Crystal Palace welcome Aston Villa to Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Patrick Vieira’s side have emerged with a point from a tough opening set of fixtures which pitted Palace against two of last season’s top five. Steven Gerrard’s Villa have had a far more agreeable schedule against newly-promoted Bournemouth and nearly-relegated Everton but could claim just one unconvincing victory against the latter.
Here’s everything you need to know about the managerial meeting between two inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Channel: BT Sport Score (Studio Updates Only)
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Broadcast Time: 15:00 (BST)
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Broadcast Time EST: 10:00
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Broadcast Time (EST): 10:00
Where can you watch Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Highlights?
Channel: Sky Football
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H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Crystal Palace: 1 Win
Aston Villa: 3 Wins
Draws: 1 Draw
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Crystal Palace: DWWLD
Aston Villa: WDWLW
Crystal Palace team news
Vieira was able to give Michael Olise a few minutes at the end of Palace’s creditable draw against Liverpool on Monday night but is still waiting on a return for James McArthur.
James Tomkins joins goalkeeper Jack Butland on the sidelines while Nathan Ferguson suffered another injury setback earlier in August.
Crystal Palace Starting 11: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Schlupp; Ayew, Eze, Zaha; Edouard
Bench: Johnstone, Ward, Milivojevic, Mateta, Hughes, Ebiowei, Richards, Olise, Plange
Aston Villa team news
No sooner had Gerrard brought a centre-back back into the fold than he lost another. Tyrone Mings looked his manager in the eyes just in time as the former captain’s importance ballooned following the Achilles tendon rupture suffered by summer arrival Diego Carlos.
While the Brazilian is set to be sidelined for six months, Ezri Konsa is all but guaranteed to restore his partnership with Mings at the back as fellow defender Kortney Hause is continuing his recovery from a knee injury.
Philippe Coutinho and Matty Cash were both forced off in the closing stages of Villa’s frantic win over Everton but Gerrard insisted: “We’ll have enough time to get them right for next week.”
Whether Coutinho warrants a starting berth ahead of last week’s game-changer Emi Buendia is an altogether different question.
Aston Villa Starting 11: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, Ramsey; Coutinho; Ings, Watkins
Bench: Olsen, Luiz, Buendia, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young, Bailey, Archer. Nakamba
Just two places and three points separated these clubs when all was said and done last season and nothing could divide the sides when they met in May.
In what may be another even edition, stay tuned until the end as nine of Crystal Palace’s last ten league goals against Villa have been scored in the final 20 minutes (per BBC).
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa