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Aston Villa welcome Crystal Palace to the West Midlands on Sunday knowing that only one victory will help them fight for the right to play in the Premier League next season. Meanwhile, Palace have actually run out of goals this season after four consecutive defeats that their hopes of attending the already fragile European Cup have been dashed. 

After trying but failing to overcome the newly crowned Premier League champion Liverpool, Villa only had a few days off to prepare for their next match against the flourishing Manchester United side. The controversial Bruno Fernandes penalty opened the door for Man United and Villa fell again. Villa fell below their relegation rivals and took 19th place with the remaining 4 matches and 4 points behind the safety group, that gap could temporarily be increased by seven points if Watford surpassed Newcastle United on The day before, and things are becoming more and more ominous for a Villa team that failed to score in the last 3 appearances. Dean Smith is still with his students looking for their first victory since January, Frederic Guilbert is back healthy, waiting for the first kick after the covid epidemic.

Without James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and now Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho are Roy Hodgson's only suitable central defenders. In attack, Jeff Schlupp was the only absentee, so the Eagles were able to keep the line unchanged and made it difficult for Chelsea in the middle of the week. That means that starting for former Villa duo Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke will maintain their performance in the front line, Roy Hodgson's teachers have now suffered 4 Premier League defeats though they will be disappointed to leave the derby. Their thrilling London against Chelsea empty-handed in the middle of the week. The Eagles fought bravely against the Blues but ended up losing 3-2 at home to Selhurst Park, although Christian Benteke, after a successful finish, gave the Eagles a point. home. Hodgson's team dropped to 14th place after winning just 3 points from 15 points after the restart and Eagles were safe to have 12 points more than the relegation zone. A goal of Jordan Ayew is enough for Palace to get all 3 points against Villa in the first leg in August.