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Michael Kightly is set to make his Watford debut.

The winger arrived on a month-long loan from Wolves earlier this week and will go straight into the frame to face the Eagles.

Manager Sean Dyche has virtually a fully-fit squad for the encounter and boasts plenty of options as he looks to secure what would be only a second home victory this season.

Left-back Carl Dickinson missed the club's 4-0 defeat at Southampton last time out due to illness but has now fully recovered following the two-week international break.

David Mirfin replaced Dickinson to make his league debut at St Mary's, Watford's only change from their 2-1 victory over Millwall.

Defender Lee Hodson (knee) is fit once again and will battle it out to make the Hornets matchday 16, but midfielder Stephen McGinn (knee) continues to miss out and is the only absentee.

Crystal Palace could welcome back Nathaniel Clyne, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Owen Garvan for the game.

Full-back Clyne has been out all season with a foot injury, Dikgacoi suffered a hamstring problem in mid-August and fellow midfielder Garvan twisted his knee six weeks ago.

But all three resumed training this week to give boss Dougie Freedman some welcome selection dilemmas.

Clyne is slightly ahead of his two team-mates fitness-wise and could go straight back into the starting line-up in place of midfielder Jonathan Parr, who deputised at right-back in the 2-2 draw with West Ham last time out.

Left-back Lee Hills (knee) is a long-term absentee and youngster Jake Caprice picked up a knock playing for the reserves this week.

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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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