Players Must Respond To Humiliating Defeat With Positive Performance At Villa

The trip to Villa Park is the first game following the hugely disappointing capitulation at home to Liverpool and the fans are expecting a reaction from both management and players alike.

DATE

26th December 2020

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE

LAST TIME

It does not seem that long ago since an end of season defeat in this fixture that saw Christian Benteke red carded after the final whistle. A Mamadou Sakho goal was chalked off before Trezeguet scored a brace to seal three much needed points for the hosts.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Trezeguet (8.5)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Anthony Taylor

Assistants – Adam Nunn, James Mainwaring

Fourth official – Peter Bankes

VAR – Craig Pawson

Assistant VAR – Simon Long

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Mamadou Sakho

VILLA – Wesley Moraes Ferreria da Silva, Ezri Konsa, Ross Barkley, Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan

SUSPENSIONS

Matty Cash

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Douglas Luiz (1)

YELLOW CARDS (3+) – Matty Cash (5), John McGinn (4), Matt Targett (4), James McArthur (3), Luka Milivojevic (3), Jack Grealish (3), Tyrone Mings (3)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 12/07/2020 Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 31/08/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
  • 12/01/2016 Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 22/08/2015 Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
  • 01/01/2015 Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 19/12/2020 Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
  • 16/12/2020 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 06/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace
  • 27/11/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United

Last FIVE results for Villa;

  • 20/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Aston Villa
  • 17/12/2020 Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley
  • 12/12/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa
  • 30/11/2020 West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa
  • 21/11/2020 Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

RECORD AGAINST VILLA

  • Played 45
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 14
  • Lost 19

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Jack Grealish 7.98
  • Kortney Hause 7.45
  • Andros Townsend 7.12
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.99

ONE TO WATCH

OLLIE WATKINS

FORMER CLUBS – Exeter City, Weston-Super-Mare (loan), Brentford

It was no secret that Palace had glanced at the young striker on more than one occasion but it was Villa who blinked first and stumped up a club record £28million for his services. Many questioned if he had the real ability to make the step up but with 6 goals in 12 games so far this season, that says all you need to know.

KEY CLASH

JAMES MCARTHUR v JACK GREALISH

Someone will be tasked with trying to keep the Villa star man quiet and one of the candidates will be the Scottish Pirlo and it will be quite some task. The influence of the England international is akin to Zaha and Palace, but the likelihood is that if you do a job on him they you win half the battle.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Villa have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 league games
  • Palace have only won once in their last 8 visits to Villa Park
  • That was a 1-0 win on Boxing Day in 2013
  • A red card has been shown in each of the last two games between the two

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (7 – 8th overall)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (548)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (38 – 5th overall)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (712)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (30 – 13th overall)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (39 – 11th overall)

PREDICTION

With the hosts playing well of late, this will no doubt be a tough game for the Eagles but the eagerness to make up for the home thrashing by Liverpool will drive them on. They will no doubt be aware that a reaction is needed in this match and there will likely be changes.

FINAL SCORE: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 5/6
  • Draw – 13/5
  • Away – 11/4
  • Both teams to score – 6/10

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