England Premier League
Saturday 31st August 2019
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace produced the shock of last season when they went to the Etihad and beat the champions Manchester City 3-2, their only home loss of the season. This season they may have just done the same by beating their neighbours Manchester United at Old Trafford.
It certainly wasn’t expected given the way Palace had started and when Daniel James scored with a minute left to get the equaliser for United it felt like a draw or even a Fergie type swashbuckling comeback was on for the Red Devils. Instead Palace turned the key once more, opened up the theatre of dreams and pulled the safety curtain down on the home supporters when Patrick van Aanholt got the winner for the Eagles.
It was a stunning result for Palace and their first win of the season. They now have 4 points and Roy Hodgson and his team will be eyeing another win at home to Aston Villa. Palace are amongst the favourites to either be relegated or dicing with it for much of the season and Hodgson will be well aware that his team will need to pick up points early on in the season.
Aston Villa lost their first two games of the season but were able to bounce back against Everton with an excellent 2-0 win. It was much needed as the club were playing their 2nd home game in a row, they lost their first one to Bournemouth and had they lost again, there could well be a cloud of gloom over the club.
Villa played some good football, but the result may have been a little harsh on Everton who had much control of the 2nd half. It seems evident now that Villa like to start their games on the front foot but can fade as it goes on. This will be a tough match for them and a diffcult match to predict.
Crystal Palace: Mamadou Sakho will be assessed but still might have fitness issues.
Aston Villa: James Chester was due back for this game after his hamstring injury but he could be ruled out for at least another two weeks.Matt Targett has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Jonathan Kodjia remains out with an ankle injury and isn’t due back for a fortnight
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Head to Head:
The teams have not played at Selhurst Park since 2015 when Palace won 2-1.
In the last 5 meetings when Palace have been at home, Aston Villa have won just once.
There is a 70% chance that there will be under 2.5 goals.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Prediction:
From all the Premier League games to be taking place this weekend this is the most difficult to predict. One of the main reasons is that none of the teams have been consistent even if we are only 3 games in, but they have shown glimpses of being a top 10 team, even if that likely won’t happen.
What was interesting last season is that almost every time Palace pulled off a surprise like beating Manchester City, their next game which would be at home was a real come down with score lines ending 0-0. This is a risky choice but we will go for the correct score at half time to be goalless and we will also back the under goal market which does have a great history of repeating itself. Otherwise this is a game up for grabs, which any team could be capable of winning.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Betting Tips:
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 at 2.60
Under 2.5 goals at 1.91