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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Watford

12 December 2017

Just three days after extending their unbeaten run to five games against Bournemouth, Palace return to Selhurst Park to entertain Watford, looking to continue an impressive run of scoring in each of their last 14 encounters with the Hornets, which includes two famous Wembley wins and all four previous top-flight meetings.

Despite missing out on a point on Saturday thanks to Christian Benteke's last-gasp penalty miss, the Eagles haven't lost at home since September - Roy Hodgson's first game in charge against Southampton.

Hornets impressive on the road


Watford have been one of the surprise packages of the season, with Marco Silva continuing to show his credentials in England after nearly keeping Hull City in the division last term. Some fine summer recruitment has propelled the Hornets from relegation candidates to the top-half of the table, claiming impressive results against Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on their way.

Saturday saw them head to another side enjoying a superb start in Burnley, where they came unstuck thanks to a Scott Arfield goal. Before then, they had been dangerous on their travels having scored at least twice in each of their previous eight Premier League away games - indeed, in their entire Football League history, only once have Watford ever had a longer such run of scoring multiple goals in consecutive away games

That’s has seen them claim more points on the road already this campaign than they managed in the whole of last season as they continue to turn heads in the division.

View From The Opposition

Marco Silva

Marco Silva: “It will be a tough match. They have improved since Hodgson arrived, the quality of the football as well. The quality they have in the squad didn’t reflect in the table. This is clear. They stay last in the table but quality in the squad didn’t reflect how they can play in the attack line.

“They have big quality in the attack line and in Milivojević they have one player who I know very well [from our time at Olympiakos]. In one moment they can solve the solution. But we go there to compete, to take a good result. It’s one more challenge for us.”

Team News

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho faces a spell on the sidelines after damaging his calf in the draw against Bournemouth, while Joel Ward is doubtful for this one having missed the game against the Cherries with a groin complaint.

Connor Wickham is the only other casualty for the Eagles, however Luka Milivojevic, Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon are all one booking away from a one-match suspension.

Watford have a number of players sidelined at the moment, including Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart (knee), Younes Kaboul and Will Hughes (hamstring) and Stefano Okaka (calf).

However, Silva should be able to call upon Miguel Britos and Kiko Femina who both missed Saturday's game against Burnley, but Marvin Zeegelaar is suspended after picking up a red card in that game.

Matchday Officials

Lee Mason

Lee Mason takes charge of his first Palace game on the campaign this evening, in what is his first appearance since August 2015 when Palace lost to Arsenal. The Eagles have won half of the 16 matches he has overseen.

Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Refs: Ian Hussin and Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Matchday Stats

Troy Deeney

Palace have won four of their last six home league games against Watford, and have scored exactly once in each of their four Premier League meetings with the Hornets.

Watford have lost each of their last four Premier League away games in London and have conceded exactly four goals in the last three of these.

The Hornets have already won more points (13) and scored the same number of goals (15) this season in their eight away games than they did in the entire 2016/17 season.

All 10 of Crystal Palace's Premier League goals this season have come at Selhurst Park.

Watford have been given seven red cards in the Premier League since the start of 2016/17; no club have had more .

Troy Deeney has scored the winning goal in both of the Premier League meetings between these sides at Selhurst Park - netting both goals for Watford in a 2-1 win in February 2016, before netting an own goal to hand the Eagles victory last season. 


  Palace wins Draws Watford wins
League 44 22 36
FA Cup 2 2 3
League Cup 1 1 1
Play-offs 1 1 1
Total 48 26 41

Ticket Information

Tickets are on general sale for this game, with supporters hwo have 20+ loyalty points able to purchase up to four per person.

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Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV.

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