Crystal Palace will be looking to move up the Premier League standings when they face off against Watford on Saturday at Selhurst Park.
The Hornets are currently above the Eagles on the table, however, Roy Hodgson’s side can back themselves as their recent form has been better than that of their opponents.
Palace have managed to win three of their past five Premier League games while Watford have not recorded a victory in any of their previous three games.
One area of concern for Hodgson’s men is their inability to find goals on a regular basis. Star man Wilfried Zaha has blown hot and cold this season while Andros Townsend is unpredictable but nevertheless capable of churning out stunning goals.
Eagles defender Pape Souare is set to be out of action for the next two months after suffering a shoulder injury during his side’s FA Cup game against Grimsby last Saturday, according to Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old Palace defender has since had to undergo surgery.
Meanwhile in better news for Hodgson’s troops, Christian Benteke has returned to training after suffering a knee injury early on this season. The Belgian international is still working towards full fitness.
The last time that the two teams met was back in August and the Hornets won through goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas. Zaha scored a consolation for the Eagles.
Palace have managed to beat Watford at Selhurst Park during the past two consecutive seasons. The last game between the two sides at Palace’s home ground was won 2-1 by Hodgson’s side – the hosts will hope for a similar outcome this time around.