Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 26 December 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park.
After the spectacular start they had to the season, the Lions regressed a bit to the mean in the last few match-days, and that affected them hugely in terms of their position in the table.
However, they seem to be regaining their old form back – especially so in regards to their defense.
Now, they need to make reparation for the points they have dropped, and at home, against a struggling opponent like the Glaziers, the situation seems perfect for Dean Smith’s men.
Roy Hodgson’s men just had the heaviest defeat of any team in the competition this whole season. They have also not posted a single win in the last three months, barring fixtures against the newly-promoted teams from the Championship.
On top of that, the Lions also have a good h2h record against this rival in recent times, and especially so at this stadium.
As such, expect Aston Villa to have the upper hand this weekend.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter between the two ended in a 2-0 win for Smith’s men. The game had taken place just four months back.
- They had recorded six of the former eleven overall wins.
- They had kept clean sheets in four of the preceding six encounters.
- The latest win for the guests at this venue had come in 2013, and before that in 1991.
- After 2013, not once have the hosts conceded a goal here.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
The Lions recorded a 0-3 win on the road the last match-day, against West Brom. In the meantime, the Glaziers lost 0-7 at home against Liverpool.
Going on, Smith’s men have kept clean sheets in their past three fixtures, and they were also unbeaten in 15 of their preceding 20 games.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in nine of their previous twelve match-ups, and they have not kept a single clean sheet in their last 14 straight games.
On the road, they were also winless in nine of their former fourteen fixtures as well.
Most importantly, Smith’s men also have a terrific h2h record against this rival in the past few years, and even more so at this ground since 1990.
Considering these stats, expect Aston Villa to make light work of the struggling Crystal Palace, and continue their run up the table.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace: Betting Tips
Aston Villa to Win Either Half @ 1.44 (4/9)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Aston Villa @ 1.83 (5/6).