Preview: Npower Championship Play-off Final. Crystal Palace vs Watford.


After staging Europe’s biggest club match on Saturday (congratulations to Bayern Munich and Jupp Heynckes), Wembley stages the Football League’s biggest domestic match of the season; the Championship Play-off Final.

Memorable semi-finals to say the least make this match all the more exciting for neutrals as well as fans.  Watford’s last minute winner against Leicester, a mere 30 seconds after Knockaert’s heartbreaking saved penalty at the other end, will have injected a tonne of confidence into the fans.  Having been lurking around the automatic promotion positions for most of the season, Zola’s team will be determined not to let the fans and the club down.  Palace have also dropped from automatic spots due to dry patches, goal-wise, in parts of the season.  Without prolific striker Glenn Murray to lead the attack due to a ligament injury suffered in the home leg to Brighton, the Eagles will be putting their faith in former Norwich striker Aaron ‘Wilbrahimović’ Wilbraham to put the goals away.  Their away victory to bitter rivals Brighton in the second leg of the semi-finals will have boosted spirits massively after an unnerving goalless draw in the first leg.


Star men, Matěj Vydra and Wilfried Zaha will attract all the media eyes and will be expected to produce some magic if their respective teams are to come out victorious.  Udinese loanee, Vydra showcased his talent and proved why he merited the Player of the Season award with a spectacular volley to open the scoring against Leicester.  Palace’s centre backs will certainly have their hands full if Vydra shows up.  Wilfried Zaha bagged a brace against Brighton in his penultimate match in red and blue, so will be bursting to make history in his last. “I just want to get Palace to the Premiership really”, he said after knocking Brighton out of the way.

A great day out for the fans, whether it be elation or heartbreak and a gripping match for neutrals are in expectation for this final day of the Football League season. COME ON YOU EAGLES! (@ReubenPinder, Palace fan).


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