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Preview: Watford v Crystal Palace

25 December 2016


Following the change in manager late last week the trip to Watford is the first match in charge for new boss Sam Allardyce as he looks to address the disappointing away results of late in the trip to Hertfordshire.

Palace go into their Boxing Day match just outside the bottom three with one win in eleven matches. 

Watford have won four of their last six home games but have lost four of their last five Premier League encounters. 

Last weekend saw them lose to a single goal at Sunderland and have gone seven games without keeping a clean sheet. 

Palace's last game on their travels without conceding goes back to last Boxing Day at AFC Bournemouth. 


Walter Mazzarri:- "When this happens I am not happy because, at the end of the day, managers are colleagues, but this is football and it's only the managers who pay the final price.

"I don't know what the dynamics at Crystal Palace are so I can't judge, but I am not happy about this. I didn't expect it, for sure.

"It's points that count, but when I watched Palace play, they played good football and they have very good players."


Watford: Roberto Pereyra had knee surgery in Spain last week and therefore starts a spell out of the game. 

The Hornets will have had Stefano Okaka and Sebastian Prodl back in training so they could be returning to the squad for this game. 

Crystal Palace:  Sam Allardyce names his first Palace side and has midfielder Mathieu Flamini available now he has recovered from a groin injury.

The Eagles do still have a number out injured including Connor Wickham, James Tomkins and Bakary Sako.


Troy Deeney scored all three of Watford’s competitive goals against Crystal Palace last season.

The Hornets have not won a top-flight league match on Boxing Day since 1986 (v Luton 2-0)

Crystal Palace have won twice in seven previous Premier League matches on Boxing Day – versus Wimbledon in 1992 and Aston Villa in 2013 (D3 L2).

Crystal Palace have played Watford twice before on Boxing Day, winning 2-0 in 1949 but losing by the same score in 1952.



Watford wins 36  Draws  21  Palace wins 43 

FA Cup 

Watford wins 3  Draws 2  Palace wins 2

League Cup

Watford wins 1  Draws 1  Palace wins 1


Watford wins 40  Draws 24  Palace wins 46


Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: J. Collins, S.Bennett
Fourth official: K.Friend


27th September 2015
Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace 
Premier League

A penalty by Yohan Cabaye was enough for Palace to see off Watford as they kept their first clean sheet of the season to clinch victory at Vicarage Road.


In a repeat of the 2013 Championship Play-Off Final, Wilfried Zaha won a penalty once again against the Hornets but this time it was the French midfielder, rather than Kevin Phillips, who dispatched the kick with aplomb to get Palace back to winning ways in the league and move them into the top six of the table.


Tickets for this match have now sold out. 


Coach travel will be available for this match - departing Selhurst Park at 8.45am and is priced at £14 per seat.


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