C Palace v Aston Villa team news & stats

Date published: Thursday 1st January 1970 12:00

C Palace v Aston Villa team news & stats

Bakary Sako is available and will make his Palace debut at some stage, but neither Marouane Chamakh nor Julian Speroni will be involved despite returning to training.
Villa, meanwhile, should have Jack Grealish and Carles Gil and new signing Adama Traore available, but Jores Okore (knee) and Jose Angel Crespo (groin) remain on the sidelines.
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Crystal Palace have only lost one of their last six Premier League encounters with Aston Villa, winning three and drawing two.
The last four top-tier clashes between these two sides have produced just three goals in total.
Meetings between these two sides in the Premier League have averaged just 1.58 goals per game. Only two clashes have seen fewer goals per game on average (minimum 10 meetings).
The Eagles have lost four of their last five Premier League games at Selhurst Park, conceding exactly two goals in each of these defeats.
Aston Villa are looking to win back-to-back away games in the Premier League for the first time since their opening two away trips last season.
The Villans have scored just two goals in their last 10 trips to London in the Premier League, but both of these goals have sealed 1-0 wins.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored against 32/36 of the different Premier League opponents he’s faced but is yet to score in four PL apps against Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa attempted just nine shots (excluding blocked) in their first two games in 2015-16; fewer than any other Premier League team.
The Eagles have conceded 34 fouls so far in this season’s Premier League, more than any other side.
Of the 282 substitutions that Aston Villa have made in the Premier League since October 2012, only two have scored (Gestude v Bournemouth in Aug 2015 & Kozak v Norwich in Sept 2013).
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