Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 20, 2022, 16:00 CET
The third round of the Premier League starts on Saturday. From There are four matches on the program starting at 16.00, and in one of them, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa meet.
After two difficult matches at the start, the Eagles from London will have a somewhat easier opponent in the upcoming round and will try to achieve the first triumph of the new season in front of their fans.
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Crystal Palace players met Arsenal and Liverpool in the first two rounds. At Selhurst Park, they were defeated by the Gunners 0-2, while at Anfield there were no winners 1-1. The Eagles led 1-0 thanks to Wilfried Zaha’s goal, but they were unable to keep the lead until the end of the match.
Patrick Vieria’s players made a good impression at the beginning of the new season, even though they won only one point. Teamwork is at a high level, as is discipline, especially in defense. Now they would have to confirm their previous good performance against weaker opponents.
Good games against the favorites certainly boosted the confidence of the Crystal Palace players. They would have more confidence going into their matchup with Manchester City in the fourth round if they defeated Aston Villa.
There are no fresh injuries, so it is expected that the starting line-up will include the same players as in the duels against Arsenal and Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard’s team have won three points so far. In the opening match, they were defeated by Bournemouth 0-2 in a road game, while the previous weekend they defeated Everton 2-1 at their stadium.
Aston Villa players did not play well in the first match of the new season and were easily defeated by Cherries. In the second match against the Toffees, they were much better, but the defensive line did not work very well. An additional problem in the defense is the injury of Diego Carlos, who will be absent for some time, so the tandem of central backs will consist of Konsa and Mings.
In addition to this defender, right back Matty Cash and main playmaker Philippe Coutinho are also injured, and it is still not known if they will be in the lineup on Saturday. If they don’t recover, coach Steven Gerrard will be in a lot of trouble and have to improvise further. Emiliano Buendia is expected to be among the starters as he played brilliantly in the second half of the game against Everton. The Argentine scored the second goal for his team.
In the past season, these two teams met twice. There was no winner at Villa Park 1-1, while in London the guests celebrated 1-2.
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita; Mitchell, Andersen, Guehi, Clyne; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Zaha, Ayew, Edouard
Aston Villa (4-3-1-2): Martinez; Digne, Konsa, Mings, Cash; Kamara, Ramsey, McGinn; Buendia; Watkins, Ings
This will be a tough and uncertain match, but we give a slight advantage to the home team. The players of Crystal Palace made a strong impression on us in the first two rounds and we are of the opinion that they will register the first victory of the new season.
Prediction: Crystal Palace To Win