Tuesday 22 August 2017

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri wary of much-improved Crystal Palace

Walter Mazzarri is aware of Crystal Palace's improvement
Walter Mazzarri is aware of Crystal Palace's improvement

Head coach Walter Mazzarri says his Watford team will need to be right both physically and mentally when they face an improving Crystal Palace side.

The Eagles have won their last two matches without conceding a goal to climb out of the relegation zone and breathe new life into their Premier League survival bid.

Mazzarri believes Palace's position in the table is false and he expects them to be a threat to Watford at the weekend.

"Palace are one of those teams that, when you look at their squad, nobody thought when we started they would have fought relegation," said Mazzarri at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

"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.

"They are on a good run, are in good form and are in good condition. 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. We have to go there and give everything in order to come out with a positive outcome.

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

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue may miss the trip to Selhurst Park through illness.

Capoue, who has started every Premier League game for the Hornets so far this season, missed training on Wednesday and Thursday.

Right-back Janmaat (groin) and midfielder Nordin Amrabat (ankle) should be back in contention - Amrabat for the first time since New Year's Day - but Christian Kabasele and Ben Watson are not fit.

"Capoue has had a fever for two days and hasn't been training so we will check tomorrow," said Mazzarri. " Only Christian Kabasele, Ben Watson, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate are not training so if nothing else happens, we should have the rest available."

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