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Aston Villa FC vs Crystal Palace, free match prediction 26 Dec 2020

26 Dec 2020 | 20:30 | Birmingham, Villa Park
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Aston Villa continue revival of form against out of favour Crystal Palace

  • Aston Villa continue to climb the table, with seven points from last three matches
  • Could go 2nd if they win their two matches in hand
  • Crystal Palace are without a win in three matches

Aston Villa to win 1-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Birmingham, Villa Park

ASTON VILLA FC vs CRYSTAL PALACE Match Preview & Analysis

Aston Villa have shaken off their mixed run of form by winning two and drawing another of their last three league matches.

They had risen to as high as 2nd in the table after their first four matches, but following four defeats from their next five matches slipped to as low as 11th. Last week’s win over West Brom took them back into the top half.

Despite their mixed form, Villa only need win their two matches in hand to see them move back into the top four, considering the inconsistent form other teams are suffering from this season.

Crystal Palace have been more cold than hot this season, playing well on occasions, particularly earlier in the season, but of late they have lost their way somewhat, culminating in a 7-0 thrashing against Liverpool last weekend.

That defeat will have knocked the stuffing out of them, but they must recover quickly or face being dragged into a survival scrap.


Teams Preview

Aston Villa FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLWDW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Thrashing West Brom shows they are back to best

     Return of 22 points after 12 games is best since 2001-02

Reasons to be fearful:

     Home form is far worse than away form

     Palace have the ability to spring a surprise

As well as Aston Villa have played this season, they owe their form to results picked up on their travels rather than at home at Villa Park.

On just away form, they would 3rd in the league, winning five out of their six matches. At home, it’s another story entirely, whereby they would sit 14th, with just two wins from six.

They will need to address that this weekend, and face a Crystal Palace side whose confidence must be shot to pieces after conceding seven against Liverpool.

On the other hand, Villa are firing on all cylinders again, with the returning Ross Barkley providing real energy in midfield. The likes of Cash, Douglas Luiz and El Ghazi have all battled through suspension and injury in recent weeks to find form.

Star Man – Jack Grealish

Sensational performance against West Brom, assisting Villa’s second goal which killed off the match.

Crystal Palace Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWDDL

Reasons to be cheerful

     Are comfortably above the relegation zone despite mixed form

     Looked good against West Ham and Tottenham

Reasons to be fearful 

     Losing 7-0 will see their confidence take a beating

     Need to reshuffle defensive personnel

Roy Hodgson will be able to welcome back Christian Benteke to his side against the striker’s old club Aston Villa, after serving a one-match suspension.

The goal scorer has performed well for his side since re-joining the club, netting three times in nine matches and is their second-top scorer behind Wilf Zaha with seven.

Hodgson must concentrate on his defence as a priority, however. They took a battering as they lost 7-0 to Liverpool last weekend, with Gary Cahill suffering an injury which may keep him out of this one.

Villa do not quite have the firepower which Liverpool possess, but they certainly have some top-class players who can exploit any weaknesses in the Palace defence if they are not careful.

Palace must dig in here to avoid another embarrassing defeat.

Star Man – Christian Benteke

The big striker was missed last weekend, and always provides a goal threat up front.

ASTON VILLA FC vs CRYSTAL PALACE Winning Prediction

     Aston Villa should boss possession

     Palace will look to hit them on the counter

     Villa slight favourites for this

Villa know they must improve their home form of just two wins from six if they are to claim the three points here – they have not been as clinical in front of goal at Villa Park this season.

Nevertheless, they possess fantastic players which manager Dean Smith has coached well and progressed since last season. He’ll be confident of claiming victory here.

Aston Villa to win 1-0

Author: Ross B.