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Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Spoils split

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  • Watford tops Palace in shots, 14-6
  • Zaha involved in two PK shouts
  • One of 2 PL matches on Saturday

Cagey sides Watford and Crystal Palace each picked up a point from a nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Palace moves six points clear of the drop zone, while Watford is nine above 18th.

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Stefano Okaka headed a Troy Deeney cross off the cross bar in the fourth minute.

The match boiled over as Abdoulaye Doucoure, already booked, shoved Wilfried Zaha after the Ivorian hit the deck in the box after a 50/50 with Christian Kabasele.

Deeney hit a low drive into Wayne Hennessey‘s mitts as three minutes of first half stoppage began at Vicarage Road.

The second half snapped to life around the hour mark, and Luka Milivojevic whipped a free kick off the cross bar.

Zaha saw a 63rd minute yellow card for diving in a scrum of Watford bodies in what could’ve easily been a penalty for the Eagles.

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Watch Live: Watford vs. Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace can all but clinch Premier League safety with an away win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

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Palace’s twin tower strikers Christian Benteke and Alexander Sorloth are on the bench against the Hornets, who have captain Troy Deeney and Stefano Okaka up top.

LINEUPS

Watford: Karnezis; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Hughes, Capoue, Doucouré, Pereyra; Deeney, Okaka. Subs: Gomes, Britos, Femenía, Janmaat, Richarlison, Sinclair, Gray.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha. Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Riedewald, Lee, Benteke, Sorloth.

Top Premier League storylines – Week 35

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It’s a short Premier League weekend with the FA Cup taking place, but all eyes will be on the Emirates Stadium after Friday’s stunning news.

Arsene Wenger begins his farewell tour at Arsenal this Sunday as the Gunners host a London derby against West Ham United.

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Arsenal aims to finish season on a high
Arsenal vs. West Ham —  8:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN

The decision to step down has taken attention away from Arsenal’s defeat last Sunday when Newcastle came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Gunners, 2-1. Perhaps with the manager on his way out, Arsenal’s players will be extra motivated to end the season on a high note. If Arsenal continue to slip up, it could be out of Europe entirely, as the club sits just two points above seventh place.

For West Ham, a win would all but ensure the club’s place in the Premier League next season, but the club currently sit just six points above the relegation zone, and with the team going through a rough past few months, every point gained at home or away counts.

Does a guard of honor await Manchester City?
Manchester City vs. Swansea City —  11:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN

By virtue of Manchester United’s defeat last Sunday, Manchester City became officially Premier League champions-elect.

The club will get to raise the trophy officially at the end of the season, but for now, it appears Swansea City will be the first club to show its respect to Man City’s dominance throughout the season with a guard of honor. Man City is still chasing more Premier League records, but Swansea City, just four points above the drop zone, needs this win more.

Relegation scrap on tap
Watford vs. Crystal Palace —  10:00 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN

It’s a proverbial six-pointer as Watford, about as far north you can go in the London area, takes on Crystal Palace in south London in a key relegation battle.

Just three points separate the two sides, but a win for Watford would push the club up to 40 points while a win for Palace would put the Eagles even on points with the Hornets at 37 each. Interestingly, via the Premier League, “Watford are winless in their last six home meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions (D3 L3), since a 2-0 victory in the Championship in February 2009.”

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford: Ince strikes late

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  • Three total shots on target
  • Ince puts Town’s only one in the goal
  • Terries now seven clear

Tom Ince‘s stoppage time goal was Huddersfield Town’s only shot on target, but they won’t care after picking up a potentially huge 1-0 win over Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

The win boosts the Terriers into 14th place, seven points clear of the drop. Watford is in 12th, three ahead of Town.

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Town’s Rajiv Van la Parra had the first real chance of the game deflected over the bar for what would be an unsuccessful corner kick.

Abdoulaye Doucoure had a strong strike deflected past the reach of Jonas Lossl, who might’ve just had the post covered as the ball skittered into the side netting.

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Watford 1-2 Burnley: Clarets launch comeback

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  • Burnley in 7th place
  • Four-straight wins for Burnley
  • Vokes, Cork score twice in three minutes

Burnley fought back to win 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Roberto Pereyra put Watford ahead in the second half but goals from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork turned the game on its head.

Burnley stay in seventh as their fine season continues.

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Burnley thought they had gone 1-0 up after 90 seconds but in-form Chris Wood was flagged for offside.

At the other end Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra went close as Watford came into the game.

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Before the break Pereyra had a shot towards goal which Nick Pope saved superbly as the home side finished the first half strongly.

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After the break the home side took the lead as Will Hughes danced through several Burnley challenges before the ball fell to Pereyra who slotted home into the bottom corner. 1-0 to Watford.

Soon the game turned on its head.

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Vokes then came on and scored with his first touch to level things up. Adrian Mariappa‘s header was short and Vokes prodded home his first goal since November. 1-1. Game on.

Less than three minutes later it was 2-1 to Burnley as the game-winner came from an unlikely source.

A cross into the box found Cork and his header just went over the line as Orestis Karnezis tried to claw it away.