The Lions are looking to extend their unbeaten streak to four games when they welcome the Eagles on Saturday. Check out our Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Preview for this Premier League Boxing Day tilt.
Aston Villa Recent Form & Team News
Aston Villa fans will be happy this Christmas, with their side having kept clean sheets in three consecutive Premier League fixtures (W2, D1) culminating in a 3-0 win over rivals West Bromwich Albion (Dec 20). That run has earned them their highest points haul (22) after 12 games of a PL season since 2001/02, when they ultimately finished eighth.
The Villans’ 0-0 draw here with Burnley (Dec 17) snapped a three-game losing run in PL home games, while three of their last five home matches (W1, D1, L3) have seen one or both sides score 3+ goals. However, Villa often take a while to get going here, as they’ve led at HT just once as hosts this term.
Player to watch: Nobody in Europe’s top five leagues has created more chances (excluding set-pieces) than Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish this term (38).
Hot stat: Aston Villa have scored 66.67% of their home league goals after the break so far this term. He’s scored five league goals and registered six assists.
Dean Smith cannot count on Trezeguet (thigh) and Wesley (knee). Ross Barkley (thigh) is questionable to feature.
Crystal Palace Recent Form & Team News
Crystal Palace have conceded nine (64.29%) of 14 second-half PL ‘goals against’ after 75 minutes this term, heightening the apparent likelihood of a late collapse. A 7-0 thrashing vs Liverpool (Dec 19) marked their first loss in four matches, but ultimately catapulted their average of PL goals against per match to 1.79.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Eagles haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home in 11 PL matches (W3, D1, L7). Furthermore, they are without a goal in three PL H2Hs at Villa Park (D1, L2). If nothing else though, Palace are graceful travelers, having only received 3+ yellow cards in one league away match this term.
Player to watch: Christian Benteke has netted three goals after the 30th minute in Palace’s last two away league fixtures.
Roy Hodgson will be without Gary Cahill (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), and Wayne Hennessey (knee). Martin Kelly (calf), Mamadou Sakho (calf), and Connor Wickham (ankle) are also unavailable.
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