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OPPOSITION FOCUS: Crystal Palace

Posted: Fri 08 Feb 2013
Author: Sam Furlong

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Take a closer look at the Hornets' opposition this evening at Vicarage Road

CRYSTAL PALACE are the visitors to Vicarage Road this evening, where a win for either side will move them up to second in the npower Championship table.

Watford’s last outing saw them beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Vicarage Road, while Palace came from behind to beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Ian Holloway brings his Eagles to Hertfordshire looking for a first away win in eight matches, and a first away goal in 2013 as he hopes to climb to second in the league.

Palace are one point behind the Hornets going into tonight’s fixture, and with both clubs having experienced football’s top-flight in the last decade, they will be keen to increase their chances of a Premier League return with a vital win. 

Despite star youngster Wilfried Zaha signing for Manchester United, the exciting talent will remain at Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season on loan, as they fight for promotion.

The prolific form of Glenn Murray in front of goal has been a big factor in the success of Holloway’s side, with 25-goals in all competitions so far this season for the Eagles.

Tonight’s fixture sees the Championship’s highest scorers battle it out – Palace have 52 goals in 30 matches, with Watford scoring 58.

A late Matej Vydra strike earned Watford an opening-day 3-2 victory against Palace at Selhurst Park back in August.

Players to watch

Yannick Bolasie – Midfielder

Signed from Bristol City in August, the French-born winger played his youth football with Rushden and Diamonds. He had a trial at Plymouth Argyle, and signed a contract with them in 2010. After suffering relegation with The Pilgrims, he was snapped up by the Robins where he was named Player of the Year last campaign.

Wilfried Zaha – Striker

The young attacker recently signed for Manchester United, but will finish this campaign at Selhurst Park. Zaha burst onto the scene scoring a goal on the opening day of the 2010/11 season. Since then he has been pursued by many Premier League teams, ultimately opting for Old Trafford. The future is very bright for the young England international.

Glenn Murray – Striker

Murray was a free transfer from Brighton in the summer of 2011, after scoring 22 goals for the Seagulls as they won the League 1 title. Murray had spells with Carlisle, Stockport and Rochdale before his move to the Amex. After signing for Palace, Murray headed the winner against Manchester United in the League Cup, and the striker already has 25 goals this campaign.