Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa welcome Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Sunday as both teams continue their quest for a top half finish in the Premier League this season
Aston Villa will hope for a quick return to winning ways when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday as they chase a top half finish, following their 2-1 midweek defeat to Liverpool.
But the Eagles are also looking to finish inside the top 10 themselves and have been on a good run of form of late to give themselves the best chance of doing so, winning two of their past three games.
Villa sit a point and a place below Palace in 12th and a victory for either side could see them enter the top half based on other results, while the two sides also have a game in hand on other teams around them.
When is Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace?
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace will kick-off at 2pm on Sunday, May 15 at Villa Park.
The last meeting between these two sides came in the reverse league fixture back in November, when the Villains came away with a 2-1 victory over their hosts at Selhurst Park.
Matt Targett had put Villa 1-0 ahead after just 15 minutes of the game and it remained that way until John McGinn’s 86th minute strike doubled their lead, but despite Marc Guehi halving the deficit in the 90th minute, the visitors held on for all three points.
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How to watch
The match has not been selected for live television coverage but highlights will be available on Match of the Day 2 at 22:30 on BBC One.
This is also available to stream via iPlayer and the iPlayer app.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace odds from Betfred
Aston Villa – 21/20
Draw – 5/2
Crystal Palace – 5/2
*odds subject to change
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Steven Gerrard would have been disappointed that his side let their lead slip against Liverpool to come away from Tuesday’s game with nothing, but will look to pick up all three points against Palace on Sunday in order to return to winning ways.
The Villa boss has four injury concerns to contend with but could welcome back three of those for this game, as Ollie Watkins, Jacob Ramsey (groin) and Leon Bailey (ankle) will all hope to recover in time. Kortney Hause (abdominal) is expected to remain on the sidelines.
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As for Patrick Vieira, his side will be more refreshed than their hosts after not playing in midweek and he could opt to stick with the same side that beat Watford last weekend as the Eagles aim for three victories in a row.
However, he also has four injury concerns ahead of this tie, but will hope to welcome back Marc Guehi (ankle) and Vicente Guaita (calf), who will both face late fitness tests. James McArthur (calf) is expected to remain out alongside Nathan Ferguson (thigh).