Premier League

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

Jamie Spencer
Watford & Crystal Palace will meet in the Premier League for the first time this season
Watford & Crystal Palace will meet in the Premier League for the first time this season / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Watford and Crystal Palace will finally play their rearranged Premier League fixture this week, having originally seen it postponed before Christmas due to Covid-19 concerns.

The game sees veteran Watford manager Roy Hodgson reunited with his former club, who have continued to more than hold their own as a Premier League side under new boss Patrick Vieira.

The Hornets come into this one still in the relegation zone but off the back of a confidence-boosting away win over Aston Villa a few days ago. Palace, meanwhile, are yet to win a Premier League game this calendar year after drawing three and losing three so far in 2022.

This is a first meeting between these two in the Premier League this season, but it was Watford who emerged victorious when they were paired in the Carabao Cup second round back in August.

This is everything you need to know about this week's game...

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

When is kick off? Wednesday 23 February, 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Vicarage Road
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Special (UK), Peacock Premium (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube
Referee? Andre Marriner
VAR? Mike Dean

Watford team news

Joao Pedro and Juraj Kucka will undergo late fitness tests 24 hours before kick-off after both missed the weekend win over Aston Villa, but Hodgson has no new injury concerns.

Peter Etebo made his return to action with the Hornets' Under-23 side on Monday afternoon, while Nicolas Nkoulou is also working his way back to fitness.

Crystal Palace team news

Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is expected to return after being forced off against Chelsea on Saturday. Conor Gallagher should also return to the starting lineup, having been ineligible to face his parent club, but Joel Ward remains sidelined.

Nathan Ferguson is nursing a hamstring problem and will be out until late March.

Watford vs Crystal Palace score prediction

Recent Crystal Palace games haven't produced a lot of goals - just one scored and two conceded across their last three Premier League games. But it is worth noting that the Eagles, despite a lack of wins in 2022, travel reasonably well and are also unbeaten away from home this year.

Watford are completely unpredictable, capable of the sublime and the awful in equal measure. But they have at least been more sturdy since Hodgson took over from Claudio Ranieri last month.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

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