This Saturday will see Watford take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-final, with a place in the semi-final at Wembley at stake.

The Hornets have navigated a tough run of away fixtures to get to this stage, beating Woking, Newcastle and Queen's Park Rangers en route.

Ahead of the game, former Watford player Luther Blissett recalled his role in the 1987 quarter-final in which he scored twice to help the Hornets beat an Arsenal side who were aiming for the treble under George Graham.

"There was some controversy in the game," said Blissett, describing his second and Watford's third goal that ultimately finished off the game.

"There was a free kick and everybody went forward from their side. The ball went in and a few of their players thought that Steve Sims had fouled Niall Quinn. The ball was cleared and on the half way line, remonstrating with the referee was one of the centre backs and one of the full backs, Tony Adams was one and somebody else.

"The ball was cleared by our defenders and I made chase for it and a couple of their players were still remonstrating about it and I ran on and the ball ended up in the back of the net to make it 3-1 which they weren't very happy about."

The goal came with accusations of cheating from the Arsenal players pointed at both then Watford manager Graham Taylor and the referee.

Blissett firmly believes that, regardless of whether or not the goal should have stood, the Hornets had been the better side that day and had taken on board their manager's philosophy on self-belief, which had helped them achieve so much.

He said: "There was all the hullabaloo with the referees, calling the referee a cheat and even calling Graham Taylor a cheat at one point.

"It was an interesting moment, but we deserved to win that one anyway.

"It's just one of those amazing moments because at that stage you're among the last of eight clubs in it.

"You really start to believe that his could be your year. We were confident we could get something and we knew if we got it right on the day it was a game we could win and so it proved.

"Graham Taylor used to say you've got to aim for the stars and if you don't get to the stars, you might get to the moon. If you aim sometimes beyond what your reach might be, it's amazing what you could achieve."

Blissett expects the quarter-final to be a close game and predicts Javi Gracia will select his strongest starting 11, instead of resting players as he has done in previous rounds.

However, the Hornets' legend believes that regardless of what the starting lineup is, there is enough talent there to progress to the next round, as the team showed in their two Premier League victories over the Eagles this season.

He said: "I thought we deserved to win away at Palace, we were just better.

"The preferred team that I envisage us playing this weekend, is well capable of winning the game.

"Nobody will be resting any players now for the FA Cup because the silverware is there and it's in sight now and the belief is we can get there.

"If you get through this round, you're in a semi-final at Wembley.

"If we have our attitude right, whatever team that goes out, whether it's Andre up there or if it's Deulofeu up there with Deeney, we've just got to play with that belief that if we do it right, it's a game that we can win."