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Pick & share your Watford XI to beat Crystal Palace

 • by Tom Bodell
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Watford host Crystal Palace on Saturday in a game which has taken on increased significance in recent years.

It all started when the Hornets were beaten by the Eagles in the Championship play-off final in 2013. The South Londoners have been on top virtually ever since, winning an FA Cup semi-final in 2015 and coming from behind to take all three points late on in fixture at Selhurst Park earlier this season.

In fact, Watford have only beaten Palace once in their last eight meetings with Wilfried Zaha routinely having joy against the Hornets in recent clashes.

Watford coach Javi Gracia still has a busy treatment room. Gerard Deulofeu (fractured foot), Younès Kaboul (fractured metatarsal) and Tommie Hoban (ACL) are all out while Molla Wagué is ineligible.

Tom Cleverley (hamstring) and Nathaniel Chalobah (fractured kneecap) are back in light training but won’t be in contention at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Watford side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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