[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Aston Villa XI to face Crystal Palace – Can the Villans maintain impressive form?


Predicted Aston Villa XI to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Aston Villa will take on Crystal Palace for a Boxing Day fixture in the Premier League. Villa have started to gather some good momentum as they have won 2 of their last 3 games. They swat aside a hapless West Brom side in their last game.

Palace will have to power through their recent results, one of which was a 7-goal stomping from Liverpool. Having won just one of their last 5 games, they are not in great shape. Expect Villa to hold the advantage over them here.

Team News

There will be a few names who will likely miss the trip to West Ham. Wesley and Trezeguet are surely ruled out for this one. Ross Barkley, who was recovering, could end up featuring in some capacity. Ezri Konsa could also play a part on his return. Not many injuries to speak of.

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Aston Villa’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on October 23, 2020. (Photo by NICK POTTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Probable Aston Villa XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Emiliano Martinez (GK)

The former Arsenal man is enjoying being first-choice and will keep his place between the sticks. Has often bailed out his side in crucial games with some great stops.

Matt Targett (LB)

Target keeps his place as left-back after the Brighton game.

Tyrone Mings (CB)

Villa’s best defender for a while now. Will have to deal with Chistian Benteke for this one.

Kortney Hause (CB)

Has continued his good form in the absence of Ezri Konsa.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Matty Cash of Aston Villa is challenged by Marcal of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on December 12, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Matty Cash (RB)

Matty Cash has settled in well at the club and keeps his place on the right side of the defence.

Douglas Luiz (DM)

He is repaying the faith shown in him. Has been quite a reliable presence in midfield for them.

John McGinn (DM)

One of Villa’s best players in midfield and remains vital to how the pace of the game is controlled.

Bertrand Traore (RW)

The former Chelsea man has been doing well in the last few games and thus keeps his place.

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 20: Bertrand Traore of Aston Villa celebrates with Ollie Watkins after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on December 20, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby – Pool/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish (AM)

He is undoubtedly their best player and an undisputed starter. A lot will be riding on the captain if they are to keep winning.

Anwar El Ghazi (RW)

With Trezeguet out for the time being and Traore playing on the other flank, El Ghazi continues to feature on the right.

Ollie Watkins (ST)

Ollie Watkins proved to everyone that Villa didn’t make any mistake with his signing. May not be in the best of goalscoring form but will fancy his chances against a demoralised Palace side.