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Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: match preview

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Aston Villa could have a problem in defence with Matty Cash ruled out and Tyrone Mings doubtful but they will have top scorer Ollie Watkins back from suspension. Villa struggled in front of goal in the 0-0 draw with Everton on Thursday so the return of Watkins, who was serving a one-match ban after his sending off against Leeds, will be a welcome one for Dean Smith. Palace could make changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Southampton on Tuesday but Christian Benteke, who has found goalscoring form towards the end of the campaign, is expected to retain his place in attack. A large proportion of Roy Hodgson’s squad are out of contract in the summer and, with Premier League safety secured, they have an opportunity to impress potential new employers. Rich Flower

Sunday noon Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Selhurst Park

Last season Crystal Palace 1 Aston Villa 0

Referee David Coote

This season G19 Y57 R3 3.16 cards/game

Odds H 28-13 A 13-9 D 13-5

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Butland, Henderson, Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp, Clyne, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Cahill, Kelly

Doubtful Clyne (illness), Tomkins (match fitness), Van Aanholt (personal)

Injured McArthur (calf, unknown), Ferguson (knock, unknown), Sakho (thigh, unknown), Wickham (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y48 R2

Form DLLLWL

Leading scorer Zaha 10

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Heaton, Steer, Taylor, Wesley, Grealish, Trezeguet, Nakamba, Engels, Hause, Davis, Ramsey

Doubtful Mings (knee)

Injured Sanson (knee, 19 May), Cash (hamstring, unknown), Hassan (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y59 R4

Form LLDWLD

Leading scorer Watkins 13

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