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Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Predictions

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Aston Villa
Crystal Palace

Over 2.5 Match Goals

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Draw 2-2

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Wilfried Zaha To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Over 2.5 goals has been a winning bet in Villa’s last two games
  • Palace’s away games are averaging 2.6 goals-per-game
  • The last three meetings between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have featured over 2.5 goals
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored in Crystal Palace’s last two games

Home hopes for Villa

Aston Villa have had a topsy-turvy time of it since Steven Gerrard’s arrival in November but a recent run of three unbeaten has allayed any potential relegation fears.

Gerrard said he could not have asked for any more as his team went down 2-1 to Liverpool on Tuesday and home games against Palace and Burnley give them a chance to sign off in front of their fans in style.

The boss will be aware that six league home wins from 17 outings is far from ideal and will be urging his troops to put on a show for their fans on both Sunday and against the Clarets.

They currently sit 12th in the table and with a trip to Manchester City to come in their final game of the campaign, they will be looking at these two home fixtures as their most realistic chance of cracking the top 10 come the end of the season.

Encouraging season for the Eagles

Crystal Palace sit 11th, a point clear of Villa, and they also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup so they have enjoyed a quietly impressive first season under Patrick Vieira.

They head to the West Midlands on a run of three unbeaten, drawing with Leeds and beating both Southampton and Watford.

As has so often been the case over the years, Wilfried Zaha has been their hero, netting in both of those recent victories to take his Premier League tally for the season to 13 goals.

His strike at Norwich in February saw him pick up the club’s goal of the season award on Tuesday and he seems to be hitting form just in time for another likely summer of speculation.

Eagles co-owner and chairman Steve Parish has mentioned that he is looking to sign a number of players to longer-term deals in the next few weeks. If the Ivorian stays, he can become the fulcrum of an exciting young side and his current form suggests he will again propel their charge on Sunday.

A chance for goals

The last three meetings between these teams have each produced over 2.5 goals and the pair’s respective recent records open the door for more of the same.

Villa have scored in their last three games, while Palace also seem to do things in trios. Having scored in three games in a row in all competitions between March 20 and April 4, they then drew blanks in their next three from April 10 to April 25.

Vieira’s men have since scored in their last two and with Villa keeping one clean sheet in their last four at home, it is easy to envisage the Eagles scoring for a third straight game again.

At this stage of the season, it would be easy to think that these teams could be ‘on the beach’ but their recent performances suggest there is more to come from both.

As the table suggests, they look tough to split and we are predicting an entertaining draw on Sunday.

Aston Villa predicted lineup: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; Luiz, Nakamba, McGinn; Coutinho; Watkins, Ings.

Crystal Palace predicted lineup: Butland; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Ward; Gallagher, Hughes, Eze; Olise, Edouard, Zaha.

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