Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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Draw 2-2

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Ollie Watkins To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in five of Crystal Palace’s last seven games.
  • There have been goals at both ends in three of Aston Villa’s last five away games.
  • Palace have drawn a league-high seven of their 12 games, and three of those have ended 2-2.
  • Ollie Watkins has scored two goals in his last three appearances.

Gerrard’s Villa face Palace test

Steven Gerrard kicked off his stint as Aston Villa boss with a home win over Brighton but backing that up with another three points at Crystal Palace on Saturday looks a big ask.

The Eagles have been in fine form themselves and are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games, while they are yet to be beaten at Selhurst Park this season.

Going for a result in this match-up is a tricky task given that we’re not quite sure what to expect from Gerrard’s Villa, who were clearly underperforming prior to his arrival, but both teams to score does stand out.

Back both teams to find the back of the net

Palace may be unbeaten in seven games but they have drawn five of those matches, and both teams have scored in each of those five stalemates.

Villa kept a clean sheet in their win over Brighton but conceded in their five previous games, all of which were defeats, and both teams have scored in four of their last six games.

Both teams scored in the corresponding fixture last season, a 3-2 win for Palace in May, and there have been goals at both ends in three of their last four home games so we may well see both keepers beaten at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Spoils could be shared in South London

Palace are the Premier League’s draw specialists with seven of their 12 games ending all square so far. Only one of Villa’s games has ended honours even, but they are at the start of a new era so going on their previous performances may not be the best way to go about a correct score prediction here.

Gerrard’s first task was to stop the rot after taking a charge of a team who had lost five games in a row and he managed that with a win over Albion. The former Rangers manager will now be looking to build some momentum and a point against a Palace side yet to be beaten at home would have to be considered a positive result.

Palace are just three points ahead of Villa in the standings and with little to separate these two we could be in line for a draw here, with an entertaining 2-2 result looking a good option at a big price in the correct score market. Three of the hosts’ seven draws have been 2-2 – and they played out a 3-3 draw with Burnley last weekend.

Watkins hitting form

Villa forward Ollie Watkins had a slow start to the season after missing the first few games with a knee injury but appears to be finding some form now. Watkins scored the first goal of Gerrard’s reign last weekend and now has two goals in his last three appearances, so he looks a good option in the anytime goalscorer market.

Crystal Palace predicted lineup: Guaita. Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Benteke, Edouard

Aston Villa predicted lineup: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Ramsey. Buendia, Ings, Watkins

 

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