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Tom Stitfall 27th May 2013 - 19:00

Championship Play-Off Opta

Watford v Crystal Palace - BET NOW

  • This will be the third Championship playoff final for Watford, with the Hornets winning both of their previous two in 1999 (2-0 v Bolton Wanderers) and in 2006 (3-0 v Leeds United).
  • Both of Watford's previous promotions to the Premier League came seven years apart (1999 & 2006) and this final will see them have the opportunity to be promoted seven years after their last.
  • Crystal Palace have appeared in the Championship playoff final four times winning in 1989, 1997 and 2004 and losing in 1996.
  • This will be Palace's fifth Championship playoff final; more than any other side in their current format (since 1988-89).
  • Five of the last seven Championship playoff finals have been won by the side that finished the regular season in third place; including the last two in a row (Swansea City and West Ham United).
  • In fact, the side that has finished the regular season in third place has won the playoffs the most often (9/24 - 38%).
  • The last 10 competitive meetings between Palace and Watford have seen 38 goals scored; an average of 3.8 a match.
  • Both meetings between these two sides in the Championship this season have seen the team to score the first goal fail to win.
  • Watford midfielder Almen Abdi has scored a goal in both Championship games against Crystal Palace this season.
  • Watford were the only side in the Championship this season to have two players with at least 20 goals to their name (inc. playoffs) - Troy Deeney (20) and Matej Vydra (22).
  • Troy Deeney has scored six goals in his last nine appearances for the club.
  • Palace striker Glenn Murray scored more goals than any other player in the Championship this season (30), but will miss this game with a knee injury.
  • Watford have been given a league-high six red cards in the Championship this season.
  • Including playoff games, Watford have given away a league-high 12 penalties this season, whilst Palace have been awarded more than any other side in the division (15).
  • Including playoff matches, Watford have averaged 1.83 goals per game this season; more than any other side. The Eagles have scored 1.56 goals a game, which is the third highest average (Cardiff are second; 1.57).
  • Wilfried Zaha was the hero for the Eagles in their semi-final win over Brighton, but the forward has scored in just two of his last 25 appearances for Crystal Palace overall.



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