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Preview: Eagles aim to carry United momentum into Villa clash

30 August 2019

Returning to league action tomorrow at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace will look to carry their momentum from victory over Manchester United against newly-promoted Aston Villa.

The Villans earned promotion from the Championship last season with a storming run of 10 consecutive wins from their final 12 matches to secure a spot in the play-offs. In the semi-finals, they ultimately overcame fellow Birmingham club West Bromwich Albion on penalties and went on to defeat Frank Lampard’s Derby County under the Wembley arch. 

In the top-flight so far this season, Dean Smith’s men recorded their first victory last Friday as they overcame Everton, who had kept two clean sheets until facing the Lions.

Impressively, however, Villa managed to strike past the Toffees on two occasions - meaning they have scored at least once in all three of their league games so far. Opening their Carabao Cup campaign, Villa maintained their ready ability to score and bagged six goals against Crewe Alexandra. In total, nine players have netted for them in just four matches from all competitions.

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But, not winning a Premier League match in 19 straight attempts, Villa’s away form is a weakness. In the Championship last season, while their end to the campaign was emphatic, Villa drew and lost their last two away games - winning 13 of their home league clashes and just 10 of those on the road.

Furthermore, Palace have only lost one of their seven Premier League home games against Villa (winning four and drawing two): a 0- 1 defeat in December 2014 under Neil Warnock.

At home, the Eagles have notched up eight points from their last five league matches - showing form at Selhurst to perhaps be less of an issue than suggested at times.

Talking tactics

Villa are an offensive outfit, as seen by their recent host of goals. In 2018/19, they netted 82 times from 46 matches, the third-most in the league. And with four goals from their first three Premier League games, it seems that Villa are intending on playing with a similar focus on forward charges. 

So far, the Midlands outfit have fielded 4-1-4-1 twice in the league and 4-3-3 once. Smith opted to field Douglas Luiz in-behind the midfield against Everton, providing support for an otherwise exposed back four with Villa’s attacking focus. 

This tactic appeared to work: Luiz recorded the most tackles of any Villa player and the side kept their first clean sheet of the season.

Danger man

John McGinn is one to watch for Villa. Palace fans should keep an eye on the 24-year-old winger, who this week was unsurprisingly called-up to the Scotland national squad, as he has notched up one goal and one assist in just three matches so far.

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Shared players

Palace and Villa have had a whole host of shared players over time, with some iconic club characters having donned both the red and blue of the Eagles and claret and blue of the Lions.

The most notable names include Yannick Bolasie, Sasa Curcic, Mile Jedinak, John Burridge, Scott Sinclair, Gareth Southgate and Kevin Phillips.

Current players who have featured for the Villans, of course, are Jordan Ayew, Christian Benteke and Gary Cahill.

How to follow

There are a handful of tickets remaining for this game - so you can head down to Selhurst Park to watch the Eagles live. To do so, buy your ticket here! If you can't make it to SE25 tomorrow, check out all the other ways you can follow the match.

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Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here. 

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Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Villa clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Ayew fires Palace to victory

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa

31 August 2019

Crystal Palace marched to victory over Aston Villa at Selhurst Park this afternoon, being the dominant of the two sides from the first whistle and earning their three points through a fine-looking Jordan Ayew, who bagged against his former club late into the game.

Summary

  • Mamadou Sakho makes the bench as Palace field the same starting lineup as the Manchester United game.

  • Eagles enjoy dominant first half but fail to break the deadlock.

  • Trezeguet receives a second yellow card in the 52nd-minute.

  • Ayew rifles Palace into the lead after 73-minutes.

  • Sakho returns to Premier League football after six months out.

  • A dying-seconds goal is ruled out after simulation from Jack Grealish.

The game opened with both teams struggling to drive their way through the congestion of two dynamic midfields; each side switching from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1 when forced onto the back foot.

The result meant the opening 20 minutes hosted few chances, with the busy pitch seeing more fouls and rough challenges than shots on goal.

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James McArthur was the first Eagle to try his luck when Patrick van Aanholt roamed his way along the left-wing to the byline and then cut-back to the Scotsman. Looking to control the ball rather than strike it first-time, McArthur was outdone by a cluster of Villa bodies.

Reacting to the rebound, Jeffrey Schlupp was denied in similar fashion by the dense crowd in front of him and struck into a throng of visitors.

McArthur found himself involved again in a situation mirroring his first effort, but this time he struck a whipped cross first time, unlucky to clip the ball over the bar.

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The near-miss seemed to catalyse a series of chances for the hosts, who had until then seen little action in their opponent’s half. Firstly, the unlikely threat of Cheikhou Kouyate looped a header inches over the bar before Schlupp cannoned a volley off the turf and into Tom Heaton’s gloves. Barely a minute later, former Villan Ayew stretched every sinew in an attempt to bury McArthur’s low cross, but was just too late to make contact.

The game then lulled for a deceptive while before the Eagles launched another charge at the visiting goal, keeping 33-year-old Heaton alert as the first half wound down.

Following Wilfried Zaha knocking a volley over under pressure, Luka Milivojevic found the target with a tricky free-kick, catching out everyone in the stadium bar Heaton, who got down early to push wide the Serbian’s deceptive, low effort. Kouyate was next to try his luck - again latching onto a cross at the back post with his head - but the Sengalese could only head down into the ground and up into the latex of Heaton’s gloves.

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Villa opened the half either spooked or chastised for Palace’s first half charges and kicked-off by launching themselves at the Eagles’ goal. But after a minute spent unnerving the hosts, the opposition settled back into their deeper shape and Roy Hodgson’s men regained their dominance.

Palace's superiority was then given an added advantage when Trezeguet received his marching orders for a bookable foul on Joel Ward in the first half and another on Zaha in the second.

Capitalising on Villa’s disruption, Palace began to launch themselves at their visitors. Milivojevic came close to taking the lead in dramatic fashion as he unleashed a powerful attempt on the Lions’ goal, curling a ball with pace only to be denied by the leaping Heaton.

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McArthur and Ayew also came close, with the former teeing himself up to try his luck with an overhead kick which flew past the Villa post and the latter whipping wide from distance.

Finally, after 73-minutes spent knocking, Palace broke through Villa’s defensive seal and it was Ayew - against his former club and the standout performer on the pitch - who earned the opener. Laid-off by fellow Ghanaian international Schlupp, Ayew ran to the byline, burst through Tyrone Mings and Grealish with poise and rifled Selhurst Park into its first vociferous celebration of the season.

Palace's celebrations were nearly curtailed in devastating fashion when their net bulged from Henri Lansbury's effort with seconds remaining, but Grealish's hitting the turf was adjudged to have been simulation and the last-minute equaliser was ruled-out to Selhurst's elation.

As the rain hammered down in SE25, Palace held on to see-out a physical final 10 minutes and earned their victory with conviction - and immense relief - over a largely suffocated Aston Villa.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kelly (Sakho 79), Van Aanholt, Schlupp (Townsend 84), McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 86).

Subs not used: Hennessey, McCarthy, Camarasa, Meyer.

Villa: Heaton, Taylor, Mings, Engels, Guilbert, Luiz (Hourihaane 71), Trezeguet, Grealish, McGinn, Jota (Davis 59), Wesley (Lansbury 85).

Subs not used: Steer, Ngoyo, Elmohamady, El Ghazi.

For full post-match reaction and free highlights later tonight, head over to Palace TV either by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in the app!

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Ticket News

Final tickets remaining for Villa home clash!

29 August 2019

There are a handful of tickets remaining for the Eagles' clash with Aston Villa this Saturday (31st August) and these can be purchased by Season Ticket holders and Members now.

Palace's first clash with Aston Villa since 2016 will see the newly-promoted club head to south London after a 6-1 triumph over League Two side Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup.

To watch how the Eagles fare as they host Dean Smith's men, grab your tickets before they sell-out by clicking here!

Alternatively, you can call the Box Office on 0871 200 0071 or visit in person at Selhurst Park. On Saturday, the Box Office will be open from 9am.

Don't miss out: buy here now!

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