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Aston Villa are set to take on Crystal Palace at Villa Park this Saturday in the English Premier League. The hosts have amassed six points from the 12 available in the current season, while the visiting team has collected seven points from their initial four top-flight matches. Here are the Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace predicted lineups ahead of the Saturday afternoon class.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace predicted lineups and news
Aston Villa heads into this match after experiencing a 3-0 loss to Liverpool in their last outing. Goals from Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai and Egyptian attacker Mohamed Salah, along with an own goal by right-back Matty Cash, secured the victory for the All Reds.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace celebrated a 3-2 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their previous match. French attacker Odsonne Edouard netted two goals, and midfielder Eberechi Eze contributed another to secure the victory for Crystal Palace. Wolverhampton Wanderers, in the meantime, saw South Korean attacker Hwang Hee-chan and Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha on the scoresheet.
Team news: Aston Villa
Aston Villa will have to cope without the services of Emiliano Buendía, Jacob Ramsey, Tyrone Mings, and Tim Iroegbunam due to injuries. Additionally, Diego Carlos and Alex Moreno face significant uncertainties.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 7, 2023
Moreno has resumed training following his thigh problem, so Aston Villa fans can be hopeful of seeing him get some minutes against Palace. Even a start for the ex-Real Betis forward could be on the cards.
Carlos, however, is highly unlikely to recover before the game. Emery may opt to address the absence of the Brazilian defender by switching to a 4-4-2 formation, with Ezri Konsa partnering either Clement Lenglet or Pau Torres in central defence, flanked by full-backs Lucas Digne and Matty Cash.
Moussa Diaby and Ollie Watkins are expected to lead the line. Youri Tielemans might have to stay content with a place on the bench as Douglas Luiz, Boubacar Kamara, and John McGinn remain Emery’s preferred midfield trio.
Aston Villa predicted lineup (4-4-2)
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; Bailey, Kamara, Luiz, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins.
Team news: Crystal Palace
Michael Olise and the summer signing Matheus Franca remain sidelined, dealing with respective hamstring and back injuries. Additionally, Marc Guehi’s availability is questionable after being substituted at half-time during England’s win over Scotland due to an unspecified issue. This situation might lead to Rob Holding making his debut for Crystal Palace, possibly alongside Joachim Andersen in the core of the Eagles’ defence.
Morning, Rob 👋😎 pic.twitter.com/4nrbpXFnbT
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 15, 2023
Will Hughes, having made a successful return from a knee injury, had his first outing of the season as a late substitute in the victory over Wolves. The midfielder is a contender for a starting place alongside Cheick Doucouré and Jefferson Lerma in the upcoming match against Villa, while Eze and Edouard are set to maintain their positions at the frontline.
Crystal Palace predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)
Johnstone; Ward, Holding, Andersen, Mitchell; Doucoure, Lerma; Ayew, Eze, Schlupp; Edouard
Will Rob Holding play today?
Rob Holding is expected to make his Crystal Palace debut against Aston Villa. The Englishman is yet to grace the pitch for his new club following his summer move to Selhurst Park from Arsenal. Since Marc Guehi is a doubt after limping off the pitch during the England vs. Scotland match, Roy Hodgson is highly likely to pick Holding in the starting XI.
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