Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from defeat when they host Crystal Palace in their next game in the Premier League. One point separates these two sides in the league standings, Palace with 44 points in 11th place while Villa have 43 points in 12th place. Aston Villa are coming from a 2-1 loss to Liverpool, a result that ended their three-game unbeaten run and they have two clean sheets in the last four matches. In their last five matches, Villa have won twice and lost twice but they will be keen on improving their home run, which has three losses in the last four matches. They’ve failed to score in two if their last four home games but they have two clean sheets in five games at home. The 2-1 win over Crystal Palace away in November was Villa’s third victory in four meetings with Palace and they will be out to extend this dominance.
Crystal Palace have really stabilized under Patrick Vieira and a top-half finish is in sight. They go into this game after back-to-back wins over Southampton and Watford, which makes it three unbeaten matches. They’ve really improved in attack in the last two games, having failed to score in the earlier three matches, and they get into this game with two clean sheets in the last three matches. Just like Villa needs to improve on home form, Crystal Palace also have some work to do on their away form. They’ve lost three of their last four away matches and have failed to score in two of the last three away matches. Two times in the four away matches, they’ve conceded two goals. In the last four meetings with Villa, the Eagles have managed just one win and in each of the four meetings, they’ve conceded two or more goals.
None of the last seven matches between these two sides has ended in a draw but there are all the writings for this to produce a draw. These two sides aren’t on really great runs, and they don’t have much to play for at this stage of the season so back it to produce a draw.