Marco Silva bracing for tough trip


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Marco Silva believes Crystal Palace have improved massively since Roy Hodgson’s appointment and insists Watford won’t underestimate them on Tuesday.

The Portuguese manager has worked wonders since being appointed as Watford boss over the summer and they could finish Tuesday as high as eighth in the Premier League if they claim all three points.

However, their form has tailed off over the last few weeks and they are without a win in three games following losses to Burnley and Manchester United, while they were held to a draw at home to Tottenham.

Watford’s downturn in form has coincided with an improvement for Palace, which began when Hodgson was appointed as Frank de Boer’s successor, and Silva is certain his men will be in for a tough evening at Selhurst Park.

Silva said: “It will be a tough match. “They have improved since Hodgson arrived, the quality of the football as well.

The quality they have in the squad didn’t reflect in the table. This is clear. They stay last in the table but quality in the squad didn’t reflect how they can play in the attack line.

“They have big quality in the attack line and in [Luka] Milivojevic they have one player who I know very well [from our time at Olympiacos].

In one moment they can solve the solution. But we go there to compete, to take a good result. It’s one more challenge for us.”

Watford are priced at 3.20 to get back to winning ways on Tuesday, while Palace can be backed at 2.30, and the draw is available at 3.30.

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