Vicarage Road, Saturday 3.00pm
Crystal Palace midfielder Nick Carle is suspended for this match after his red card against Birmingham City in midweek.
Watford keeper Mart Poom sits the match out with a shoulder problem, while Gareth Williams has a knee injury.
"They are flying at the minute and are probably the bookies favourite for the match. We have to compete with them and have to play better than we did last month. We deserved to lose that game."
"We have got Crystal Palace in our next home game where we have been brilliant at home with the supporters and then Plymouth in the week.
"So in the next couple of weeks we have great possibilities and from being in the bottom three we could be flying upwards and that was always the aim.
"The crowd [at Vicarage Road] have responded fantastically well, the staff have been great so the project between now and the end of the season is to keep moving up."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24/01/2009||FA Cup||Watford||4 - 3||Crystal Palace|
|09/08/2008||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 0||Watford|
|19/04/2008||League||Watford||0 - 2||Crystal Palace|
|05/01/2008||FA Cup||Watford||2 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|29/10/2007||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 2||Watford|
Tommy Smith - 13 goals
Tamas Priskin - 5 1
The former Eagles winger was instrumental in Watford's FA Cup victory over Palace last month and will be keen to impress against his old side again.
G K Hegley
Watford 1-1 Palace
Monday December 26 2016
Watford: Gomes, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Behrami (Deeney, 14), Guedioura, Janmaat (Zuniga, 4 (Sinclair, 85)), Holebas, Ighalo, Amrabat, Capoue
Subs not used: Doucoure, Cathcart, Kabasele, Pantilimon
Goals: Deeney (pen 71)
Bookings: Britos, Holebas
Palace: Hennessey, Delaney, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Puncheon, Townsend (Mutch, 74), Cabaye, Zaha, Flamini (Campbell, 81), Benteke
Subs not used: Fryers, Husin, Lee, Wan-Bissaka, Speroni
Goals: Cabaye (26)
Bookings: Delaney, Puncheon, Zaha, Benteke
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