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Any hopes of a miraculous survival bid for Watford faded in the space of just three minutes last weekend, when the Hornets collapsed late on at home to relegation rivals Burnley.
Leading from the eighth minute until the 83rd, Hodgson’s side then conceded a quickfire double to all but condemn them to relegation from the Premier League for a fourth time.
Mathematically, that has not been confirmed yet, with Watford 12 points from safety with 12 points still up for grabs, but anything other than a win for them this weekend would rubber-stamp it, as would any points for Burnley and Leeds United regardless of what Watford do.
While that late defeat to Burnley was the final nail in Watford’s coffin, the real damage had been done long before then, and a run of five consecutive defeats since the beginning of April has seen them go down with a whimper in the end.
The decision to appoint Roy Hodgson in January has not paid dividends, with the former England boss winning just two of his 14 matches in charge and taking eight points from a possible 42 – the lowest points-per-game tally of his long and distinguished career.
Tyrick Mitchell will be hopeful of a recall at left-back for Palace in this one, having returned to the bench last time out.
Vieira also left Wilfried Zaha out of his starting lineup for that match, but the Ivorian came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner and he is expected to returning to the XI this weekend.
Zaha scored twice in the reverse fixture, while the winner last weekend means that this is now his best goalscoring season in the Premier League with 12.
Palace have plenty of other options elsewhere too, with Christian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard and Cheikhou Kouyate among those pushing for a recall, but Vieira is unlikely to tinker too much with a winning formula.
Luka Milivojevic should be available after a slight injury, although is unlikely to start, while Nathan Ferguson remains sidelined.
Watford will assess Tom Cleverley and Craig Cathcart ahead of the match, with both players having now returned to training after missing the defeat to Burnley last time out.
Saturday’s match will come too soon for Cucho Hernandez, though, while Nicolas Nkoulou, Kwadwo Baah and Francisco Sierralta are also expected to miss out.
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With relegation now all but confirmed, Hodgson could look to set the foundations for next season in the remaining matches, meaning appearances from youngsters or fringe players could become more common.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, McArthur, Schlupp; Eze, Mateta, Zaha
Watford possible starting lineup:
Foster; Ngakia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara; Sissoko, Louza, Cleverley; Sarr, Pedro, Dennis