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After 270 minutes of top-flight football failed to produce a goal for Watford under Hodgson, none other than top scorer Emmanuel Dennis snapped the Hornets’ goalless streak to hand them all three points at Aston Villa.
The Nigerian attacker’s bullet header from Ismaila Sarr‘s cross settled the contest in Watford’s favour in the 78th minute, with Watford once again producing some stellar defensive work under Hodgson – who now prepares for a swift reunion with Palace – to pick up a potentially priceless three points.
Watford remain firmly embroiled in the relegation dogfight, though, as Hodgson’s side remain in the bottom three in 18th and are four points adrift of Newcastle United, so they cannot clamber their way to safety no matter what transpires this week.
However, an away victory and clean sheet could just be the catalyst for change after their 12-game winless run came to a welcome end at Villa Park, but not since the 4-1 thumping of Manchester United in November have Watford won on their own turf.
Indeed, the Hornets have lost each of their last six at Vicarage Road and have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three, as a measly tally of seven points unsurprisingly represents the worst home record in the Premier League this term.
Watford duo Joao Pedro and Juraj Kucka will face late fitness tests after knocks ruled them out of the win over Villa, and the Hornets continue to make do without defender Nicolas Nkoulou due to his thigh problem.
Dennis and Samir were both casualties from the weekend, and while the former is only thought to be nursing a minor knock, Samir’s head injury will need assessing.
Christian Kabasele and William Troost-Ekong will be ready to deputise if Samir is indeed ruled out, but Hodgson would ideally like to name an unchanged XI this week.
As for the visitors, Vieira was forced into a goalkeeping change against Chelsea as Jack Butland replaced Vicente Guaita at half time, with the Spaniard going off due to a knee complaint.
Conor Gallagher will make a welcome return to the fold after being unable to face his parent club, but Palace are unlikely to welcome Nathan Ferguson back to the fold before the start of April.
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Joel Ward was absent against Chelsea due to a knock, so Nathaniel Clyne could keep his place at right-back as Eberechi Eze rejoins the attack in place of Jordan Ayew.
Watford possible starting lineup:
Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Cleverley; Sarr, King, Dennis
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Butland; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Eze, Mateta, Zaha