While Patrick Vieira’s side did not exactly enjoy the easiest of summers, elements of their performances against Arsenal and Liverpool have been impressive, with the Villa clash perhaps offering more of a realistic chance of three points.
Indeed, although Steven Gerrard overcame Frank Lampard last time out, the pressure remains. Despite spending big money, Villa are yet to truly convince under his watch.
Two clubs with ambitions to break into the top half at least this season, here’s everything you need to know about the game
Date, kick-off time and venue
The Premier League game is scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday August 20th, 2022.
Selhurst Park in London will host.
Where to watch Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
The game will not be broadcast live in the UK due to it taking place during the blackout imposed on English football.
Match of the Day, however, will broadcast highlights when it airs at 10.30pm on Saturday.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa team news
Vieira opted for a back five during Monday’s draw away at Liverpool but will surely revert to a four-man backline for a home game against a side they will consider positional rivals.
That means Joel Ward could drop out in place of another attacker, with Odsonne Edouard potentially pairing Wilfried Zaha up front.
For Villa, Diego Carlos has suffered a long-term injury, meaning Tyrone Mings will likely deputise.
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa prediction
Everton did ask a number of questions of Villa last weekend, ones Palace will surely pose with added quality.
Backed by a home crowd, a home win would not be a surprise.
Crystal Palace to win 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Crystal Palace wins: 13
Aston Villa wins: 21