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Pre-Match Round-up: Palace v Watford

12 January 2019

It's matchday morning and, whatever you're doing to prepare for Palace's home game against Watford this afternoon, make sure to read over today's pre-match round-up, where you'll find every article, video, interview and news bite Crystal Palace.

As ever, the perfect pre-match read to kick-start your matchday routine comes from the Palace Preview, which looks ahead to today's game and delves into more detail on both Palace and Watford's recent form, tactical play and team news. Check it out here. And, if you're looking for matchday information, everything you need to know is here.

Another preview for the battle with Watford today came from Eagles manager Roy Hodgson, who delivered his pre-match press conference yesterday. 

In it, he spoke about the recovery and potential return of frontman Christian Benteke as well as giving his thoughts on the match today in some depth. 

To watch what Hodgson had to say in full, just click here.

Elsewhere, as with every week, the Palace squad have been working hard in training to be ready for the Hornets' visit today. You can watch how they got on in the video below.

Some great pictures have been caught from this week's training too. To check them out, click here for our stunning gallery.

And if you're looking for more to watch, what better can you manage than throwing yourself into the past to re-live two of Palace's stand-out encounters with Watford from the past few years? 

Watch the Eagles' late point-snatching win from last season in the video below now.

Or, if you're looking for something even more memorable, we don't need to tell what day this one comes from.

The last read this matchday comes from Andros Townsend, who spoke with Premier League Productions earlier in the week. Here, he discusses his relationship with Hodgson, today's opposition and, something everyone can relate to, fantasy football. To watch his full interview, head over to Palace TV.

And now it's time for the weekly Official Palace Pod, which for the match today includes an uncut interview with Palace legend Danny Butterfield, as well as the full interview from Townsend, Hodgson's pre-match press conference and, of course, Statman with his usual array of unremarkable quips and facts. If you're looking for everything Palace in one listen, this is the place to go.


It's been a busy week for the club, and a lot of players have been involved in recalled or freshly started loans.

First up was Alexander Sørloth, who joined KAA Gent on loan until the end of the season. The next day, Levi Lumeka made his way back to south London as he was recalled from Leyton Orient.

Making it a hat-trick on the loan front this week was Nya Kirby, who joins Blackpool until the end of the season in a bid for regular first-team football.

It's also been a busy time for the for the Palace Ladies team this week, who not only signed shot-stopper Lucy Gillett from Brighton, but Meghan McKeag too, formerly of Arsenal, Millwall and Chelsea.

Away from the transfer window, there's been both good and bad news for the Eagles. First of all, it has been confirmed that Pape Souare dislocated his shoulder playing against Grimsby Town and may be out for two to three months.

However, on the positive side of things, Starman Townsend was awarded Premier League Goal of the Month for his stunning effort against Manchester City in December.

Finally, the Eagles have been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, and you can find match details and buy tickets here.

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