These two sides meet just under a month since their last encounter at Selhurst Park when a Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game to end a run of three straight defeats against Crystal Palace without scoring.
That goal was a rarity for Villa this campaign with their total of 11 goals being the lowest number throughout the Premier and Football League competitions this season. They have drawn a blank in front of goal in ten of their 19 league matches.
At the other end of the pitch the clean sheet in the fixture against Sunderland on Sunday was the first one they have kept at Villa Park in eight games.
Crystal Palace: Caretaker manager Keith Millen will be in charge once again for this game and will be without captain Mile Jedinak who is away on international duty. The visitors will be without striker Marouane Chamakh due to a hamstring injury but there are no other injury concerns for Palace going into this game.
Referee: Mr Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: G. Beswick & I. Hussin
Fourth Official: M. Clattenburg
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Thursday 26th December 2013
Aston Villa 0 Crystal Palace 1
Barclays Premier League.
Dwight Gayle's injury-time winner moved Crystal Palace out of the Premier League bottom three as Aston Villa slumped to a fourth straight loss.
Substitute Gayle, who was introduced after 72 minutes, gave Villa keeper Brad Guzan no chance as he fired into the top corner.
Ex-Villa midfielder Barry Bannan and Jason Puncheon both went close while Villa struggled to produce much goal threat.
The match looked destined to be a goalless draw until substitute Gayle produced a moment of brilliance to continue Palace's good run of results.
Watch highlights here on Palace Player.
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