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Preview: Watford

8 February 2013


ABOUT:


Watford are the surprise package of the Championship as they sit in fourth place going into this game and in confident mood at Vicarage Road having won four of the last six they have played. The Hornets have taken 52 points from 30 games, the last time they had as many as 52 points after 30 games was in 2007/08, in that season they finished sixth in the Championship and missed out in the play-offs. 


Watford have only done the double over Palace three times since their first league meeting in 1921, and only once in the last 77 seasons (2001/02). Their opening day victory at Selhurst was their first victory in seven league meetings against The Eagles. 


The game sees the two highest scorers in the division meet as the home side have scored 58 goals and Palace 52. 


TEAM NEWS:


Crystal Palace: Skipper Mile Jedinak has a broken nose and cheekbone so is set to miss out on the game but midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty so is likely to return to the squad. Ian Holloway has a number of players missing through injury but does now have the option of recent loan signings Kevin Phillips and Stephen Dobbie coming into contention for a place in the side.  


Watford:  Fitness tests will be carried out on defensive duo Joel Ekstrand and Nyron Nosworthy, but Tommie Hoban is fit to deputise following an Achilles injury. Ekstrand has a sore knee and Nosworthy has been away on international duty in Mexico with Jamaica.
 

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistants: Andy Hendley & Nick Hobbis 
Fourth Official:‭ Carl Berry

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
PalaceDrawnWatford
League422035
FA Cup123
League Cup111
Total442339




TICKETS:
Please note that this is an all-ticket fixture. You will not be able to buy tickets on the day as the match is now SOLD OUT 



Palace to win 2-0          18/1 

The game to finish 2-2  14/1 

KG to be first goalscorer  16/1

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MATCH COMMENTARY:
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