Fulham welcome Watford to Craven Cottage on the back of a spirited 2-2 draw at champions Chelsea on Saturday.
Chris Coleman’s side have now drawn their past three games but will be hopeful of improving on this against a Watford team that are rooted to the foot of the Premiership table.
While Fulham were delivering Manchester United a late Christmas present in the title race, Watford were trudging off against Wigan with the game abandoned at 1-1 due to torrential downpours at Vicarage Road.
In a congested festive period any respite is welcome and Watford will at least be fresh for their trip to West London, although Hameur Bouazza (shoulder), Marlon King (knee) and Clarke Carlisle (thigh) all continue to occupy the treatment room.
It is expected that Adrian Boothroyd will name an unchanged side, meaning Tamis Priskin (who scored Watford’s goal against Wigan on his first Premiership start) will be given another opportunity to impress.
Fulham on home soil are notoriously difficult to beat and having picked up seven points from a past nine, Coleman will be demanding another maximum haul.
At Stamford Bridge Fulham were full value for a point and it seems likely Coleman will keep faith in those that helped eke out an unexpected but welcome point.
Collins John will continue alongside Brian McBride, with club captain Luis Boa Morte also pushing for a start after coming off the bench to good effect at Stamford Bridge.
Watford are well aware that they must start to pick up points if they are to have any chance of survival but a trip to West London may see them struggle to yield what they so crave.