Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: match preview

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Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard locking horns in central midfield was a highlight of many a Premier League and cup encounter 15 to 20 years ago, not to mention a particularly gruelling group game at Euro 2004, but now there is the somewhat safer distance between the managers’ technical areas to separate them. Their aggressive personalities on the pitch are at odds with their calmer demeanours now but their desire to succeed has not diminished. Gerrard is four years Vieira’s junior but arguably has the edge in managerial experience – certainly in trophies. It is of course all about what their players can do for them now but there may be times on Saturday afternoon – or maybe the whole game – when those of a certain age wish Gerrard and Vieira were still doing battle on the pitch. Conrad Leach

Saturday 3pm

Venue Selhurst Park

Last season Crystal Palace 3 Aston Villa 2

Referee Michael Salisbury

This season n/a

Odds H 5-4 A 27-11 D 27-11

CRYSTAL PALACE
Subs from Butland, Kelly, Clyne, Tomkins, Riedewald, Banks, Hannam, Street, Rak-Sakyi, Mateta, Schlupp, Ayew, Olise, Eze

Doubtful None

Injured McArthur (hamstring, unknown), Ferguson (achilles, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y22 R0

Form DDDWWD

Leading scorers Benteke, Gallagher, Zaha 4

ASTON VILLA
Subs from Steer, Archer, El Ghazi, Traoré, Young, Hause, Bogarde, Douglas Luiz, Tuanzebe, Bailey, Chukwuemeka, Sanson

Doubtful Douglas Luiz (hamstring)

Injured Trezeguet (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R1

Form LLLLLW

Leading scorer Ings 3