Aston Villa take on the visitors Crystal Palace in the round 5 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, September 16th at Villa Park (Birmingham).
Aston Villa are participating in European competitions this season. Villa parted ways with Steven Gerrard a little less than a year ago. While he didn't spend much time with the team, he did help them avoid relegation. Under Gerrard, the team elevated its performance, narrowly missing out on a sixth-place finish but securing qualification for the Conference League. They comfortably defeated Hibernian in the qualifiers with scores of 5-0 and 3-0. In the Premier League, Villa had mixed results. They began with a humiliating 1-5 loss to Newcastle, a potential competitor. However, they bounced back with consecutive victories against Everton (4-0) and Burnley (3-1). September ended with another heavy defeat, this time 0-3.
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Crystal Palace have shown that even with a veteran manager, you can achieve decent results. In the season before last, their first under Vieira, the Eagles made significant progress. However, things went awry during the 2022/2023 season, leading to the dismissal of Patrick Vieira and the return of Roy Hodgson, his predecessor. Fortunately, Hodgson accepted the offer and first saved them from the threat of relegation to the Championship in the spring. Then, in August and early September, they accumulated a decent number of points, even without their long-time leader, Zaha, who moved to the Turkish Süper Lig to earn money. They started with an away win against newcomers Sheffield United, followed by a loss to the formidable Arsenal. However, they managed to earn a draw against Brentford away (1-1) and secured a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton.
In the previous season, both teams secured home victories. It's likely that the dynamics will continue, at least in this match. We believe the hosts will win here.
Prediction for the match: Aston Villa to win.