QPR v Watford FA Cup betting preview and tips
Watford are having a fine season in the Premier League and there could be a chance to evoke memories of that fantastic 1983-84 FA Cup campaign where the Hornets reached the final before losing to Everton.
The draw has opened up nicely for Javi Gracia’s team who travel to Loftus Road on Friday night bidding to reach the quarter final stage of the competition and knowing that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are among the teams who have already fallen by the wayside.
The fact that Manchester United meet Chelsea means another “top seed” will go out and there is no pressure on Watford in terms of trying to stay in the top flight this season, with the top flight side expected to overcome Championship opposition.
QPR overcame high-flying Portsmouth after a replay in the previous round of the competition, with the team safely ensconced in fourteenth in the Championship table and they have little to lose from having a crack in this competition.
However, before beating Pompey at Loftus Road, the west London side had only won one of seven previous matches and their 4-1 demolition at home to Preston illustrates that they might struggle to live with a team who look strong in all areas.
Watford overcame the stern challenge of Newcastle at St James’ Park, with Gracia likely to field his strongest possible team now that the fixture congestion has eased and that means Troy Deeney doing his best battering ram impression.
The prospect of winning silverware will prove to be a massive incentive for a club who have not experienced a huge amount of success throughout their history and Gracia looks the longest-term manager for several years, with the team having the sort of spirit that could carry them into the final.
Will Hughes has the bit between his teeth, with Ben Foster having an excellent time between the sticks and we’re happy to back them simply to win this clash.
Watford to win @ 1.83 with bet365