Crystal Palace look to right their wrongs after the M23 derby defeat last weekend. Indeed, there’s no better way to do that than by beating fellow Premier League club Watford in the FA Cup quarter-final later today. Clearly, it’s not quite as big a rivalry as the one with Brighton but there is a nasty recent history with the Hornets, so this one will have some bite
After what turned out to be a baffling defeat to their biggest rivals, Roy Hodgson will be looking to push his team through into their second FA Cup semi-final in the last three years. If he can, it could be one of the club’s best seasons in recent memory, putting a marker down for next year.
So, after what looked a dominated game ending in defeat last time out, we look at how Roy Hodgson can avoid facing the same fate against Watford.
Drop James McArthur
Despite being one of Palace’s more consistent players this season, it can be argued that with such an important cup game it may be time for a more youthful, creative player.
Fans would be more than happy to see the 31-year-old feature later on in the game, however starting with another attacking midfielder may just benefit the Eagles more than having two defensive-minded midfielders in McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.
Palace have to go for it and believe, after all.
Start Max Meyer
Max Meyer may just come in and be Palace’s saving grace, as he was in their last FA Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers.
With the inclusion of Meyer, it would add that extra attacking player, leading to discomfort within the Watford defence. Indeed, wouldn’t it be pleasing to see the Eagles really have a go at Watford and push for that semi-final?
Scoring in the last FA Cup game, and bagging himself a goal and three assists when actually used in games, the German international will feel that he can add that extra spark to an already dangerous attack of Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi.