Watford vs Crystal Palace: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Crystal Palace celebrate
Crystal Palace celebrate / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Watford and Crystal Palace lock horns in the Premier League on Saturday as Claudio Ranieri goes in search of a much-needed victory to haul his side up the table.

Watford were forced to postpone their midweek clash against Burnley after a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad, leaving the Hornets just two points above the relegation zone.

Palace, meanwhile, were held at home by Southampton in a back-and-forth 2-2 draw, with Patrick Vieira's side beginning to rebuild their confidence after ending a run of three straight defeats with victory over Everton.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

How to watch Watford vs Crystal Palace on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 18 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Vicarage Road
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), Peacock (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel (UK)
Referee? Peter Bankes
VAR? Mike Dean

Watford team news

Ismaila Sarr, David De Gea
Sarr is unlikely to feature for Watford / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Alongside Covid-19 issues, Hornets boss Ranieri has a string of injuries to contend with. Star attacker Ismaila Sarr is wrestling with a knee injury which is likely to keep him out until next year, while Christian Kabasele will miss out.

Peter Etebo and goalkeeper Ben Foster also won't return to the team before January, although Francisco Sierralta and Adam Masina are close to returning.

You can read Watford's predicted lineup here.

Crystal Palace team news

Joachim Andersen
Andersen has been sidelined with a hamstring injury / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Joachim Andersen is making good progress in his return from a hamstring injury which has sidelined him for the last month, making an appearance from the bench in the draw with Southampton.

Vieira will again be without midfielder James McArthur, although there is hope that the Scot could return in the next few weeks.

You can read Palace's predicted lineup here.

Watford vs Crystal Palace head-to-head record

Wilfried Zaha
Palace and Watford met in pre-season / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Palace have failed to win on their previous six visits to Vicarage Road, tasting defeat on three separate occasions.

The Eagles do, however, hold the upper hand in the overall head-to-head stretching back to their meeting in the Championship in 2010/11, winning ten times to Watford's six victories.

Watford vs Crystal Palace score prediction

Crystal Palace v Everton - Premier League
Gallagher has been the standout for Palace this season / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

The Hornets are in a perilous position in the lower reaches of the Premier League, but they will view this weekend as an opportunity after previous home games against Manchester Utd, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Palace are likely to dominate possession and have the attacking firepower capable of hurting Watford, but they will need to keep the back door closed against a Hornets side that is dangerous on the counter-attack.

Prediction: Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace