Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Palace Preview - Away, Aug 9th

Palace Preview - Away, Aug 9th

Crystal Palace Away
August 9th

Last Season:
H: Watford 0-2 Palace
A: Palace 1-3 Watford
FAC: Watford 2-1 Palace

Ins: Flahavan [Southend; Free], Fonte [Benfica; Undisc], Carle [Bristol City; £1million], McCarthy [Charlton Athletic; Undisc], Ertl [Austria Vienna; Free].

Out: Bostock [Spurs; Tribunal Ruling - 700k + further clauses], Mark Kennedy [Cardiff; Free], Tony Craig [Millwall; Free], Jeff Hughes [Bristol Rovers; Undisc].

The first fixture of the season, normally, normally brings hope, joy and expectations for both sides. However, this hasn`t been the normal Summer for Watford with talk of administration, stand closure and departure after departure of key players. Palace on the other hand head into the season with renewed optimism after a Summer spent strengthening their already strong side.

The arrival of Neil Warnock galvanised The Eagles last season, though not immediately, the Warnock-factor was felt as the South Londoners reached the Play Off Final only to be beaten by a late Bristol City goal.

However, last seasons heartbreak - for both sides - might be just what the doctor ordered, motivation, inspiration and reason not to end up second-best. Palace have gone out this summer and strengthened. Aussie midfielder Nick Carle is the biggest addition having arrived for the sum of £1million from Bristol City. Signed just last January by Gary Johnson, Carle impressed Warnock enough to spend his first transfer fee of the summer to bolster his already strong midfield. Carle could however be seen as a direct replacement for the 'Ginger Prince` Ben Watson who is subject to interest from Queens Park Rangers. Indeed, it seems unlikely that Watson will feature after stating his intentions to leave Selhurst. Tom Soares adds further depth in the creative department and has international experience with the England U21`s. Shaun Derry is a totally different option in midfield with his snarling, bullish attitude to the game as he protects the Eagles backline.

On the flanks, Paul Ifill offers direct thrust down the right, but young Eire cap Sean Scannell might be preferred after an impressive debut season last year. Neil Danns offers another option but the former Colchester gem has hardly featured since arriving from Birmingham City last January.

Arriving from London rivals Charlton Athletic is Paddy McCarthy. Former of Leicester and Manchester City, the Eire cap is a direct replacement for Mark Hudson. The former Palace skipper left on a bosman for Charlton after establishing himself as the mainstay of the Eagles backline last term. Clint Hill impressed hugely after he joined from Stoke in a swap deal with Leon Cort who 'didn`t have enough scars or bookings` for Neil Warnock`s liking.

If there is a weakness in Neil Warnock`s latest side, then it is surely in the striking department. Clinton Morrison failed to negotiate a new deal despite several advances from the club, and has today [Thursday 8th] signed for Coventry on a free. James Scowcroft and Shefki Kuqi remain at Selhurst, but neither is capable of leading the clubs goalscoring charts. Scowcroft notched a hat trick on day one last term [here`s to no more of that], but failed to impress for the rest of the term whilst Kuqi joined Fulham and Ipswich on-loan, failing with before returning and falling out with the fans!

Other summer captures include Southend 'keeper, Darryl Flahavan on a free transfer and defender and Austrian cap, Johannes Ertl. Like many teams, this transfer window has been a busy one for Neil Warnock and co, and also akin to many other sides, the Eagles are likely to swoop again before it closes in 24 days time and Warnock will be searching for that missing piece up top before September comes - hopefully by then, we might have a striker, let alone one that can score goals!

Predicted Line-ups
Watford
: Loach; Mariappa, Bromby DeMerit, Sadler; Williamson, Eustace (c), Harley; Smith, Priskin, McAnuff.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Butterfield, McCarthy, Fonte, C.Hill; Scannell Soares, Derry (c), Carle, Moses; Scowcroft.




Join the FREE Telegraph Championship Fantasy Football League!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:wfc123
Date:Thursday August 7 2008
Time: 6:48PM

Comments

0
I can't wait 'till saturday... I'll be there supporting the team... I'm going to give them a chance... Don't let me down... I don't mean they must, must win but as long as they try there hearts out that's good enough for me... Pride, Blood and Guts Needed... Ground the Eagles...
watford1881
08/08/2008 01:11:00
0
Good man 1881, Come on You Golden Boys and let's hope Priskin proves us all wrong!
RFB-gloryhornetboys
08/08/2008 07:56:00
0
if he doesn't prove use wrong were in trouble. but i hope he does prove use worng . COME ON U ORNS
jackwebby
08/08/2008 15:36:00
0
quite nervous about this season, not expecting to much, but would like to be safe from relegation! "keep the faith"
ANDY710
08/08/2008 15:50:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Match Day Officials v West Ham (25/2/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against West Ham United this Saturday.

Chelsea Tie To Be Rescheduled

Watford's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in March has now been postponed and will be rearranged.

Niang - I'm Nothing Like Balotelli

January arrival from AC Milan, M'Baye Niang, has dismissed suggestions he's like Mario Balotelli and spoken about how he's settling into life at Watford...

More Reliable Than An Octopus 2016/17? (22/2/17)

A new season, a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Premier League positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes75%
Cathcart0%
Kaboul0%
Prodl0%
Britos0%
Cleverley25%
Zarate0%
Capoue0%
Niang0%
Holebas0%
Deeney0%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Okaka0%
Sub - Success0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League