Watford vs Crystal Palace
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick off: 3PM
Watford boss Javi Gracia is hoping for more luck for his side after a run of five games without a win.
The Hornets were beaten by an injury-time Tom Ince goal at Huddersfield last weekend, the second time in three games they have dropped points in the 90th minute, while they lost from a goal up against Burnley in the other.
“In the last five games football has been cruel to us,” Gracia said. “We have had many positives from those matches.
“We made mistakes but we have had good performances and in this moment we are confident we will be able to get a better result from the next game and we are working with that mentality.
“We need to win the next game because my players need that reward.”
His plans have been hampered by a number of players missing training as a result of a stomach bug, but named only Sebastian Prodl and Gerard Deulofeu among those absent.
Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes a six-point gap to the bottom three is no reason for the club to celebrate ahead of their visit to Vicarage Road.
The Eagles have picked up seven points from their last four games, beating Brighton on Saturday and only missing out on three points against Bournemouth the previous week thanks to a last-minute Josh King goal.
However, Hodgson knows better than most he cannot afford to take their position for granted, having mounted a great escape of his own with Fulham back in 2008.
“At Fulham we were so far divorced and won four of the last five. If Fulham can do that, why can’t the other teams at the bottom? It’s very foolish to start speculating in that way, ‘All we need is…’,” he said.
“Basically, all we need is four more good performances like the last few we’ve given, even in the defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool.
“The experienced or rookie manager suffers the same anxiety, stress, fears and worries that it might not go his and the club’s way. I’m not sure the experience helps a great deal in that respect.”
Watford possible XI: Karnezis, Kiko, Proedl, Cathcart, Mariappa, Doucoure, Capoue,
Richarlison, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney.
Crystal Palace possible XI: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha.