• Watford lost two of their three meetings against Crystal Palace last season, including a 0-1 defeat at Vicarage Road in the league.
  • Palace have played Watford twice before on Boxing Day in their history, winning 2-0 in 1949 but losing by the same scoreline in 1952.
  • Crystal Palace have won twice in seven previous Premier League games on Boxing Day - versus Wimbledon in 1992 and Aston Villa in 2013 (D3 L2).
  • The Hornets haven't won a top-flight league game on Boxing Day since 1986, where they beat rivals Luton Town 2-0.
  • Troy Deeney scored all three of Watford's competitive goals against Crystal Palace last season.
  • Deeney is currently on a run of 10 appearances without a goal for Watford. He hasn't gone 11 successive apps without a goal (in all comps) for the Hornets since October 2011.
  • Crystal Palace have won only six league games in 2016 - this is their joint-lowest tally of league wins in a single calendar year (in the Football League system), level with 1962 and 1973.
  • The Eagles have the lowest points per game average of any Premier League or Football League side in 2016 (0.72).
  • Alan Pardew has overseen 22 defeats in the Premier League in 2016. Only three managers have suffered 23+ in a single year: Ian Branfoot (25 defeats in 1993), Owen Coyle (25 defeats in 2011) and John Lyall (23 defeats in 1994).