New ​Watford boss Nigel Pearson will be looking on with eager eyes as the ex-Leicester man's new side take on ​Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in the ​Premier League.


Under-23 coach Hayden Mullins will take charge of proceedings against the Eagles as the hosts attempt to revitalise what has been nothing less than an atrocious start to the season, particularly on home soil.


Can they bounce back after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores? Or will it be the same old, same old for Hornets fans?


Here's a look at the key facts and stats, courtesy of Opta.


Quadruple Success?

Tom Cleverley,Gerard Deulofeu,Jose Holebas,Abdoulaye Doucoure

Watford won all three of their meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions last season, each and every one by a 2-1 scoreline.


The Hornets will be looking to win four consecutive matches against Crystal Palace for the first time in their history.


Stung at the Hornet's Nest

Jose Holebas

​Watford are winless in their seven Premier League games at Vicarage Road this season (D3 L4). 


Only eight sides have ever failed to win any of their opening eight home games in a Premier League season (most recently ​Aston Villa in 2015/16), with only one of those eight sides surviving relegation at the end of the campaign (​Middlesbrough in 2000/01).


Goal Drought

Troy Deeney

Watford are one of only two sides in the top four tiers of English league football yet to reach double figures for goals (nine) this season, along with League One’s ​Bolton Wanderers (also nine).


​Crystal Palace are the second worst side in the Premier League this season on the goalscoring front as they have netted a mere 14. This seems rather good though when you compare it to their opponent's tally.


Super Schlupp

Jeffrey Schlupp

Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career, with both these appearances coming as a substitute.


His previous two goals for the club in the competition had come across a 27-game spell.


Soaring Eagles​

Jeffrey Schlupp,Wilfried Zaha,Luka Milivojevic

The real Londoners (Watford are not in London, it doesn't matter if they have a tube station) have won nine of their 16 away league games in 2019 (56%).


Only in 2015 (61%  - 11/18) have they ever had a higher win rate away from home in a calendar year in their league history.


They did however lose three away games on the bounce in November, against ​Leicester City​Chelsea and ​Liverpool.


Can We Play You Every Week?

Roy Hodgson

Palace have lost just one of their last eight away league games against Watford (W3 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season in which they were defeated 2-1.


They’ve not lost back-to-back away league games against the Hornets since October 1961.


Confirmed Lineups

Watford: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Sarr, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney


Crystal Palace: Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Schlupp; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Ayew