Aston Villa v Crystal Palace team news & stats

Date published: Monday 11th January 2016 2:18

Micah Richards: Should play in central defence, says Wilkins

The omens do not look good for Aston Villa as they look for their first Premier League win under Remi Garde against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Team news

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards is fit despite limping off with a foot problem in the FA Cup draw at Wycombe, but Jack Grealish has tonsillitis. Gabriel Agbonlahor has a back injury but is out of favour anyway.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have Connor Wickham back in contention after a calf injury, while Yohan Cabaye will be checked by the medical team after picking up a knock in the FA Cup win over Southampton. Yannick Bolasie misses out again with a leg injury.

Opta stats

  • Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W4 D2 L1).
  • The last seven league meetings between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have produced just 10 goals.
  • The Eagles have won just five Premier League matches with a winning goal scored in the 87th minute or later; two of which have been against Aston Villa and including their 2-1 win earlier this season.
  • This will be the 14th Premier League meeting between the two teams and there will have been 11 different head to heads in terms of managers in the opposition dugouts.
  • Aston Villa are currently on a 19-game winless run in the Premier League (D5 L14), the joint-fourth longest run in Premier League history (alongside Nottingham Forest in 1998-99).
  • The only longer winless runs in the competition since its inception in 1992 are Derby County (32 games), Sunderland (26 games) and Norwich City (21 games).
  • Crystal Palace have failed to score a goal in their last three Premier League games – they haven’t gone without a goal in four successive top-flight matches since Feb 1998 (five games).
  • Aston Villa players have embarked on the most dribbles in the Premier League so far in 2015-16 (546), but only one club (Newcastle, 41.6%) has a lower dribble success rate than the Villans (43.4%).
  • Just one of Crystal Palace’s 23 Premier League goals this season has been scored by a recognised striker, and this was a penalty (Wickham versus Stoke on Dec 19).
  • A Premier League-high 47.8% of Crystal Palace’s goals this season have been scored from set-piece situations.

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