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Preview: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

21 August 2015


INTRO

Palace have a chance to get their first home points of the season, having narrowly missed out on anything last weekend against Arsenal. The six wins earned at Selhurst Park last season is still a statistic that looms large, with Alan Pardew saying yesterday that he is targeting wins in at least half of the matches in SE25 this term.

The Eagles are still sitting comfortably in mid-table following the opening day victory away to Norwich City, but they will be keen to get another three points on the board this Saturday, with a trip to Chelsea and the visit of Manchester City on the horizon.

Tim Sherwood's side sit in a similar position, having one on the opening day to a newly promoted side - Bournemouth - before narrowly losing to top four contenders in Manchester United. They will be looking to take the three points from Palace on Saturday, having managed to beat the Eagles at Selhurst Park last term.

Though Christian Benteke - the only scorer in that victory last season - has since elft for Liverpool, Sherwood has bolstered his squad with a number of interesting signings, making Villa look like tough opponents.

OPPOSITION VIEW


Tim Sherwood: "Alan Pardew is a good manager. He gets on with it and is a model professional.

"We look to strengthen in every department. We want to get a better balance this season. It's a team effort, it's me, plus the scouting network and the chairman deciding what's best for the club.

"The average age of our signings this summer is 23. We're building for the future."

TEAM NEWS


Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has confirmed that Marouane Chamakh is still on the road to recovery, but played for the Development side on Monday and will do again next Monday. The manager suggested the Moroccan forward would be back in first team action after the international break.

Julian Speroni continues to recover from a ligament injury, which has kept the Eagles legend out of action since the pre-season trip to South Africa. he is back in training, but still recovering and therefore not available. Summer signing Bakary Sako is available and will play some part for Palace.

Aston Villa: The visitors will be without influential midfielder Carles Gil, who is out injured, along with summer signing Jose Angel Crespo - who limped off on his debut against Nottingham Forest.

Gary Gardner and Jores Okore will both miss out through injury as well, whilst Jack Grealish is likely to be included in Tim Sherwood's matchday squad in some capacity, despite a slight hamstring issue.

STATS

Palace have taken more points from Villa than any other team during their time in the Premier League (17), one more than the Eagles have taken from Everton.

The most recent meeting with Villa was the only time Palace have lost in the two clubs' last six meetings, winning three times and drawing the other two.

Games between Palace and Villa tend to be low scoring, averaging just 1.58 goals per game in the Premier League, with only three goals being scored across the last four top flight meetings between the two sides.

Villa have only scored twice in their last ten visits to London, though both those goals sealed 1-0 wins.

OFFICIALS


Keith Stroud only took charge of one Premier League match last season: Palace's 2-0 home win over Leicester City in September 2014. Palace have won six of the 12 games Stroud has refereed in, drawing two and losing four.

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: P Kirkup and M Perry
Fourth Official: R Madley

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace wins
DrawVilla wins
League
910
11
FA Cup
0
1
3
League Cup
1
3
3
Total
10
14
17

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK


2nd December 2014
Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa
Premier League

The Eagles looked dangerous for most of the game in early December, as Neil Warnock desperately looked to pick up points before the busy festive period.

Despite having chances and looking the more likely to score, with Villa sitting deep and then-manager Paul Lambert happy to see them defending their away point, Christian Benteke capitalised on a mistake by Scott Dann to bear down on goal and coolly finish.

The Belgian's effort was the only goal of the game and did little to lift the spirits around Selhurst Park.

TICKETS
There are a limited number of tickets still available for this game, though they are subject to availability.

Click HERE to visit the club's online box office to buy tickets.

PRE-MATCH OFFER

At the bar concourses around the stadium the club are offering a pre-match special as you can buy a burger and a pint for just £5. 
(Offer excludes the Giant Killer burger.)

STADIUM RULES:  

Unless otherwise directed by the Safety Officer, soft drinks in plastic containers for personal use only will be allowed inside the stadium at the discretion of the searching steward, but these must be under one litre in size and have unbroken seals on them (to avoid alcohol being brought into the stadium). Glass bottles will not be allowed. 

Once inside the stadium, soft drinks for personal use only will be allowed to be taken to the seated area, provided they are under one litre in size. 

Premier League stadia are smoke-free and smoking or the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted inside the Ground

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the match will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to login or sign up.

The club will also provide live updates via the official Twitter account: @CPFC.

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