Team news and statistics ahead of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday; start 15:00.
Aston Villa Midfielder Ross Barkley is expected to be available against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
The midfielder has been out for a month with a tendon problem, but is back in training, while Ezri Konsa has also shaken off the disease.
Trezeguet is left without a thigh injury and, although Wesley has started running again, the striker will not return from a long-term knee injury until next year.
Palace will be without former Villa Defender Gary Cahill at Villa Park.
The experienced central defender was ruled out due to a tendon injury after hitting the Liverpool champions 7-0 last weekend.
Striker Christian Benteke – another former Villa player – is returning due to a one-match ban, but Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho (both calves) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are left out.
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Jones knows how to predict
We’ve been through just over a third of the season and the Premier League is starting to take shape. It is the time of year in which the league table does not lie now. And Aston Villa is up there in ninth place. With two games in hand, too.
Beat those and they would be second.
Dean Smith looks like that, while he also supports the most important performance metrics. They conceded just 13 goals, only Man City (12) conceded fewer, and Smith’s team has already kept as many clean goals this season as they did last (7). The top six in 6/1 makes an appeal.
If the Villa improves, the Palace is flat. They have exactly the same record as last season with five wins, three draws and six defeats since the opening of their opening 14 games. Villas are simply the better side. Home win.
JONES KNOWS FORECASTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
- Aston Villa have won two of their last three Premier League games against Crystal Palace (L1), as many as they had in the previous 12 against them in the competition (W2 D5 L5).
- Crystal Palace have won just one of eight Premier League away games against Aston Villa (D3 L4), beating them 1-0 in December 2013.
- Crystal Palace have never scored more than once in 17 away games against Aston Villa (W3 D4 L10), scoring a total of 11 goals in that series.
- Aston Villa have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games on Boxing Day (D4 L5), although this came against Norwich last season. They last won the top games of consecutive Boxing Days 1988/1989.
- Of all the teams that will play at least 10 Premier League games on Boxing Day, Crystal Palace games recorded the lowest goal-per-game ratio (1.5), with the Eagles scoring eight and conceding seven in their 10 matches.
- Aston Villa has so far maintained seven clean sheets of the Premier League this season, more than any other side and as many as it held throughout 2019-20. The Villans have not conceded any of their last three Premier League games, most recently having a long run of first-tier eliminations in February 2010 (4).
- Crystal Palace have conceded in each of their last 13 Premier League games since beating Southampton 1-0 at the weekend opening. The Eagles have conceded as many goals in a 0-7 defeat to Liverpool last time as they have in their six previous league leagues. match together.
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