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Following a relatively rough first four months of the Premier League season, things have gone rather well for Crystal Palace over the last few weeks.

The Eagles hope the good times continue when they look for a third straight victory over all competitions Saturday against Watford at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace (6-4-11) managed just five victories within Premier League and League Cup in the first four months of the season. However, a turnaround of sorts began in mid-December.

A 1-0 victory over Leicester City on Dec. 15 began Palace's current 4-1-1 form over all competitions. The Eagles followed that victory with a stunning 3-2 triumph at Manchester City that turned the Premier League world on its head. Palace's lone loss over the last six matches came 1-0 to Chelsea on Dec. 30, a result that was not too tough to swallow.

The Eagles, though, followed that setback with a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton in the Premier League and a 1-0 FA Cup win over Grimsby Town last weekend. They now sit 14th in the Premier League table and poised to continue their current run of solid form.

"We need to keep improving and that's what we will do, working hard at the training ground and just concentrating on getting points," defender Jordan Ayew told Palace's official website.

For the second time this season, Crystal Palace will try to record three consecutive clean sheets over all competitions. They've yielded only the goal at Chelsea over their last four overall matches.

Palace also will try to avenge a 2-1 loss at Watford on Aug. 26. The Eagles fell behind 2-0 at Vicarage Road before Wilfried Zaha made things interesting with a goal in the 78th minute.

The good news for Palace, is that they've won the last two meetings with Watford at Selhurst Park.

The Hornets (8-5-8), meanwhile, have also fared relatively well over the last month, going 3-2-1 over all competitions, but are 0-2-1 in their last three Premier League games. Both draws came in their most recent top-flight contests, 1-1 versus Newcastle United and 3-3 against Bournemouth before the break, during which they won 2-0 at Woking in FA Cup action last weekend.Watford currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, two points behind seventh-place Leicester.

"We can't look too far ahead but we want to finish in the top 10 this season," defender Craig Cathcart told Watford's official website. "But we have to take every game as it comes - that's what has worked in the first half of the season.

"There are lots of positives to take forward into the second half of the season."

Updated January 10, 2019

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