sport news Gracia targets Fulham win to boost FA Cup semi-final preparations

Watford boss Javi Gracia believes beating Fulham will be the best preparation for FA Cup semi-final Watford host relegation-haunted Fulham at Vicarage Road on Tuesday Another defeat is set to see them following Huddersfield into the Championship Javi Gracia's side are safe in mid-table with a Wembley trip on Sunday 

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 18:56 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 18:56 BST, 1 April 2019


Watford boss Javi Gracia feels concentrating on beating relegation-haunted Fulham would be the best way to prepare for their FA Cup semi-final with Wolves.

The Cottagers head to Vicarage Road on the brink of dropping out of the Premier League, with another defeat set to see them follow Huddersfield down into the Championship.

Gracia's squad could be forgiven for having their minds elsewhere, already safe in mid-table and with Sunday's trip to Wembley to look forward to.

Javi Gracia wants his Watford side to concentrate on beating Fulham on Tuesday night

Javi Gracia wants his Watford side to concentrate on beating Fulham on Tuesday night

The Spaniard, though, has called for full focus on Tuesday night against a team still mathematically at least with a chance of beating the odds to stay up.

'I think the best way to prepare for that important game we play on Sunday is to try and win the next game,' Gracia said.

'That is the best way to respect the FA Cup and to respect the Premier League as well.

'I will choose the players I want, but I am always thinking about the best formation and the best line-up to win the next game.

'In this moment, I am only focused on the next game. After Fulham, we have five days to prepare (for the semi-final).

'It was more difficult to prepare for this game after only a couple of

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