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Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips: Nothing at stake for mid-table foes

| 15.05.2021
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Preview and odds for Sunday’s game

Crystal Palace and Aston Villa both have very little to play for and an early kick-off hardly adds to the hope of an entertaining match at Selhurst Park.

Neither team can make much progress up the Premier League table but neutrals will be hoping the lack of pressure means they go for goals.

Sunday’s match is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 12.00pm as we highlight a few potential Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa match odds

Palace look ready for the season to be over after losing four of their last five matches, with the exception being a 2-0 win at rock-bottom Sheffield United.

Their hopes of building on the win against the Blades looked good when Christian Benteke put them ahead at Southampton inside just two minutes.

It went wrong after that, though, as Danny Ings bagged a brace for Saints either side of a goal from Che Adams while Palace captain Luka Milivojevic squandered a first-half penalty.

Palace’s poor end to the season means they are 21/10 underdogs to win their final home game in what could prove to be manager Roy Hodgson’s last match in charge here, with speculation he will leave the role at the end of the season.

Villa have performed better on their travels than at home this season, winning eight away games compared to six at home, and are 27/20 to extend that gap while a draw is 12/5.

Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa head-to-head

Villa are looking to complete the double over Palace after a comfortable 3-0 victory in the Boxing Day clash at Villa Park despite playing with 10 men for more than half the match.

The hosts led through Bertrand Traore’s early opener and should have been further ahead when Tyrone Mings was shown two yellow cards in quick succession just before half-time.

Palace were unable to take advantage, though, failing to seriously test Emi Martinez in a second half that saw Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi extend Villa’s lead.

Villa lost 1-0 on their last visit to Selhurst Park and these teams rarely produce end-to-end thrillers.

Backing ‘no’ in the both teams to score market has paid out in eight of the last nine meetings and is 11/10 to be repeated.

Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 17/20 and has occurred in seven of those nine games.

Previous XI

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa - Football tactics and formations
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Davis.

Team news

Crystal Palace could have limited options at full-back with Patrick Van Aanholt and Nathaniel Clyne doubts. Dutch defender Van Aanholt has a family issue to resolve, while Clyne has suffered with illness in recent days. The Eagles remain without Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (match fitness), James McArthur (calf) and Connor Wickham (muscle).

Jack Grealish is available again for Villa after making his comeback in Thursday’s 0-0 draw at home to Everton, while Ollie Watkins returns from suspension.

Key battles

Palace may be in poor form but the same cannot be said for Benteke, who has netted five goals in his last 11 appearances.

He is up against his former team here and is 2/1 to find the net or 5/1 to open the scoring as he has done in the second minute of each of the last two games.

Mings will be up against him and looking to stay on the pitch for the full 90 minutes this time.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.