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Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace – Watch Live Match Stream Online

Our live stream ahead of  Boxing days Premier League match, Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace is now up, kicking off at 15.00 GMT

You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…

Aston Villa come into the game having beaten Sam Allardyce’s West Brom 3-0 at the Hawthorns in their last Premier League outing.

An Anwar El Ghazi brace, Bertrand Traore strike and Jake Livermore’s first-half dismissal condemned Sam Allardyce to defeat in first game in charge of the Baggies.

Villa have enjoyed an excellent start to the 2020-21 season, winning seven, drawing one and losing four of their 12 league matches to collect 22 points, which has left them in ninth position in the table.

The Villains are only four points off fourth-placed Everton with two games in hand over the Toffees, and the hosts will be looking to make it three wins from their last four matches on Boxing day.

Crystal Palace will be hoping to have put the 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool behind them when they make the trip to Villa Park.

Roy Hodgson’s side had actually entered the match off the back of two impressive draws against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham but were seriously outclassed by the reigning champions.

Palace’s overall form in the Premier League this season has been relatively solid, picking up 18 points from their 14 matches to sit 13th in the table, just three points behind 10th-placed West Ham United.

Wilfried Zaha’s form has been a major plus for the capital side this season, with the attacker netting seven times in 12 Premier League appearances, but a lack of contribution in terms of goals from elsewhere is a concern heading into 2021.

Villa and Palace last met in July with Aston Villa winning 2-0 at Villa Park thanks to a Trezeguet brace…

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PRESS CONFERENCE:

Dean Smith

On team news…

“We’re expecting Ross Barkley to start training tomorrow (Wednesday) which is good news for us. Trezeguet will still be missing.”

“Ezri is back in training from tomorrow, but other than that we’re as we were with the same squad that was available for West Bromwich Albion.”

On Christmas plans…

“Everybody’s plans have changed a little bit. Last season I gave the players Christmas Day off, but I’m not doing that this season.”

“I just feel that the games are coming thick and fast and we need to be in and preparing for Palace and then Chelsea.”

“The festivities that we would normally have at Christmas are subdued due to the pandemic. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope they have as good a day as they can.”

On Villa’s progress in 2020…

“It’s been a weird year for everybody. Nobody’s been through a pandemic like this before, so there’s been a lot of new things that have happened.”

“Maintaining our status as a Premier League club was very important to us. The work that we put in after the March period was really important to that.”

“We’ve added to that squad with five quality players and we feel like we’re in a really good place to compete in every game that we play.”

“The turnaround in confidence at the football club has been really good to see. Long may that continue.”

On defensive solidity…

“I said from the outset that Ollie Watkins would bring a different dimension in terms of how we press and how good we are without the ball.”

“He’s excellent at it. He enables us to defend 10 to 15 metres higher up the pitch and that’s helped us in terms of getting clean sheets.”

“You can’t just put it on one player and it’s been a team effort to have that desire to keep the ball out the back of the net.”

“Emi Martinez has come in and given the team in front of him a lot of confidence. Ezri Konsa’s stepped up and become every bit the player we wanted him to be.”

“In general, we’ve just got a lot of players playing well at the moment. There’s a unity about the team and the teamwork that’s going on is excellent.”

On Crystal Palace…

“Crystal Palace will be smarting from the result against Liverpool. The Liverpool goalkeeper made some important saves which may have turned the game.”

“They’ve had some really good results this season, so we’ll be expecting an organised Crystal Palace team coming to put things right.”

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Roy Hodgson

On Injury news

“Gary Cahill is injured, he hasn’t recovered from a hamstring injury.”

“Apart from that it’s the long-term injuries. It’s only Gary out of the players we thought we might have available.”

On Benteke

“I’m hoping he’ll carry on where he left off.”

“I’m certain he’ll be looking forward to going back to Aston Villa, he’s in a rich vein of form.”

On Pandemic concerns – your job more difficult?

“Very good question. I don’t know that it makes my job more difficult, but we are very concerned.”

“People not being able to attend or take part due to the virus, matches postponed and training grounds shut down. It’s obviously a very concerning time but we have to be careful as football managers of lamenting too much – we’ve been very well looked after.”

“The incredible amount of testing that has given us some security, so lamenting too much would open me up to criticism from the public at large.”

Simple to move on from a bad defeat?

“All results have a result on confidence, narrow wins or defeats and heavy ones.”

“It depends on the game itself. I’ve had a few heavy defeats in the past, four or five. Some of them have been very concerning because the way the team played or what they weren’t able to do.”

“But that wasn’t the case against Liverpool, it was getting hit by a team having a wonderful day.”

“There weren’t that many lessons to be learned: it wasn’t because we were pathetic, it’s because they were so good.”

“If there’s one thing we could be accused of, it’s of trying to get back into the game in the second half.”

On Jack Grealish

“I always believed in him. It’s obviously different going back five years, he was a young person starting his rise to the top.”

“I’ve been impressed with him, especially last season. He showed a maturity to his game.”

“Now he’s the first name on everyone’s lips when preparing to face Villa, you have to try and stop or limit him.”

January window

“There’s a lot of things that could happen.”

“We haven’t had a lot of discussions about that, we’ve not sat down and seriously thought of what we need to do because to be honest we’ve got a good squad and a big squad.”

“A Premier League club has to be alert to players who could come our way and contracts of players that could be moving on or leaving a gap in the squad.”

Grieving after Liverpool defeat

“It wasn’t tough. The two days we had were away from the club after a busy period.”

“By the time we met again we were getting back to preparing for the next game.”

“I don’t know that I should have used the word ‘grieving’ – there are some people doing serious grieving and not just over a football result.”

Lifting confidence – five scored at West Brom

“I’m afraid that is too simplistic. West Brom are West Brom, Villa are Villa.”

“Everything we talk to the players about will be what we think is necessary to get a good result from this game, maximising our strengths and negating our weaknesses.”

“I don’t think players should lose confidence after Liverpool – they should be disappointed. But we played really well the three games before and again in some parts against Liverpool.”

More PL wins against Villa for you than any other side

“I’ve never played against them! Managers don’t play. I’m fortunate to have had one or two good clubs along the way.”

Zaha named Fans’ Player of the Year

“He’s constantly evolving. Aware about needing to bring end products to his game. Always been an assister, now working hard to chip in with goals of his own.”

“He’s done pretty well in general goalscoring table and top of ours.”

“He’s probably in his best footballing years, he’s around 28, really the time players should be producing their best and pleased for Wilf that fans have seen it that way to vote for him.”

FORM:

Aston Villa Premier League form: WLLWDW

Crystal Palace Premier League form: LLWDDL

LINEUPS:

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Hause, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; El Ghazi, Grealish, Traore; Watkins

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Riedewald, McArthur, Eze; Zaha, Benteke

THATSAGOAL TIP:

Jack Grealish Anytime Goalscorer – 2/1 with FanTeam

The Aston Villa captain didn’t get on the scoresheet against West Brom last time out but was absolutely pivotal to his team’s success. Grealish set up two goals and created eight chances as he continues his fantastic form.

Crystal Palace will no doubt allow Villa space to attack and Grealish has the ability to punish them with a well-placed effort from the edge of the box or timely run between the defensive lines. He offers value at 2/1.

www.fanbanter.co.uk – Fan reaction to the latest football news, gossip & funnies

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