Monday , July 4 2022

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace: match preview | Premier League

The big news in Birmingham is that Philippe Coutinho will be making the city his permanent home. After an inconsistent loan spell Aston Villa will hope the creative force can refind his magic touch next season after a summer in which he can bed in fully. Steven Gerrard’s side fought hard, arguably deserving a point, in defeat to Liverpool in midweek and will be hopeful they can still secure a top-half finish if they pick up where they left off, starting with Crystal Palace. Patrick Vieira will undoubtedly feel the same and the Frenchman has the fine wind of good form at his back. A third win in succession would give Palace a great shot at 10th or a smidge higher and would be their first time in the top 10 since 2014-15. Graham Searles

Sunday 2pm

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 3 Crystal Palace 0

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G16 Y60 R3 3.94 cards/game

Odds H 15-13 A 11-4 D 13-5

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Olsen, Sinisalo, Chambers, Nakamba, Carney Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam, O’Reilly, Bailey, Sanson, Young, Traoré, Buendía

Doubtful Ramsey (match fitness), Bailey (ankle), Watkins (match fitness)

Injured Hause (abdominal, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y77 R2

Form LLDWWL

Leading scorer Watkins 10

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Guaita, Matthews, Benteke, Kelly, Banks, Hannam, Riedewald, Rak-Sakyi, Ward, Milivojevic, Ayew, Kouyaté, Guéhi, Mateta, McArthur, Schlupp

Doubtful Guéhi (ankle), Guaita (match fitness)

Injured Ferguson (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y60 R1

Form WLLDWW

Leading scorer Zaha 13

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