Two teams that will be buoyed after last weekend’s results in the Premier League meet at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace take on Aston Villa. Both teams picked up their first wins of the new season last time out, with the home side winning away at Old Trafford against Manchester United, while Aston Villa beat Everton 2-0.
Roy Hodgson will have been delighted with the grit his side displayed at Old Trafford last time out, as they dug deep to secure a 2-1 win away to Manchester United. Daniel James’ equaliser after Jordan Ayew’s opener appeared to have won a point for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, but a goal from Patrick van Aanholt in stoppage time saw Palace snatch the three points back. It was a much-needed result for Palace fans, who had seen their side pick up just one point from their first two games in the Premier League, during which they failed to score. However, they were dealt a further setback in midweek when they lost to League Two side Colchester United on penalties in the League Cup.
Aston Villa will have been delighted to have got the monkey off their back after getting their first Premier League win of the season against Everton last week. Goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi wrapped up the three points for Dean Smith’s team, who are currently 16th in the Premier League table. They added to their Friday night win at Villa Park with a thumping victory away to Crewe in the League Cup, winning 6-1 thanks to goals from Ezri Konsa, Conor Hourihane, Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish. Now, Villa will look to get their first away points of the season after losing 3-1 to Tottenham on the opening weekend.
This is a tough one to call, but Palace have really struggled for consistency early on, while Villa should be full of confidence after winning back-to-back games. We see more value in Villa DNB @ 2.25 than a Palace win @ 2.10.
Wesley has impressed early on since signing from Brugge and opened his account for his new club last weekend.
Aston Villa have scored eight goals in their last two games.
Only Everton and Watford have scored fewer goals than Crystal Palace.
The last three meetings between these two have seen each team pick up a win, draw and defeat.
James Tomkins (groin) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) are both expected to miss out once again for Crystal Palace, so Gary Cahill should continue in defence next to Martin Kelly. Jordan Ayew should keep his place in attack after scoring at Old Trafford last time out.
James Chester (hamstring) is expected to be out until September, while Jonathan Kodjia (ankle) is also a doubt. Dean Smith could name an unchanged side from last week’s win over Everton, though Conor Hourigane will be pushing to start after his brace in midweek.