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Championship Playoff Final: Crystal Palace vs Watford: Open Thread

Today sees the richest match in soccer kicking off at 10am ET between Crystal Palace and Watford, to decide which team will be promoted to the Premier League. For the winner, they’ll generate a total increase in revenue of £60 million next year. Combined with parachute payments, the revenue increases to £120 million. The loser will suffer heartache and depression, and will play in the Championship again next season.

If you live in the United States, the match is being shown live on beIN SPORT beginning at 9:55am ET.

Even if you’re not a Crystal Palace or Watford supporter, this is one of the must-watch matches of the season with so much on the line at Wembley.

The match also has the added-bonus of being played on a national holiday in the States (Memorial Day) as well as a Bank Holiday Monday in the United Kingdom. So sit back, and get ready for an emotional two hours of soccer.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with soccer fans from around the world.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. El Duce

    May 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Zaha: great physical talent, no clue what he’s doing most of the time, though.

    Lost track of how many great runs of his were aborted by some overstepping, overdoing and overthinking.

  2. jtm371

    May 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats to Palace on promotion to bad you lose your best player.good luck next year i think your going to need it.

  3. Scott

    May 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I always love the comments after the playoff final about they are obviously going to get relegated. There is still a transfer window people. Of course in their current form they will not last, but let’s wait until we see who gets brought in.

    Here are the stats for the past five years for teams promoted. In one of the five seasons, none of the three promoted sides went back down. In the the other four seasons, only one of the three promoted teams got relegated. Twice that team was the playoff winner and twice it was the championship team.

    My simple point, way too early to tell who is going to get relegated.

    • Guy

      May 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Don’t confuse people with actual statistics, Scott. 😉

    • Matt

      May 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      the problem is I don’t see Palace spending that much in the summer. Of course its not always about the money, they can buy smart but my point is they will have to buy many players I feel.

      From what I followed of the championship, Palace seemed to be the “weakest” of the 4 teams in the playoffs yet they won it

      • Scott

        May 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

        And how do you have any clue to how much Palace will spend? The fact of the matter is they don’t have to buy RVP type players, they only have to buy enough to finish above three other teams. It is not an impossible task.

  4. Jamie

    May 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations to Palace!

    Cannot wait for Palace v Sunderland. Holloway vs DiCanio. Please let it be the season opener. Holloway is going to bring enough entertainment all by himself. Not sure how well his team is going to do though. Unless they buy some decent, experienced players they are going to struggle to stay up.

  5. Trickybrkn

    May 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Matthew Simmons will lead them out first home match,

    • Matt

      May 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      You’re pretty much the scum of the earth aren’t you

      • trickybrkn

        May 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        I hope you are a palace fan. Did you read that Simmons a few years back was arrested at his sons football match for heckling a referee. Or maybe they have Ian Dowie lead then out… or Dowie Vs Jordan at halftime.

        Look. We’re happy to have the 6 points from Palace. I just fear for the safety of supporters who travel to the crap hole fire trap Selhurst Park… anyway. It was all in good banter. If you are really that thin shinned then not sure how you could support a South London club.

  6. Cantona

    May 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Congrats to Palace… Gutted for Zola though, great manager…

    Cantona—

    • Trickybrkn

      May 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Your name inspired my comment… And why the hell would anyone named Cantona be offering any sort of congratulations to Palace.

      • Matt

        May 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        Because he has class

      • Cantona

        May 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        The sardines have already been thrown into the sea.

        Thank you very much.

        Cantona—

    • Guy

      May 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      He can still get to the Prem. There is an opening at Stoke! 🙂

  7. Smokey Bacon

    May 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    So it’s looking like Palace who will be relegated next year. Holloway should start clearing out his desk now.

  8. Cantona

    May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Kevin Phillips!!!!!!

    Cantona—

  9. cmasia

    May 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Wilbrahaman could not kick the ball into the ocean from the bow of a boat.

    If this year’s EPL relegation threatened sides are watching, they know they only have to beat 2 sides next year, not 3.

    There is one good outfield player on the pitch, and he’ll be playing for Man Utd. next year.

  10. gillyrosh

    May 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Extra time is fine, but please: no penalties.

  11. rej4sl

    May 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

    In the Twin Cities we only have it on SD on the Spanish channel. Changed the audio to English but the commercials still pipe up in Spanish. The picture is in letterbox. But we are just mainly listening to it as the picture is not that great. So used to our HD football.

  12. The Gaffer

    May 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Very good open game so far. Watford looks likely to score on the counter. Palace looks likely to score with their attacking threat. Goals will come in the second half, for sure.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • The Gaffer

      May 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Manuel Almunia is spoiling my prediction. Another big game for the goalkeeper.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  13. Adam

    May 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Zaha running things so far for Palace. Could go either way though.

  14. BostonGunner

    May 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

    This is on live BeIn Sport in Boston.

  15. gillyrosh

    May 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I don’t know much about either team, so only rooting for a good game. Hard to top Watford’s win over Leicester City, though.

  16. cmasia

    May 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Another big final covered by 2 stooges in a studio 3,000 miles from the match.

    Why???

    • The Gaffer

      May 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Ross Dyer and Ian Joy have been covering most of the Championship playoff matches. Why do you say they’re stooges? Both are accomplished commentators.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

    • Cantona

      May 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      This is the only pairing that is listenable on BeIN sport… I wish Joy would stop his quality comments… But Ross Dyer is class… The best BeIN has… No issues from me with these two… Thank god Schoen and Hudson are nowhere near this broadcast

      Cantona—

  17. gillyrosh

    May 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Yay! I have the day off, so I can watch!

  18. jtm371

    May 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    First i would like to say happy Memorial Day and thanks.

    Up the Hornets would like to see Watford make it up although i think it will be a one and done for the winner.i think it will be hard for either side to stay up next year.

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