Expect goals at Wembley

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: May 23 2013, 10:02 BST

Our Championship expert Craig Chisnall expects Watford and Crystal Palace to produce a goal-laden play-off final on Monday.

Troy Deeney: Superb in the second leg of the semi-final
Troy Deeney: Superb in the second leg of the semi-final

With two fine footballing teams contesting the richest game in football I believe we could be in for a classic when Watford and Crystal Palace go head to head on Monday.

Both clubs have belied pre-season expectations to get this far and they've also been the Championship's entertainers.

Watford's strike pairing of Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney were on fire in the second-leg win over Leicester, while Palace, despite missing top scorer Glenn Murray, have the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jonny Williams and Aaron Wilbraham in their armoury.

With that in mind I like the look of the evens on over 2.5 goals to be scored to ensure a dramatic finale to the season.

The Hornets and their army of loan players, which has irked Eagles boss Ian Holloway this term, looked to be ready for their holidays when they lost to the Foxes in the first leg.

But with the way they performed in the return and a lengthy break inbetween, I fancy them to come flying out of the traps under the famous arch.

They are 3/1 to lead at the break and full-time and I'd snap that up.

Deeney was superb in that unbelievable ending at Vicarage Road almost a fortnight ago and has been a revelation this term.

The former Walsall frontman has plundered 20 goals already this term and has been every bit as key as Vydra to the Hornets' promotion charge.

He's 11/2 to break the deadlock and it looks the price to get on in that market.

Almen Abdi is another loan player who has had a huge impact since arriving from Udinese on loan. With 12 goals so far this season, he's worth a mention too and some will consider the 3/1 in the anytime scorer market to be too big.

Staying in that market, Palace's attacking midfielder Jonny Williams definitely looks worth a bet.

The diminutive Welshman has a great future in the game and has had the scouts flocking to Selhurst Park.

The 19-year-old missed a great chance in the superb second-leg win at Brighton but he's difficult to mark and is bound to get a chance.

He's yet to break his duck in the league for the Eagles but is more than due a goal so don't write off the 6/1 offered by both bet365 and William Hill.

  • The game kicks off at 1500 BST on Monday and is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.

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