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Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa preview, team news, tickets, and prediction

Crystal Palace have not been at their best this season but they will be hoping to perverse their status with the few games left to play. Meanwhile, Aston Villa are having a very fine season so far in the Premier League. The Villans will be looking to qualify for Champions League football next season and they are in a straight fight with Tottenham. 

In terms of transfers, Crystal Palace let go of the likes of Luka Milivojevic, Jack Butland, Wilfred Zaha, and Vicente Guaita who left for Shabab Al-Ahli, Rangers, Galatasaray, and Celta de Vigo respectively on free transfers while Malcom Ebiowei and Luke Plange sealed loan moves to RWDM and Carlisle United respectively.

Crystal Palace have looked out of sorts so far in the Premier League this season. The league campaign is in its latter stages and the Eagles are yet to take off form-wise. Palace are in 14th place on the Premier League table with 33 points from 32 games, recording 8 wins, 9 draws, and 15 losses at the time of writing. They have scored 37 times this season, the second lowest by teams outside relegation waters and they have let in 54 goals, bringing their goal deficit to -17.

The Eagles brought in Oliver Glasner in place of Roy Hodgson but results have not been decent. Palace have won just a game since he arrived at the club and with a relegation fight looming, they need every possible point. Crystal Palace are one of the sides based in London and with nothing guaranteed for them just yet. Since the turn of the year, they have only won two games and they are just hanging out until the end of the season. However, they did the unthinkable by taking three points off Liverpool at Anfield in one of their away trips. That win could serve as motivation until the end of the season. 

On the other hand, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa were a busy side during the transfer window. Recruiting talents like Moussa Diaby from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, Spanish defender Pau Torres from La Liga club side Villarreal, Morgan Rogers from Championship side Middlesbrough and Kosta Nedeljkovic from Redstar. Nicolo Zaniolo and Clement Lenglet joined on loan from Turkish giants Galatasaray and Barcelona respectively while Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans joined on a free transfer from Leicester City.

The Villans also let go of several players with the likes of young center-forward Cameron Archer leaving for Sheffield United, Marvelous Nakamba joining Luton Town, and Keinan Davis signing for Serie A side Udinese Calcio. Veteran English left-back Ashley Young left for Everton on a free transfer while Philippe Coutinho and Morgan Sanson both sealed loan moves away to Al-Duhail FC and OGC Nice respectively.

On the pitch, Aston Villa claimed some key results on their way to becoming one of the top five teams in the division this campaign. After an exciting start to the season when they defeated Chelsea away from home, Manchester City and Arsenal at home, and a long-standing home winning streak, the Villans were winless in January 2024 before losing to Manchester United at home in early February. 

However, they managed to pull some results together to get their season back on track – three consecutive wins over Luton Town, Fulham, and Nottingham Forest. Since that run of wins, they have only won once in the Premier League and even lost to top-four rivals Tottenham at home during that period.

As of the time of writing, Aston Villa have 63 points after 33 games and are back in the top four by virtue of their astonishing win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Head-to-head statistics tell us that Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have met on 19 occasions since 2004. The Eagles have won 7 (scoring 20 goals) while The Villans have won 8 (scoring 24 goals) with 4 draws between them.

Match tickets

The epic match at Selhurst Park in South London kicks off on Sunday, 19th of May 2024 at 15:00 UK Time.

The 25,486-capacity stadium will host this clash between two teams at different ends of the table with precious three points at stake.

Getting Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa tickets could take a lot of work given the standard of this game. Hence, you are advised to search ticket reselling sites should they be expectedly sold out on each club’s channels. 

Team news

Line-ups

The Eagles have a long list of injured players including Sam Johnstone (Elbow), Marc Guehi (knee), and Rob Holding (ankle) are expected to miss the visit of the Red Devils. Christopher Richards (Knee), and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (hamstring) could feature if they recover from their respective injuries on time.

Crystal Palace: Henderson, Ward, Andersen, Richards, Munoz, Wharton, Lerma, Mitchell, Ayew, Eze, Mateta

Villa’s form has been wave-like recently and will need a result here to finish strong. Major injury absentees for Aston Villa include Tyrone Mings (knee), Jacob Ramsey (foot), Emiliano Buendia (ACL), and Boubacar Kamara (knee). All four are not expected to feature in this particular fixture while Unai Emery will be relying on the firepower of Ollie Watkins to take them through.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Lenglet, Torres, Digne, McGin, Luiz, Tielemans, Bailey, Watkins

Prediction

Crystal Palace play in a low block, looking to neutralize attacking threats from opposing teams. In possession, they build up from the back and look to make the most of their time on the ball. Meanwhile, Emery’s side like to dominate ball possession and they will need a lot of that to go past the Eagles on the road. 

However, Aston Villa might just show enough character and win this particular contest.

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