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Villa Park (ATT 37,752) 26th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

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Premier League preview: Aston Villa host Crystal Palace at Villa Park

Last Updated: 24/12/13 12:05pm

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Paul Lambert: His side welcome Crystal Palace to Villa Park

Paul Lambert: His side welcome Crystal Palace to Villa Park

Aston Villa welcome Crystal Palace to Villa Park on Boxing Day, with both sides looking to return to winning ways.

The hosts have suffered defeat in their last three Premier League outings and have not claimed three points at home since the 2-0 win over Cardiff on November 9.

Paul Lambert's side have slipped to 13th in the table following their recent run of poor form and just six points now separates themselves and the relegation zone which they will be hoping to pull away from with a positive result.

Palace enter the game having lost their last two, although their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle was their first loss at home since October.

The arrival of Tony Pulis appears to have boosted the Eagles' survival chances, but they have only managed to claim three points on the road just once this season, beating Hull 1-0 last month.

Depending on other results, a rare away win for Palace could see them climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September.

Paul Merson's prediction

This is a massive game and one that Villa have to win, in my opinion. If they lose, I think they could become one of the teams that get relegated; you always get a side that gets on a slippery slope and can't win a game for toffee and, with Christian Benteke out, Villa are in trouble.

If Villa don't beat Palace that will be four on the trot without a win and even though Palace have been brought back down to earth and are making bad mistakes, I think they will do enough to get a draw as Villa will really miss Benteke.


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Villa are set to be without last season's top scorer Christian Benteke, who has been ruled out for the Christmas period with a knee injury.

However, Gabriel Agbonlahor is available for selection once again having served his one-match suspension.

Ashley Westwood will miss out due to a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards, while captain Ron Vlaar (calf) is a major doubt.

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Palace striker Marouane Chamakh will be absent for the visitors after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle.

Tony Pulis has a number of injury worries to contend with, but Stuart O'Keefe (muscle injury) and Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) could return if they pass late fitness tests.

Jerome Thomas (calf), Adlene Guedioura (rib), Jack Hunt (ankle), Glenn Murray (ACL knee ligament injury) and Paddy McCarthy (groin) are all set to miss the trip to Villa Park.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Hutton 21 Hutton
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Senderos 14 Senderos
  • Cissokho 23 Cissokho
  • Westwood 15 Westwood
  • Delph 16 Delph
  • N'Zogbia 28 N'Zogbia

  • Richardson 18 Richardson
  • Weimann 10 Weimann

  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor

Team taken from Aston Villa vs Stoke City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 16th August 2014

  • Speroni 1 Speroni
  • Kelly 34 Kelly
  • Dann 6 Dann

  • Hangeland 4 Hangeland
  • Ward 2 Ward
  • Puncheon 42 Puncheon
  • Jedinak 15 Jedinak
  • Ledley 28 Ledley
  • Bolasie 7 Bolasie

  • Chamakh 29 Chamakh
  • Campbell 10 Campbell

Team taken from Crystal Palace vs Arsenal (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 16th August 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 1 3
2 Manchester City 1 3
3 Arsenal 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 3
5 Swansea City 1 3
6 Aston Villa 1 3
7 Hull City 1 3
8 Tottenham Hotspur 1 3
9 Everton 1 1
10 Leicester City 1 1
11 Sunderland 1 1
12 West Bromwich Albion 1 1
13 Crystal Palace 1 0
14 Manchester United 1 0
15 Southampton 1 0
16 Queens Park Rangers 1 0
17 Stoke City 1 0
18 West Ham United 1 0
19 Burnley 1 0
20 Newcastle United 1 0