Patrick Vieira’s impressive Crystal Palace will be looking to build on their unbeaten run as they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
After going seven games unbeaten in the Premier League – which included an impressive away victory at Manchester City – Crystal Palace have proven to be a tough opponent to break down under the Frenchman.
The Eagles’ last fixture involved six goals away to Burnley – with five coming in an enthralling first half – during their 3-3 draw and Palace’s seventh draw in the league which is the highest of any team.
Remarkably, Patrick Vieira’s side last tasted defeat all the way back in mid-September when they lost 3-0 away to Liverpool.
With three wins, seven draws and just two defeats, Palace will be looking to convert their draws into victories and build on their current 10th place position.
Steven Gerrard got off to a dream start with his new side as Aston Villa defeated Brighton to break their run of five successive defeats.
The Villains left it until the final ten minutes of the game with the match still at 0-0 and neither side able to break the deadlock until a flurry of goals from Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings secured three points and a winning start for Gerrard.
The victory comes following a poor spell which ultimately saw Dean Smith sacked as manager – their last win coming in September away to Manchester United.
With Manchester City, Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea to come in their next six games, Gerrard has a tricky set a fixtures ahead and a trip to Anfield to enjoy in December.
Palace received a huge boost to their forward line following the return of Eberechi Eze who finally returned from his long-term injury.
Only James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are out of contention for Vieira who both are yet to have a confirmed return date to the pitch.
As for Villa, they are slowly seeing their long injury list shorten following the returns of Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Ezri Konsa who all started against Brighton.
Douglas Luiz remains out through a hamstring injury as well as Bertrand Traore who is still being assessed and is out of contention for the weekend.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 27th November 2021