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Preview: Watford v Crystal Palace

25 September 2015


INTRO
Having seen off local rivals Charlton Athletic in the Capital One Cup in midweek, Palace will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League at Vicarage Road when they take on Watford on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles have narrowly lost their last two outings in the league against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, whereas the Hornets are buzzing after back-to-back wins against Swansea City and Newcastle United.

After exiting the League Cup at the second round stage against Preston North End, Quique Sanchez Flores has had a full eight days to prepare his side for this game.

Watford sit 10th in the table have impressed many onlookers with their form in their new league, conceding just five goals in their opening five games. 


TEAM NEWS

Watford: Valon Behrami sits this game out through suspension after picking up a straight red card in the Swansea victory a fortnight ago, and Joel Ekstrand will miss out with a knee injury.

Adlene Guedioura could face his former club after moving from Palace to Watford on deadline day earlier this month.

Crystal Palace: Damien Delaney limped off after half an hour against Charlton in midweek but Alan Pardew confirmed afterwards that he was withdrawn as a precaution.

Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak are out again although they are improving and could return for the West Bromwich Albion game.

Connor Wickham could feature but Marouane Chamakh remains out long term.


STATS
Odion Ighalo has scored 20 goals in 24 league appearances in 2015; more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football.

Palace have won 15 points in their last seven Premier League away games (W5 L2), two more than they have won in their last 12 PL home games (13 points).

The Hornets have only managed one win (including the 2013 Championship play-off final) against Palace in their last nine league matches (W1 D2 L6).

Yohan Cabaye has made a league-high 29 interceptions in the opening six matchdays of the 2015/16 Premier League season.


OFFICIALS

This game will see Michael Oliver take charge of the two teams - he has overseen five Premier League games this season and issued one red card and 18 yellows. He refereed two Palace games last season - the 2-1 win against Tottenham and the 4-1 win at Sunderland.

Referee: A Taylor
Assistants: J Brooks and L Betts
Fourth Official: K Stroud


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Watford winsDrawsPalace wins
League352142
FA Cup321
League Cup111
Total392444


LAST MEETING AT VICARAGE ROAD

8th February 2013
Watford 2-2 Crystal Palace
Championship

Kevin Phillips came off the bench to rescue a point for Crystal Palace in an entertaining affair against Watford.

Almen Abdi put Watford into an early lead with a well-hit effort from just outside the area before Nathaniel Chalobah headed in the Hornets' second.

But Palace responded after the break as Peter Ramage prodded home following a scramble in the area.

Substitute Phillips then completed the comeback with a neat finish at the back post for his first Palace goal.

Phillips, who is on loan from Blackpool, began his professional career with Watford in 1994 and returned to Vicarage Road to stop Gianfranco Zola's side moving up to second in the Championship.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.


TRAVEL
Coach travel is now full for this match.

For more information on Vicarage Road, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Vicarage Road will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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