Crystal Palace to triumph over Watford in low-scoring affair

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One thing that’s for sure in the FA Cup semi-final between Crystal Palace and Watford is that we won’t see many goals, with neither side scoring more than twice in a single round.

The 2-1 quarter final win over Arsenal is the only time the Hornets haven’t won 1-0 in the competition this term, while the Eagles have scored twice on two occasions.

Their combined lack of form in front of goal means punters should be able to bet with a degree of confidence in the overs/unders market.

Backing the game to see under 2.5 goals is priced at 8/13 and would be a sensible investment.

Clearly, this is going to be a tight affair and to get further evidence of this you only need to look how they have done against each other in the league this season.

The south Londoners won 1-0 when they made the trip to Vicarage Road, but found themselves on the end of a 2-1 defeat when it was their turn to host, meaning they are level on aggregate for the campaign.

When looking to separate the the two, the most telling piece of information is how they did when they last met at the home of English football.

The pair competed in the Championship playoff final back in 2013, with the Eagles emerging as 1-0 winners at Wembley.

While it is true that both teams have changed a lot since then, the fact still remains that the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Joel Ward and Troy Deeney all took to the field that day and will likely play a part in the semi-final.

Therefore, the most predictable outcome would see Crystal Palace advance to play Manchester United in the final, with a win for Alan Pardew’s men priced at 6/4.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.