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Aston Villa FC vs Crystal Palace, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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Aston Villa have the top half in their sights as they welcome struggling Crystal Palace

  • Aston Villa rebounded with a positive win last weekend against Everton
  • Unai Emery’s men had lost three on the bounce previously but now sit on the verge of the top half
  • Crystal Palace desperately need a victory to end a run of just one win since the World Cup in November

Aston Villa to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Birmingham, Villa Park

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It shows just how close teams are in the bottom half of the Premier League that one win can make a huge difference to your position.

Aston Villa were on a three-match losing streak when they travelled to Everton last weekend, a team that had won both home games under new manager Sean Dyche.

However, it was Aston Villa that showed courage and strength to claim three precious away points and lift themselves level on points with Chelsea. A win here could well move them into the top half.

On the other hand, the top 10 looks as far away as it ever has done for Patrick Vieira and his Crystal Palace side. Five draws and a defeat have left them stranded, only six points above the relegation zone.

Their squad is too good to go down, although they’ll be worried at how the wins have dried up in recent months.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     A win could take them into the top half for the first time since August

     The form of Ollie Watkins has helped push Villa forward

Reasons to be fearful:

     Lost their last game to Palace

     And have lost their last two at home in the league

For such a big club with a great history in English football, Aston Villa haven’t spent much time in the Premier League’s top 10 in recent seasons. 

A troubled period under Steven Gerrard left the club nearer the bottom of the league that the halfway point, although Unai Emery has helped steady the ship in recent months.

To move into a top-half spot would show their improvement under their new manager and encourage their fans that they are moving in the right direction. 

Their home form has been mixed recently, however, losing their last two at Villa Park. They’ve also only beaten Palace once in their last four meetings.

Star Man – Ollie Watkins

The English striker may be working his way into his country’s plans after his hot streak in front of goal. He’s now scored in his last five appearances for Villa, helping to push them higher up the table.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Won their last game against Villa

     Earned an important point against Liverpool last weekend

Reasons to be fearful

     Just one win from their last 11 games

     Wilf Zaha still not fit to return to action

While Aston Villa will be looking at teams above them, Crystal Palace will be looking at clubs below them right now.

With a six-point gap between themselves and the bottom three, Palace will feel that they have enough to be safe this season. However, no team has had to wait for so long for a win this season.

Eight games have now come and gone since their last win and Patrick Vieira will be getting desperate for his team to deliver here. 

The Eagles won their last game against Villa but they’ll need a huge improvement to achieve the same result here.

Star Man – Michael Olise

Palace’s last five goals have all been scored by different players, showing a lack of consistency going forward and the opposite to Villa’s Ollie Watkins. Olise possesses excellent pace and skill on the wings, however.

     Villa will pose the greater goal threat

     Palace will struggle to convert chances

     Two or less goals in the game

Games involving either Villa or Palace haven’t always included lots of goals lately. You feel that the team that takes the lead could go on to win.

Aston Villa are the team in better form right now, despite the two clubs sitting in 11th and 12th respectively, and have Ollie Watkins in arguably the best goalscoring form of his career.

Palace’s main problem will be converting any chances they do create, which will hurt them here you feel.

Aston Villa to win 2-0

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Author: Ross B.