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Premier League: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 12 January @19:45 GMT

Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 2-1 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace 0-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 0-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 1-0 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace 0-1 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace prediction

Situation at Villa Park is alarming ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace. The Villans are desperate to record a win that should help them boost their Premier League survival hopes, but Tuesday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for the relegation-threatened team.

Only a win counts for Villa

Aston Villa are heading for the Championship. The Villans have recorded no more than one win in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign so far and, as a result, they sit in last position in the standings ahead of Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace. New coach Remi Garde has yet to register a victory with the Villa Park outfit and it has to be noted that his men suffered a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland in their last league fixture. Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers in Saturday’s FA Cup game and it has to be noted that the team recorded their last win back in 22 September, when they defeated their local rivals Birmingham City in the League Cup clash. Jordan Ayew was rested against Wycombe, but the former Lorient attacker, who has been in a fine form of late, is widely expected to lead the attack for the hosts against Crystal Palace.

Jordan Ayew and Ashley Westwood return to the squad after missing the Sunderland game through suspension. Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi have yet to overcome their respective injuries, but midfielder Carlos Sanchez could return.

Morale-boosting win in FA Cup 

Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw with Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day, with the team failing to score against Swansea City in their final game of the year as well (0-0). To make things even worse for the fans, the Eagles were outclassed by Chelsea (0-3) in their first match in 2016 and, no doubt, Alan Pardew’s men are eager to put an end to the negative trend. Crystal Palace gave fans something to cheer about at the weekend as they eliminated Southampton in the FA Cup round of 64, with Wilfried Zaha scoring the winner for the Selhurst Park outfit (2-1). The team’s key player Yannick Bolasie has yet to overcome his injury and in his absence Wilfried Zaha will be the man to watch in the away team. Alan Pardew’s team have been producing fine performances on the travels this season and you should bear in mind that they are on a five-game unbeaten run on the road.

Yannick Bolasie remains in the recovery room, but fellow midfielder Yohan Cabaye returns from suspension and he should be recalled to the starting XI.

Quick Facts

  • Aston Villa are on a 16-game winless run
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in six of Aston Villa’s last seven games
  • Villans are eyeing their first home win of the season in EPL
  • Crystal Palace suffered only one loss in last six away matches
  • Eagles scored their last goal in the league on 19 December
  • The two sides played out a goalless draw in their last meeting at Villa Park

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace betting tip

Both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have been struggling in the national championship of late, but seeing that the Eagles head into the game following the FA Cup win at Southampton, it is no surprise the visitors are favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in the Villa Park clash. The hosts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Palace and I believe that Alan Pardew’s men are capable of taking advantage of the situation.

Tip: Away win

Odds: 2.50 (3/2) @bet365

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