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Walter Mazzarri updates on the Watford squad ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace

Team News | Crystal Palace

By Kevin Affleck

  
    

Etienne Capoue will have to prove he has shaken off the effects of illness before he can be named in the Watford XI for the 28th successive league match.

"Capoue has had a fever for two days and hasn't been training so we will check tomorrow," said Head Coach Walter Mazzarri, who has no fresh injury doubts, meaning Daryl Janmaat and Nordin Amrabat are back in contention.

"Only Christian Kabasele, Ben Watson, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate are not training so if nothing else happens, we should have the rest available."

The squad have been given minimal time off during the two-week gap between games, enabling Mazzarri to "improve some of the small details".

"These 14 days can only be a benefit for us - I've had the whole group to work with ahead of the last 11 games." 

An awkward-looking trip to Selhurst Park, to face a rejuvenated Crystal Palace, is next up on Saturday and Mazzarri says his team will need to roll their sleeves up.  

"We have to go there and give everything in order to come out with a positive outcome," he said.

"They are on a good run, are in good form and are in good condition. The game will be decided by individuals. In order to have a positive outcome my players have to come to the pitch with their legs and their heads in perfect condition.

"From now, all games will be extremely difficult and different form the first half of the season. They will all be battles, they will all be finals."

Daryl Janmaat is back in the squad ahead of Crystal Palace

Watford and Palace couldn't be separated the last time they met, Troy Deeney's second-half penalty cancelling out Yohan Cabaye's first-half opener.

The Eagles have recently started to show signs of improvement under Sam Allardyce, winning their last two games to breathe new life into their bid to avoid relegation. 

"Palace are one of those teams that, when you look at their squad, nobody thought when we started that it would have fought relegation," said Mazzarri.

"We will play them in their best moment as they come from two positive results. They've got an important fan base so it won't be easy. We go to the pitch knowing we cannot commit any mistakes."

    
  

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