Aston Villa have been incredibly streaky of late, so are they about to start another run of positive results?
When Unai Emery first took over, the Villans won five out of eight, but then lost three in a row, conceding 11 times in this fixtures.
However, last weekend, the Claret and Blue Army got back to winning ways by claiming a 2-0 victory against Everton.
Ollie Watkins’ penalty and then Emi Buendía’s cool finish ensuring they left Goodison with the points.
So, given their continued inconsistency, Aston Villa remain 11th, ten clear of any danger.
Crystal Palace meanwhile kick off just one place and four points below their hosts.
Patrick Vieira’s team played out a bore goalless draw with Liverpool last Saturday night, in a leading contender for most dull game of the season.
So, the Eagles are still winless since New Years’ Eve, but have drawn five of their last six, their sole defeat in this period coming at Old Trafford.
Palace have only won one of their last 12 visits to Villa Park, this a 1-0 victory on Boxing Day 2013, with Dwight Gayle scoring in stoppage time.
Almost a decade on, a home win seems likely.
Emi Martínez was crowned FIFA’s best goalkeeper of 2022 on Monday, but will be targeting back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since October here.
He could be part of an unchanged XI, with Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins leading the line.
Watkins has scored in five consecutive top-flight games, with the last Villa player to achieve this Paul Rideout in the early ‘90s.
Predicted XI (4-4-2): Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; Douglas Luiz, Kamara, McGinn, Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins.
The visitors are still without Wilfried Zaha, although their talisman is expected to be back in action soon.
Jean-Philippe Mateta scored when Villa visited Selhurst Park in August, but his unconvincing performance last weekend means Odsonne Édouard could return here.
Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga continues to impress in midfield, enjoying playing alongside Cheick Doucouré.
Eberechi Eze could remain amongst the substitutes, with Jeffrey Schlupp getting the nod on the left.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Guiata; Clyne, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Doucouré, Sambi Lokonga, Ayew, Olise, Schlupp; Édouard.
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