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Drinkwater: Set for debut

Drinkwater: Set for debut

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Watford could hand a debut to Danny Drinkwater against Crystal Palace.

The Manchester United midfielder signed on loan last week after a similar spell at Cardiff and could feature after missing the FA Cup defeat to Brighton at the weekend.

Drinkwater was cup-tied but can play along with Tottenham winger Andros Townsend - who also missed out against the League One side.

Captain John Eustace could start after returning from a calf injury sustained against Portsmouth on New Year's Day.

Midfielder Ross Jenkins had a tight hamstring and failed a late fitness test at the weekend so is doubtful, while Scottish winger Don Cowie is still out with a thigh strain.

Palace manager Dougie Freedman has no new injury worries for the trip to Hertfordshire.

Defender Lee Hills remains the only absentee with a long-term knee injury.

Freedman is hoping to tie up the signing of Derby defender Dean Moxey but he will not be available as he is still suspended following his sending-off against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Teenager Matthew Parsons impressed at left-back on his full debut in Saturday's goalless draw against Norwich and looks set to keep his place.

Freedman could name an unchanged starting line-up, although January signings Steffen Iversen and Jermaine Easter are pushing to be involved.

The Eagles are still in the drop zone despite their battling point at the weekend.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Charlton 10 4 18
7 Wolves 10 3 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 10 0 15
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Leeds 10 -2 14
13 Brentford 10 -3 14
14 Cardiff 10 0 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Huddersfld 10 -8 11
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
20 Birmingham 10 -6 10
21 Wigan 10 -2 9
22 Fulham 10 -8 7
23 Bolton 10 -12 5
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

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