Collect News Data
Jul 12, 2020 at 2.15pm UK
Aston VillaAston Villa
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
Trezeguet (45+4', 59')
Mings (27'), Luiz (90+1')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Zaha (27'), Sakho (27'), Kouyate (54'), Milivojevic (67')

Preview: Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, including team news and predicted lineups.

Aston Villa welcome Crystal Palace to the West Midlands on Sunday knowing that only a win will do as they fight for their right to play in the Premier League next season.

Meanwhile, Palace realistically have nothing to play for after four successive losses left their already-slim European hopes in tatters.

Match preview

After trying but failing to overcome newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool in their own backyard, Villa had only a few days off to prepare for their next testing fixture against an in-form Manchester United side.

A controversially-awarded Bruno Fernandes penalty opened the floodgates for United to sweep aside relegation-threatened Villa, as further strikes from Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba confirmed a result that many had predicted would occur before the game kicked off.

Furthermore, following Bournemouth's goalless stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur, Villa have now dropped below their relegation rivals in the table and occupy 19th spot with four games left to play.

The battle to rise above the dotted line is far from over, although Watford's victory over bottom-of-the-table Norwich City means that Villa are now four points adrift of safety at this very late stage.

That gap could temporarily be increased to seven points if Watford overcome Newcastle United the day before, and things are looking increasingly ominous for a Villa side that are winless and goalless in their last three outings.

Dean Smith is still looking to guide the relegation candidates to their first win since January, although the visit of Palace possibly represents their most winnable fixture since the Premier League resumed.

Indeed, Roy Hodgson's men have now suffered four defeats on the bounce in the top flight, although they would have been frustrated to come away from their thrilling London Derby with Chelsea empty-handed in midweek.

The Eagles fought valiantly against the Champions League-chasing Blues but ultimately succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at Selhurst Park, although Chelsea were indebted to a heroic late tackle from Kurt Zouma when Christian Benteke seemed destined to level the scores late on.

Nevertheless, even though Palace managed to end their three-game drought in front of goal on Tuesday, Hodgson's side have slipped down to 14th in the table after taking just three points from 15 on offer following the restart.

Despite the fact that the Eagles are not mathematically safe just yet, a 12-point cushion from the relegation zone with four games remaining means that there is little at stake for Palace in the final stages of the campaign.

Hodgson's side seemed ready to mount a late charge for a top-seven finish following a four-game winning streak before their loss to Liverpool in June, but any European aspirations will sadly not come to fruition for the Palace faithful this season.

A Jordan Ayew winner was enough for Palace to take all three points against Villa in the reverse fixture back in August.

Aston Villa Premier League form: DLDLLL

Crystal Palace Premier League form: WWLLLL

Team News

Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings managed to shake off knocks to start against United, and Matt Targett could come back into the fold following a thigh injury.

Keinan Davis is in contention to replace Mbwana Samatta up top for Villa, and John McGinn may be given a rest by Smith during a hectic run of fixtures.

Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and Wesley all remain on the treatment table for the West Midlands outfit.

As for Palace, Hodgson has confirmed that Martin Kelly has recovered from injury and is set to deputise in defence for Gary Cahill, who only lasted eight minutes against his former club in midweek.

Cahill joins Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins on the sidelines for the Eagles, and Hodgson is not expected to make too many changes to his side for the trip to Villa Park.

Wilfried Zaha finally managed to end his barren run of 16 games without a goal against Chelsea - his first in the Premier League since before Christmas.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Reina; Guilbert, Hause, Mings, Targett; El Ghazi, Luiz, Hourihane, Trezeguet; Grealish; Davis

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt; Zaha, Milivojevic, McArthur, Kouyate, Ayew; Benteke

We say: Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace

Neither of these two sides inspire much confidence given their respective winless runs, but there is a lot more riding on this game for Villa and Smith's players should be going all out for the win. However, we are struggling to see Villa getting the better of a resolute Palace side and expect the hosts' relegation woes to intensify with a draw on Sunday.

body check tags ::

amp_article_405964 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2020-07-10 15:52:55:
html db last update - 2020-08-10 19:02:21 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Share this article now:
Show comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Premier League Table
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd391813867373067
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Championship Table
CLeeds UnitedLeeds46289977354293
5Cardiff CityCardiff4619161168581073
6Swansea CitySwansea461816126253970
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461816125850870
9Preston North EndPreston461812165954566
10Derby CountyDerby461713166264-264
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn461712176663363
12Bristol City461712176065-563
13Queens Park RangersQPR461610206776-958
15Stoke CityStoke46168226268-656
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461511205866-856
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield461312215270-1851
19Luton TownLuton46149235482-2851
20Birmingham CityBirmingham461214205475-2150
RCharlton AthleticCharlton461212225065-1548
RWigan AthleticWigan461514175756147
RHull City46129255787-3045
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.