Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Prediction & Tips
Aston Villa fans will be happy this Christmas as their team has kept their goal unbeaten in three consecutive Premier League (PL) games (G2, E1) and is coming off a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion (December 20th). That streak has earned him his most points (22) after 12 games in a PL season since the 2001/02 campaign, when he finished in eighth place.
Villa’s 0-0 draw with Burnley this enclosure (December 17) snapped a losing streak of three home games in PL and, furthermore, three of their last five home games in PL have ended with one or both teams scoring three or more goals (G1, E1, P3). However, Villa tends to take a while to start as they have led at halftime only once at home condition this season.
Palace has conceded nine (64.29%) of their 14 “goals against” in the PL during the second half from min. 75 and up – that increases the apparent probability of a late collapse. A 7-0 win against Liverpool (December 19) marked their first loss in four games, but ultimately catapulted their “goals against” average per game from PL to 1.79.
Perhaps, as expected, the ‘Eagle’ team has not kept an unbeaten goal away from home in 11 PL games (G3, E1, P7) and, in addition, has added three games without beating Villa in this enclosure (E1, P2). At least Palace is generally well-behaved on the road – they only received three or more yellow cards in a league away game this season.
Players to watch: No one in Europe’s ‘big five leagues’ has created more opportunities (excluding set pieces) than Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish this season (38). He has scored five league goals and recorded six assists, while former teammate Christian Benteke has scored three goals after 30 minutes in Palace’s last two away games in the EPL.
Highlight: Villa have scored 66.67% of their home goals in the league after the break so far this season.
Aston Villa – Crystal Palace FREE TIPS
Aston Villa – Win @ 2.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90