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Watford v Crystal Palace

15th March 2019, 16:01 by Warren Ashurst

Watford prepare to face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-finals, having already completed a league double over the Eagles this season.

The Hornets won 2-1 in the Premier League at Vicarage Road back in August, before collecting a 2-1 away win at Selhurst Park two months ago - thanks to goals from Craig Cathcart and Tom Cleverley.

But they will be wary of an Eagles team that have been better on the road than on home soil, having won their last three away fixtures in a row, which includes a 3-1 win at Burnley two weeks ago.

Watford are boosted by the news that defender Miguel Britos is fit and available, having recovered from a leg injury, so Javi Gracia reports no fresh fitness concerns for the hosts.

The manager does have one big decision to make and that is whether to start Heurelho Gomes between the posts, with the Brazilian keeping clean sheets in all three of his appearances in this season's FA Cup.

As for Palace, they also have a goalkeeping decision to make with Wayne Hennessey back to full fitness. The Wales international missed the defeat to Brighton last week and is pushing for a recall.

Roy Hodgson could include Pape Souare in his squad after he made a full recovery from a dislocated shoulder, but looks like being without Bakary Sako due to a calf problem.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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