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Preview: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

12 January 2016


INTRO
After beating Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday in the first of three successive away games in the space of a week, the Eagles now head to Birmingham to take on rock-bottom Aston Villa with Alan Pardew's men looking to extend their four game unbeaten run on their travels.

Remi Garde's side are currently 11 points from safety and will be desperate to win their first home league game of the season and their first match in 19 games, however they haven't scored at Villa Park against the Eagles since September 2004.

The previous games since then have been close affairs with Palace winning 1-0 in 2013/14 before a goalless draw last year, and having gone three league outings with a goal they will be hoping there won't be a re-occurrence of that particular scoreline this time round.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Remi Garde: “As a manager I’ve never been involved in this kind of situation but in 35 years in football, I’ve been through this kind of situation as a player.

“The extra game through the replay with Wycombe is not the best news, but we can only hope we have some players back after injury.

“Every week I’m speaking about confidence, but we have to try to have more confidence. I’m not waiting on a parcel in the post that will be full of confidence. We have to be professional and generate it for ourselves.”


TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa: Captain Micah Richards should be fit for this game despite limping off against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday with a foot injury, but Jack Grealish is struggling to make it due to a bout of tonsillitis.

Gabriel Agbonlahor is also likely to miss out with a back problem, with Jordan Amavi out long-term with a knee ligament injury. Carlos Sanchez, Alan Hutton and Adama Traore are also sidelined through injury.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew is hopeful to have Connor Wickham back after the striker missed the past couple of games with a hamstring strain.

Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie won't travel as they have yet to recover from their respective ailments, and Keith Millen also admitted that a couple of other players are struggling with knocks.


STATS
Aston Villa have lost four out of the last six league meetings between the teams (W1, D1).

Palace have the best away defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just seven goals in their nine away games this season.

Villa's Premier League winless run now stands at 19 games (D5, L14) - the joint fourth-worst ever.

Aston Villa's tally of eight points is the third lowest after 20 games of a Premier League season. Only Sunderland (six) in 2005-06 and Derby (seven) in 2007-08 had lower totals at this stage. Both were relegated.


OFFICIALS

Mark Clattenburg takes charge of the Eagles for the second time this season, having previously overseen the 3-1 home loss against West Ham United which saw Dwight Gayle receive Palace's only red card of the season.

Referee: M Clattenburg
Assistants: J Collin and R West
Fourth Official: J Moss


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Aston Villa winsDrawsPalace wins
League111010
FA Cup310
League Cup331
Total171411


LAST MEETING AT VILLA PARK

1st January 2015
Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Prospective Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew saw the London club claim a goalless draw in a turgid encounter with Aston Villa.

There was precious little excitement during 90 largely chanceless minutes at Villa Park.

Villa created more opportunities, with Christian Benteke and Alan Hutton both testing Julian Speroni with shots.

Palace had the clearest opening, but Yannick Bolasie struck the crossbar after breaking past the home defence.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available to season ticket holders and members at four tickets per client reference number and will be on sale until 11am from the box office.

Adults - £37.00
Over 65 - £29.00
18-20 Years, students and Armed Forces - £29.00
8-17 Years - £16.00
Under 8 - £12.00  


TRAVEL
For directions on how to get to Villa Park, read our away ground guide here.

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Villa Parl will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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