Villa don't look like turning the Home tide against Palace
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Tuesday 12/01/2016 7.45pm
Villa v Crystal Palace is one of three Premier League games for a Tuesday night's betting opportunity. Aston Villa are at the point of implosion right now with a 19-game winless run in the Premier League (D5, L14). It's the joint-fourth longest run in Premier League history (alongside Nottingham Forest in 1998-99). The prospect of them having to face a well-organised, in-form Crystal Palace is probably not at the top of their wishlist.
It looked like there was going to be a glimmer of hope for Villa fans in the FA Cup against Wycombe on Saturday but Ashley Westwood's awkward blunder enabled the hosts to get back on level terms from the penalty spot and forced the replay. The stress of the situation was evident in the post match scenes that showed some unsavoury scenes between Villa players and their own fans.
As far as seeing Villa as a punt is dependent on whether Garde can generate some sort of favourable response. He is still without a triumph in ten trips since taking over from Tim Sherwood. On the one hand he has some appealing young players to deal with, however they simply do not look up to a prolonged transfer battle at this phase of their careers.
Palace have shown themselves to have been a genuine betting opportunity this season and Alan Pardew has them on the verge of a serious push for a European place. He confessed they would be lacking a little bit of quality versus Chelsea due to injury and suspensions and so it proved but they recovered manfully to knock Southampton out of the FA Cup.
Alan Pardew hopes to attempt and bring in a striker at some phase throughout January but a sound defence and good goalkeeper in Wayne Hennessey will guarantee they remain competitive and it looks a good bet that Palace will improve on their already impressive record on the road. Add to this that the last seven league meetings between Aston Villa v Crystal Palace have produced 10 goals. That Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (Won 4, Drawn 2 Lost only 1) and a 2-1 away win looks to be the main starting point at odds of 10/1 for the Aston Villa v Crystal Palace match.
Alan Pardew is as great as any manager in regards to victimizing the perceived weak points of a competitor – his players will be primed to obtain an early advantage which might see things reach boiling point for their struggling hosts, who have still to win at home in the league. A saver on 2-2 at 18/1 wraps up the correct score tips for Tuesday.
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace Score Predictions
Aston Villa 1-2 Crystal Palace @ 10/1
Aston Villa 2-2 Crystal Palace @ 18/1