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Watford v Crystal Palace: match preview


Crystal Palace have banked six points without conceding after a brutal run of competitive defeats against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. Roy Hodgson will be confident his side can maintain their run against managerless Watford who are back in a rut. Seven points from safety could quickly snowball into being completely cut adrift if they do not hire the right man soon. Wilfried Zaha finding form escalates the danger of a fourth successive defeat. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

Venue Vicarage Road

Last season Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season G13 Y35 R2 2.85 cards/game

Odds H 7-5 A 21-10 D 11-5

WATFORD

Subs from Gomes, Bachmann, Quina, Chalobah, Zeegelaar, Dele-Bashiru, Foulquier, Dahlberg, Kabasele, Success, Hughes, Janmaat

Doubtful Janmaat (knee), Kabasele (hamstring)

Injured Dawson (head, 14 Dec), Cleverley (heel), Holebas (ankle), Janmaat (knee), Welbeck (hamstring), Prödl (knee, all unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y30 R1

Form DLWLLL

Leading scorers Deulofeu, Gray 2

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Henderson, Hennessey, Dann, Camarasa, Riedewald, McCarthy, Benteke, Dreher, Tavares, Lokilo, Wickham

Doubtful Cahill (knee), Dann (ankle)

Injured Van Aanholt (hamstring), Ward (knee, both unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y27 R1

Form DLLLWW

Leading scorer Ayew 4



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