There is a big opportunity for two of the less glamorous Premier League teams left in the FA Cup face off as Watford host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road with a Wembley appearance up for grabs.
At first glance, Watford look in a great postilion to take themselves to Wembley for the fourth time in the last 16 years – their last three quarter-final games in 2003, 2007, and 2016 have all ended up with wins.
Currently, Javi Gracia’s side are eight in the Premier League and look likely to end the season in the top half of the table so may be more willing to put their eggs in the FA Cup basket.
Indeed, against Manchester City last weekend, they rested key players like Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney, so they may have a fresher outlook during the game.
They have only lost four of their last 15 games but they were to Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, and City, so they know how to get the job done against teams in mid-table in the Premier League and can be backed at 7/5 to beat Palace on Saturday.
In the FA Cup, they have a mean home record, winning each of their last five games, conceding no goals in the process (Watford are available at 9/5 to keep a clean sheet) , meaning Palace will need to put on their shooting boots in order to progress – something which hasn’t come too easily to them so far this season.
However, Roy Hodgson’s men should not be discounted too easily as they have an even better recent record in the FA Cup than Watford.
The Eagles got to the final of the competition in 2016, losing to Manchester United, but, like Watford, have won their previous three quarter-finals and can be backed at 11/5 to make it four, odds which may seem generous given Palace’s run of winning six of their last eight away FA Cup games.
Attacking wise, they are also just starting to hit a bit of form after not being able to buy a goal before Christmas.
Michy Batshuayi has proven to be a good signing, scoring twice in seven games and providing good link up play with talisman Wilfried Zaha.
The Belgian enjoys playing against Watford, netting four times in three appearances to sting the Hornets and is 23/10 to score anytime.