competitive meetings, winning two and drawing one.
However, they will be unable to call on defender Angel Rangel and midfielder Geoff Cameron due to injury while McClaren conceded he may have others missing as they prepare for their third game in six days.
Watford made it through to the last four in 2015-16 but have never won the FA Cup since its inception in 1871.
The Hornets will feel they have a great opportunity to go all the way this term as they are just one of seven Premier League teams left in the competition.
Javi Gracia’s men aren’t in danger of being relegated this season and it looks extremely unlikely they will finish any higher than seventh, so a cup run could be on the agenda.
Watford, who can be backed at a best price of 16/1 to win the FA Cup outright, have played both of their FA Cup ties away from home so far this term, keeping successive clean sheets against Woking and Newcastle, and Gracia will be keen to see them extend that record.
They have struggled to pick up victories at Loftus Road, winning just once in their last five visits, but they should have too much quality on Friday.
Sebastian Prodl and Roberto Pereyra are back in training and Gracia must decide whether or not to include them in the matchday squad.