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Palace still seeking first win of the season against Villa side searching for confidence
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst ParkBet Now
You feel that Crystal Palace and Aston Villa may be competing for similar positions in the Premier League table this season, as both look to achieve a top-half finish.
Villa have continued to spend money in the transfer market, and manager Steven Gerrard will know that more is expected of him this season, having finished in 14th place last time around.
They earned their first win of the campaign last time out, edging out struggling Everton in a close contest that finished 2-1.
Palace are also attempting to improve this time around. Having finished 12th last season, they will feel better placed to push on into the top half.
A well-earned draw against Liverpool showed their quality and fighting spirit. They will need to produce that more consistently this season.
This will be a well-fought contest.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Liverpool draw will have motivated the players
Have already played two tough teams in Arsenal and Liverpool
Reasons to be fearful:
Only one win from last five against Villa
Will be desperate to pick up their first win of the season
Crystal Palace have been unlucky to face both Arsenal and Liverpool in their first two games of the season.
It’s a nightmare start for any team, but Palace will feel confident of pressing on now that those two fixtures are out of the way and they have a point on the board. Upcoming fixtures against Villa, Brentford and Newcastle are somewhat kinder.
Still, they will need to improve their form against Villa, having picked up just four points from their last five league meetings.
You still wonder if Palace can play as well as they did against Liverpool consistently throughout the season, or if that was just a blip. They certainly have the players to do so.
They will be eager to pick up their first win of the season here, especially at home. The longer it goes without one, the more nervous the players will be.
Star Man – Wilf Zaha
Opened the scoring against Liverpool and played well throughout. He’ll have a tough game up against Villa fullback Matty Cash, but has the pace and trickery to cause problems.
Reasons to be cheerful
First win of the season will give them confidence
Ings and Watkins are linking up well together
Reasons to be fearful
Look like a team searching for consistency
Defensive issues require sorting
Under Gerrard, you’re never quite sure what to expect from Villa on a weekly basis.
Occasionally, they’re brilliant, and have pulled off excellent results against the likes of Manchester United. On the other hand, they can be poor and lack cohesion within the team.
The problem with Tyrone Mings now seems to be sorted, with the centre back returning to the side after seemingly falling out with his manager.
It paid off, with Villa claiming their first win of the season. If they are to push into the top half of the league, they’ll need to play with more consistency than they showed in the last campaign.
At least Watkins and Ings are now showing signs of a partnership upfront. The pair combined for the first goal in the win over Everton.
Star Man – Danny Ings
Ings can still be a deadly goalscorer if he has quality players in and around him. He’s not the best striker in the league, but he can go on a run for Villa if he hits form.
Will be a close game
Both teams to score
Home support could be the difference
These are two teams fighting to push on in their quest for a top-half finish. Both have spent money in the transfer market, although Villa more so over the past few seasons.
Patrick Vieira deserves some credit for the job he has done so far, although the jury is still out on Gerrard.
Palace’s home support is always excellent, and they could be the difference between the two sides here.
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
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