Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Barclays Premier League

Venue: Selhurst Park Date: Saturday, 22 August

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)

Match Stats

Possession

50

50

Shots

0

0

On target

0

0

Corners

0

0

Fouls

0

0

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace have no new injury concerns ahead of Aston Villa's visit.

Julian Speroni and Marouane Chamakh are not yet fit, but summer signing Bakary Sako could be included in the squad for the first time.

Villa's Jack Grealish could play for the first time this season after making a goalscoring return from a hamstring injury for the Under-21 side on Monday.

Carles Gil and new signing Adama Traore also played in that game to build up their fitness and could be involved.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Steve Wilson:

"Last season, Paul Lambert's Aston Villa won at Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace thanks to

a goal from Christian Benteke

– it already sounds like ancient history.

"Palace have started the season in vibrant shape despite the

narrow loss to Arsenal.

Alan Pardew's attacking team and a now familiar buoyant atmosphere makes Selhurst Park a tough prospect these days.

"With Villa feeling their way a little gingerly into the new campaign the home side will certainly be favourites.

"However, there are seldom many goal in these games, only three in the last four meetings, and I just fancy a draw – which would be only Palace's second in 24 matches under Pardew."

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:

"We need to win more than half our home games and I think we can do that this year. We lost to Arsenal; I was really pleased with the performance, but we need to turn that into a result at home.

"I think we have five or six candidates who could, in the future or even now, get into the [England] squad. The pool of talent for England is very big. But I do think [Jason] Puncheon is underestimated by a lot of people in the game. I've played with players who have played for England and he is better than some of them."

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood:

"I want us to attack more than we did against Manchester United. We lacked a bit of guile and punch going forward.

"We need Jack [Grealish] and Carles [Gil]. It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward.

"

Jack did annoy me in the summer,

but he annoyed himself. Hopefully the penny has dropped with him. He is a one-off. I will back him 100%, he is such a talented boy."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

If Crystal Palace are going to be the team myself and a lot of other people think they will be and finish in the top half of the league this season, then this is a game they need to win.

Lawro's full predictions v comedian Jack Whitehall

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Aston Villa won 1-0 at Selhurst Park last December thanks to a Christian Benteke goal but that is their only away victory against Palace in the last 35 years.
  • The last four meetings have produced a total of just three goals.
  • Villa have scored only two goals in their last nine top-flight visits to Palace.

Crystal Palace

  • The Eagles have lost four of their last five home games, conceding exactly two goals in each of those defeats.
  • In all competitions, Palace have lost 13 home fixtures in the past 12 months.
  • Alan Pardew can earn a record 12th Premier League victory by a Crystal Palace manager. He has only been in charge for 20 games,
  • The Eagles have conceded 34 fouls so far in this season's Premier League – more than any other side.

Aston Villa

  • Villa could win back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time since the start of last season, when they beat Stoke and Liverpool.
  • They have lost 24 of the last 26 league games in which they conceded the opening goal (W1, D1).
  • Villa have only scored twice in their last 10 Premier League games in London – although both proved crucial, earning 1-0 wins against Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
  • Tim Sherwood's side have attempted nine shots so far (excluding blocked efforts), fewer than any other top-flight side this season.

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