Match Today: Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 20-08-2022 in the English Premier League
Crystal Palace will be looking to grab their first win of the 2022/23 Premier League season when they host Aston Villa this weekend. Crystal Palace will welcome Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon as they look to score their first win of the new Premier League season.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
Crystal Palace started their campaign disappointingly, losing 2-0 at home to Arsenal. However, they recovered from the setback by putting on a solid display away at Anfield to draw Liverpool 1-1. After taking a step in the right direction, Patrick Vieira's team is now looking to collect the three points this weekend and put his season on the right track.
Aston Villa's season also got off to a strong start as they lost 2-0 away to newly promoted Bournemouth. But Steven Gerrard's men bounced back with a 2-1 win over Everton last weekend, which saw them move up to ninth in the table. Another win would see them climb to the top of the table as they aim for a European spot after being active in the transfer market.
Last season's showdown ended with Aston Villa winning 2-1 at Selhurst Park, while the team were able to exit with a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in May earlier this year. Before their last meeting in the third round of the new English Premier League season.
Crystal Palace has no new injury concerns to deal with and will be without four players against Aston Villa in Jack Butland, Nathan Ferguson, James McArthur and James Tomkins. However, Patrick Vieira could make a change or two on the starting side against Anfield, with a change of formation also on the cards.
Having entered a five-man defensive unit in the last game, the Crystal Palace manager can revert to a traditional four-man defensive line, and Joel Ward is likely to be the one to pull off the side. Joachim Andersen and Mark Goi should be the center back, along with Nathaniel Klein and Terek Mitchell at full back.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
The main threat going forward will come from the left flanked by superstar Wilfried Zaha, who had a shot past Liverpool last time out. Michael Ulis could get a nod at Jordan Ayew on the right wing with Oddson Edward leading the attack for the Eagles, with new signing Malcolm Ebiwe on the bench.
In a major blow, Aston Villa's new signing Diego Carlos ruptured his Achilles tendon last week and could be out for the rest of the season. Aside from him, there are no further injury concerns for Steven Gerrard with Courtney Howes returning to training. two. Emiliano Martinez will guard the goal as usual, while the rest of the team will line up in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation against the Argentine international.
Aston Villa won last season's match 2-1 in what was Steven Gerrard's second match in his coaching. They can achieve consecutive league victories against the Eagles for the first time. Crystal Palace is the only club that faced the top six teams from last season in their opening two matches of the new season, losing 2-0 at home to Arsenal and drawing with Liverpool. The Eagles' only home defeat in the league came last season against a team that finished in the bottom half of the table against Aston Villa. Aston Villa have won only once in their last six away matches.
Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho has only scored one goal and has not had any assists in his last 13 league games.