Boxing Day’s early fixture see’s Sam Allardyce take charge of Crystal Palace for the first time away at Watford.
Watford were edged out by Sunderland last time out to extend their indifferent recent run.
Patrick van Aanholt scored the only goal as Sunderland moved closer to safety with a vital win.
Alan Pardew was dismissed as manager of Palace following their 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea, ensuring they finished with the worst record of any Football League side in 2016.
Allardyce was confirmed as the clubs new manager on the 23rd and the former England man will be in charge here.
Premier League form: Watford W1 D0 L4; Crystal Palace W1 D1 L3
Premier League top scorers
Watford – Etienne Capoue 5 goals
Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke 8 goals
The away side won both meetings last year, with Palace edging to a 1-0 success at Vicrage Road.
Palace also beat Watford in the semi-final of the FA Cup, with Yannick Bolasie opening the scoring.
Last five league meetings (Championship unless stated)
Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2 (Premier League) – 13/02/16
Watford 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Premier League) – 27/09/15
Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0 – 27/05/13
Watford 2 Crystal Palace 2 – 08/02/13
Crystal Palace 2 Watford 3 – 18/08/12
Sebastian Prodl was injured in the defeat to Sunderland and is unlikely to feature here, with Younes Kaboul taking his spot.
Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have struggled for goals this season, but both are likely to start.
Allardyce’s first Palace side is set to include Yohan Cabaye, who has disappointed this term.
Connor Wickham is a long term absentee, whilst Loic Remy is unlikely to be involved as he continues his recovery.
Expected starting XI’s
Watford (4-4-2): Gomes; Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue, Zuniga; Deeney, Ighalo
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward; McArthur, Cabaye, Ledley; Puncheon, Benteke, Zaha
Result: Draw (23/10 with Stan James)
Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with Bet Victor)
Anytime Goalscorer: Troy Deeney (2/1 with Stan James)