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Preview: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

2 December 2014

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After claiming four points from their last two outings, Palace enter December in good form aiming to continue their climb up the Premier League table during the hectic Christmas period.

Tonight they entertain an Aston Villa side who have been struggling of late. Paul Lambert's men haven't won in the league for nine games with six successive defeats followed by three draws on the bounce, with their lack of goals hampering them with just seven strikes finding the net in the league.

Selhurst Park isn't their happiest hunting grounds, with Villa's last league win against Palace in SE25 coming in 1980, and they have failed to score in seven of their last eight league trips to play the Eagles. Their recent form in London isn't the best either, taking just eight points from their travels to the capital since the start of last season.

Assistant boss Roy Keane walked out on the club last week ahead of their 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday which saw them concede an 88th minute penalty, and that result leaves Villa just two points outside the relegation zone.


Crystal Palace: Dwight Gayle is struggling to be fit for tonight's game after injuring his hip in Saturday's game at Swansea. The striker was replaced by James McArthur who could get a start, or Neil Warnock may opt for Fraizer Campbell if Palace's top scorer isn't fit.

Damien Delaney will also miss out with a calf strain and Adrian Mariappa will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury sustained in training before the Liverpool victory.

Having seen his side play 72 hours earlier, Warnock may make also make some changes in regards to fitness.

Aston Villa: Christian Benteke returns for Villa after missing out on the last three games through suspension.

Ciaran Clark should feature despite suffering blurred vision against Burnley on Saturday, but fellow defenders Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker are out.

England international Fabian Delph and striker Libor Kozak are also unavailable for Lambert.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: S Burt and E Smart
Fourth Official: A Taylor

Palace winsDrawsAston Villa wins
FA Cup013
League Cup133


12th April 2014
Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
Premier League

Jason Puncheon was Palace's hero as he scored the only goal of the game to beat Aston Villa and put the Eagles on the brink of a second successive season in the Premier League.

The winger notched his sixth of the season 15 minutes from time when he netted with a shot on the turn via the woodwork to clinch the win in a game that was lacking in quality but plenty of action.

The woodwork was less kind to Puncheon with five minutes to go as he attempted to seal the victory by bursting down the right and cutting inside before smacking the base of the post.

But in the dying stages Julian Speroni ensured that Palace took home all the points when he made a magnificent reaction save to deny Andreas Weimann who connected with a Grant Holt header and give the Eagles a third successive win the top flight for the first time since 1994.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.

Tickets are still on sale for this game in all areas of the stadium, and category B prices apply.

Adults may use unused junior season tickets to gain entry as this is a midweek game.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets or you can call the box office on 08712 00 00 71. 

Crystal Palace to win: 21/20
Draw: 23/10
Aston Villa to win: 13/5
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Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

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