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Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace match preview
Who’s impressive start to the season will continue?
Aston Villa ended August with back-to-back league wins, demolishing Everton 5-0 and Burnley 3-1, whilst also steamrollering Hibernian 8-0 on aggregate in the Europa Conference League play-offs.
However, September began with a reality check for Unai Emery’s team, as they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 battering of their own, swatted aside by Liverpool at Anfield.
The same frailties in the Villans’ defence, that had been on show at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season, were there for all to see on Merseyside.
From now until they’re knocked out, Villa’s fixture list is going to be busy, kicking off their first-ever UEFA group stage campaign this forthcoming Thursday, taking on Legia Warszawa at Stadion Wojska Polskiego.
So, with games coming thick and fast, every points is valuable, making Aston Villa desperate for victory here.
Crystal Palace meantime are actually above their hosts, following their unexpectedly entertaining 3-2 victory over Wolves prior to the international break.
Odsonne Édouard bagging a brace at Selhurst Park, while Eberechi Eze was on target in-between.
This saw Roy Hodgson’s team climb up to seventh, with their only defeat so far coming against Arsenal.
In less good news for Eagles fans, their side are winless in six visits to Villa Park, losing four of them.
In fact, Palace have won just two of their last 24 away matches against Aston Villa, a streak stretching back 66 years, the most-recent of these victories coming on Boxing Day 2013.
In short, a home win seems likely in this one.
Aston Villa team news
Unai Emery had been experimenting with a back three although, following Diego Carlos’ injury at Anfield, this may be put on hold for now.
Although, with Tyrone Mings also out long-term, Clément Lenglet has arrived on loan from Barcelona, so he could be in line for his debut.
In goal, Emi Martínez returned after a short injury against Liverpool, before also starting both of Argentina’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers this week.
Ollie Watkins will continue to lead the line, even though Jhon Durán has scored in both fixture at Villa Park so far this season.
Predicted XI: (4-3-3): Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; Douglas Luiz, Kamara, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins, Bailey.
Crystal Palace team news
Rob Holding could be in line to make his debut at centre-back, given that Marc Guéhi is out, having suffered an injury during England’s win at Hampden on Tuesday.
Chris Richards is the other option, having started both of USA’s victories during the international window.
In goal though, Dean Henderson is expected to be the new number one in South London, so will he come in for Sam Johnstone straight away?
In attack, Michael Olise remains sidelined, but Jean-Philippe Mateta could come in, potentially alongside Odsonne Édouard.
Mateta scored a hat-trick away to Plymouth Argyle, before providing two assists off the bench in the win over Wolves a few days later.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Henderson; Ward, Andersen, Holding, Mitchell; Lerma, Doucouré, Schlupp, Ayew, Eze; Mateta.