Crystal Palace v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 2:12

Odion Ighalo & Troy Deeney: Goals have dried up for Watford

Crystal Palace will have to be wary about an impressive Odion Ighalo first goalscorer stat when they host Watford in their Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Crystal Palace have been boosted by the return of strikers Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham for the game.

Gayle has been sidelined with a persistent hamstring injury, while Wickham has served the last game of a three-match ban, although James McArthur and Jason Puncheon will miss out, owing to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Manager Alan Pardew also expects Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako to return at Tottenham next week, which is when Joe Ledley could also be back, given he is unlikely to be risked on Saturday.

Captain Troy Deeney could be restored to Watford’s starting line-up.

Deeney started on the bench in the Hornets’ defeat at Tottenham amid concerns over his fitness, but manager Quique Sanchez Flores revealed both he and Valon Behrami, also a substitute at White Hart Lane, are in contention to start.

Defender Miguel Britos is a doubt after sustaining an injury against Spurs while Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) remain sidelined.

Opta stats

  • Crystal Palace have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 meetings with Watford in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have scored the opening goal of the game from a penalty in three of the last four meetings between the two sides.
  • Referee Rob Madley has awarded a league-high 10 penalties in the 17 Premier League matches that he has taken charge of in 2015-16.
  • Watford (7) and Crystal Palace (9) have conceded the fewest goals in the first half of Premier League games this season.
  • The Hornets have caught their opponents offside the most in the Premier League this season (84), while Palace have caught their opponents offside a league-low 30 times.
  • Watford have allowed their opponents to make a league-high 480 crosses from open play this season, while they have attempted the 19th fewest themselves (300).
  • Only Southampton (454) have fired in more crosses from open play than Crystal Palace (436) this season in the Premier League.
  • Palace have scored a league-high eight goals from defenders this season, but have the lowest tally of goals from strikers (1).
  • Only Jamie Vardy (8) has scored the opening goal of a Premier League game more often than Odion Ighalo (6) this season.
  • Wilfried Zaha is the only player to be booked more than once for simulation in the Premier League this season (2).


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