Crystal Palace will host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
Palace visited Old Trafford last week in the league in what was a daunting game for them. Roy Hodgson set his side up conservatively and benched the likes of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend. The approach paid off, as Jordan Ayew gave them the lead in the first half. Daniel James equalised for Manchester United, but Patrick van Aanholt scored a late winner to hand all three points to Palace.
It was a result which many people did not see coming. Palace got their first win of the season in the process which lifted them to 10th in the table. They had picked up just one point in the two games before that. Their first game ended in a goalless draw with Everton, and they lost to Sheffield United in the second game. That defeat was a fresh wound which gave the players the motivation to get the result at Old Trafford. Palace hosted Colchester United on Tuesday in the EFL Cup. The game went to penalties, and Colchester won 5-4 in the shootout to knock out Palace of the tournament.
In terms of team news, Palace have few concerns ahead of the game against Villa. The two defenders James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho will continue to be sidelined. Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill should start in their place, and the pair performed well at Old Trafford. Benteke and Townsend should return to the lineup as well.
After two defeats to start the season, Aston Villa are back on track. They lost to Spurs in their first game and then Bournemouth in their second. Villa hosted Everton last week, and a goal from new signing Wesley Moraes set them on their way to the win. Anwar El Ghazi made it 2-0 late on and sealed the game for Villa. The home fans witnessed a Premier League win after a long time, and the atmosphere was raucous.
Villa travelled to face Crewe in their EFL Cup tie on Tuesday and claimed a 6-1 win. Dean Smith rested many of his key players, and their understudies did not disappoint. Conor Hourihane scored a brace for Villa. New signing Matt Targett also played, but he suffered a hamstring injury which will rule him out of Saturday’s game.
Aside from Targett, Jonathan Kodja and James Chester are the players who are doubts heading into the game. Smith has a clean bill of health apart from these, and he should deploy the same side which got the win against Everton. The last meeting between Palace and Villa came in 2016 when Villa won 1-0.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
The game will be close this time as well, as neither side will give away much defensively. The total goals should be less than 2.5 in the game as Palace are very strong defensively at Selhurst Park. A tight win for the home side looks like a safe bet to make on Saturday.