Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips: Vieira and Gerrard meet again
Preview and odds for Saturday’s game
Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard were fierce competitors on the pitch and now meet as Premier League managers for the first time as we pick out some Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips.
Gerrard made a dream start to his reign as Villa manager last weekend with a 2-0 win against Brighton but they are still three points behind Palace, who are going well in Vieira’s first season in charge.
Saturday’s match at Selhurst Park kicks off at 3pm and we have analysed the odds to look at possible bets.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa match odds
Palace extended their unbeaten run to seven matches last weekend but had to settle for a point as they drew 3-3 with Burnley in a thriller at Turf Moor.
Most of the action came in a breathless first half in which Palace came from behind to lead 3-2 but only after letting slip an early 1-0 advantage.
Palace are the draw specialists in the Premier League this season with seven, including five in their last seven games.
Another draw on Saturday could prove a popular pick for Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips at 23/10 but Palace head into the game as 6/5 favourites due to their position in the top half of the table.
Villa will head to Selhurst Park with renewed confidence after two late goals secured a 2-0 win against Brighton in Gerrard’s first match in charge.
The former Liverpool captain left Rangers during the international break to replace Dean Smith, who was sacked following five successive Premier League defeats.
The match against Brighton looked to be heading for a stalemate but Ollie Watkins broke the deadlock with a lovely curling effort after 84 minutes before Tyrone Mings lashed home a second goal two minutes from time.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa head-to-head
These two teams served up a thriller in this fixture in May when Palace came from behind to win 3-2.
Villa twice took the lead through John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi but Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha equalised before Tyrick Mitchell grabbed an 84th-minute winner.
𝗩𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲: The last time Villa were at Selhurst 📺
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 23, 2021
That was the sixth successive meeting between these teams which ended with a home win, with Villa having won 3-0 against Palace at Villa Park on Boxing Day last year.
Four of the last five meetings have produced a home win to nil and that is priced at 11/4 in the Palace v Villa odds.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa key battles
Benteke will be up against one of his former teams and is a man in form with five goals in six appearances for club and country following his brace at Burnley.
The Belgium striker is one of three Palace players priced up as the 9/2 joint-favourites to open the scoring along with Zaha and Odsonne Edouard.
His battle with Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings will be a physical affair while in midfield, Palace’s Conor Gallagher and Villa’s McGinn will look to dictate play.
The return of Danny Ings last week was a welcome boost for Villa and he is 21/10 to be on target, with strike partner Watkins a slightly bigger price at 12/5 for the last of our Crystal Palace v Aston Villa betting tips.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication