Premier League

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Premier League
Villa Park
Attendance 29,047


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      That will do it! Jeers echo through the stadium at the final whistle sounds!
    • 45'
      The half time whistle sounds with Aston Villa being jeered off the pitch by their own fans! Crystal Palace will be thrilled as frustration sets in amongst the home side.
    • 90'
      Into the final minute of stoppage time and though the pace has picked up, there has been nothing in terms of scoring chances. Offside at both ends have seen attacks fizzle out, with time running out to find a winner.
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      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here. Have a splendid New Year's Day, and year that lies ahead. Good bye!
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      FULL TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE. Neither side could break the deadlock, as goals continue to be hard to come by for these two teams. There were chances to pull ahead, but Brad Guzan was saved by his crossbar, while Julian Speroni rose to the occasion to ensure his side a point.
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      Despite Aston Villa managing over 70 per cent possession in the first half, the ball spent more time in the hosts' end than it did in and around the Palace area. The action areas indicate 58 per cent of the match took place in midfield, with 25 per cent in the Villa end and just 17 in the Palace fin
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      HALF TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE. Both teams had their chances to break the deadlock through the early stages of the match, but Speroni denied Hutton at one end, before Bolasie and Palace were kept out by the crossbar. Chances were still hard to come by though the opening 45 minutes, and ne
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      Alan Pardew is confirmed to be in attendance today at Villa Park, with his signing as new manager expected to be immenent. Keith Millen is expected to be in charge for the last time before handing over the reins to the ex-Newcastle boss.
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      The Eagles were dealt a big blow as Mile Jedinak left to join Australia for the Asia Cup, which is scheduled to take place over the next few weeks. He is replaced in midfield by Martin Kelly. Marouane Chamakh is the other absentee, as he continues to suffer from a lingering thigh injury. Caretaker m
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      CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Hangeland, Doyle, Campbell, Hennessey, Thomas, Gayle, Bannan.
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      CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; McArthur, Kelly, Ledley; Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha.
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      Paul Lambert has to make do without the suspended Fabian Delph, who is replaced by Leandro Bacuna in midfield. Gabby Agbonlahor had his red card revoked and returns to the starting lineup. Joe Cole also returns from a hamstring injury, but starts on the bench. The only other change comes at the back
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      ASTON VILLA SUBS: Clark, J. Cole, N'Zogbia, Given, Lowton, Robinson, Grealish.
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      ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Guzan; Hutton, Vlaar, Okore, Cissokho; Cleverley, Sanchez, Bacuna; Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke.
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      Crystal Palace begin their new year with a new manager. Alan Pardew has made his way over from Newcastle, and will take over for caretaker Keith Millen. The task is clear for the 53-year-old, who spent the greater part of his playing career with the Eagles – to keep them up in the Premier League. Th
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      Aston Villa are struggling mightily at the moment, and not just in the standings. Villa Park has experienced a stark drop-off in attendance, which can be largely attributed to the fact that Paul Lambert's side are very hard to watch. Christian Benteke has an innate ability to spark the team with his
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      Good day Premier League fans around the world, and thank you for spending New Year's Day with us! Today we are in Birmingham as Aston Villa play host to Crystal Palace, who kick-off their new regime with the arrival of Alan Pardew as manager. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guidin
    • 1'
      Aston Villa kick-off and we are underway in Birmingham! The hosts, moving left to right, are sporting their red tops and blue shorts, with Crystal Palace in their yellow away strip.
    • 3'
      That didn't take long! After some good movement in attack, Andreas Weimann spots Benteke in the area, teeing the striker up for a shot. He makes good contact, but Julian Speroni is up to the task, keeping it out at the near post.
    • 5'
      It has been a cagey start, as anticipated. While it is still early in the match, you can sense the nerves from both teams. These are two of the lowest scoring attacks in the Premier League and neither want to be the ones to concede the first goal, as it could spell disaster.
    • 7'
      There is an incredibly subdued atmosphere inside Villa Park, as far from sellout crowds have become the norm for Aston Villa. It sounds more like a funeral than a football match, which should do wonders to help Crystal Palace's chances.
    • 9'
      Palace win the first corner of the match following a free kick. Puncheon delivers but Villa deal with it and Bacuna starts on a quick counter. The Dutchman does well to fend off a defender and run the length of the pitch, but just as he gets set for a shot, Delaney slides in from behind to break up
    • 11'
      Concerning moments for both teams! Delaney seems to have picked up a knock following the challenge and makes his way off with the help of the training staff. Meanwhile, Vlaar's knee is in considerable pain. The Dutchman makes his way back out onto the pitch after getting a look from the training sta
    • 13'
      STAT ATTACK: The last five Premier League meetings between the two teams have seen just seven goals scored, and only on one occasion did both teams find the back of the net in the same match.
    • 15'
      SI C. Clark SO R. Vlaar
    • 15'
      C. Clark comes on for R. Vlaar.
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      INCREDIBLE SAVE! Cissokho charges down the left with real intent, and passes across the area. His full-back partner, Alan Hutton, runs onto the end of it and looks to have a sure goal as he directs it towards goal. Speroni makes it across, however, and somehow gets his fingers on it to push the shot
    • 17'
      HOW HAS HE MISSED IT?! Disbelief on the sidelines as Crystal Palace somehow fail to take the lead. Off the corner, Bolasie starts on a counter from inside his own half. He charges all the way up the pitch, showing great pace, beating two defenders. Finally through on goal, he makes quick work of Guz
    • 19'
      Aston Villa did win the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park at the start of December, with Christian Benteke's glorious solo effort giving the Villans the first half lead. Lambert's side hung on for dear life after that, however, and Guzan proved to be the hero as they held on for a 1-0 victory.
    • 21'
      The hosts have been rather ineffective from set pieces, failing to capitalize on their chances. It appears at the moment that Palace want it more, getting to every ball first, while looking to press in possession. Villa have been more content on slowing the pace and trying to keep the ball away from
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      STAT ATTACK: Aston Villa have scored a meager 11 goals this season, which is the fewest total among all 92 league clubs in England.
    • 25'
      Crystal Palace are looking to use their speed to attack Villa, and it has worked for them thus far. A high, chipped ball forward gives Bolasie something to chase. Guzan comes out of his goal with Hutton beaten for pace, and is put into an awkward position as he is forced to leave his area and just h
    • 27'
      ROOF OF THE NET! Bacuna has had about enough of delivering good balls into the area, only for his teammates not to get on the end of them. He has a chance from a free kick about 30 yards out, and goes for goal himself. He gets plenty of pace and movement behind his shot, but it just doesn't dip enou
    • 29'
      Clever footwork shown from Puncheon to maneuver his way through a tight area atop the Villa box and get the ball onto his favoured left foot. He tries to curl a shot towards the far post, but his effort ends up sailing a couple of feet wide.
    • 31'
      PENALTY APPEALS NOT GIVEN! Palace work the ball forward brilliantly. Bolasie takes a pass and fends off a defender before playing Ledley through on the left. The midfielder picks out McArthur in the centre, who goes to ground after nudging the ball forward. He was always looking for a penalty, as Ok
    • 33'
      STAT ATTACK: Since Paul Lambert took over as manager, Aston Villa have failed to score in 38 of their 95 Premier League matches – more than any other team over that span.
    • 35'
      The pace has really fizzled out of the match and neither team can find the right passes once in the final third. Space has been hard to come by in midfield, with the two sides seemingly more focused on not conceding than actually scoring.
    • 37'
      Villa have not got nearly enough movement from their front three. Benteke is playing very narrow, which is what you want from him, but Weimann and Agbonlahor are not nearly deep enough and have failed to make runs off the ball to try and open up space for the front-man, who has been held largely in
    • 39'
      SUPERB TACKLE! Crystal Palace strike on a quick counter, with Bolasie charging forward. He sends Kelly in along the left, and the defender delivers the ball into the path of Zaha in the centre. Clark does incredibly well to recover, however, sliding in from behind to break up the chance! It is a goa
    • 41'
      With half time approaching, Palace are being very cautious at the back. They are focusing their efforts on keeping the clean sheet into the break, while waiting for a mistake from Villa to punish them on the counter. It has led to some good opportunities, but a lack of concentrated pressure on the h
    • 43'
      STAT ATTACK: Crystal Palace last scored an away goal in the league on November 29, a 1-1 draw at Swansea. They went the entire month of December without scoring an away goal, through three matches, and have now seen their drought extend to 380 minutes, unless they find one before the break.
    • 45'
      There will be two minutes of added time as indicated by the fourth official.
    • 46'
      Crystal Palace get the second half underway as Alan Pardew watches on from the stands, taking what looks like an awful lot of notes.
    • 48'
      The second frame starts much like the first one ended - with Villa dominating possession but doing nothing to penetrate the Palace defence. An errant pass from Sanchez sends the ball harmlessly out of play, as the home fans grow even more restless.
    • 50'
      STAT ATTACK: Aston Villa have won just two of their last 15 league matches, including a victory at Selhurst Park in the reverse fixture against Crystal Palace. This comes after they managed to win three of their first four games to kick-off the season.
    • 52'
      Ward wins a free kick as Sanchez topples him over in the centre of the pitch, about 35 yards from goal. It is the man who won the foul who delivers it in toward the far post, but Guzan comes out to collects as the chance comes to nothing.
    • 54'
      VITAL BLOCK! Cleverley is teed up for a shot after a bouncing ball is not dealt with by Palace. The midfielder drives his laces through the ball, but Delaney extends a leg to deflect it behind. It is a very important block as that one looked troubling for Speroni.
    • 56'
      Necessary defending from Palace, as Delaney and Dann do JUST enough to prevent Benteke from tracking down a long ball forward and running through on goal. The striker has been something of a peripheral figure since his shot on target in the third minute.
    • 58'
      Villa are playing much better now and you can almost see the confidence flowing through them. They open up Palace in midfield with some strong passing, but again they are forced to retreat temporarily, before Bacuna sends a wishful ball forward which amounts to nothing.
    • 60'
      The pace is picking up with both teams beginning to get a sense of urgency about their play. This is the time to go for it, because surely if it remains scoreless the two sides into the final 10 minutes, there will be much more focus put on defence with too much to lose by conceding late.
    • 62'
      SI D. Gayle SO R. Vlaar
    • 62'
      D. Gayle enters the game and replaces W. Zaha.
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      GREAT DEFENDING! Okore and Clark are caught completely out of position as a fortunate bounce comes to McArthur inside the area. Sanchez is there to put the pressure on him, before Cissokho rushes across to slide in and dispossess the midfielder! Superb last-ditch defending from the Villans!
    • 64'
      SI J. Grealish SO R. Vlaar
    • 64'
      T. Cleverley is replaced with J. Grealish.
    • 64'
      Aston Villa make their second change of the match, as teenage sensation Jack Grealish comes on to replace Tom Cleverley in midfield. The substitution comes just minutes after Palace made their first, bringing on Dwight Gayle, who scored the injury time winner in a 1-0 Eagles victory at Villa Park la
    • 66'
      STAT ATTACK: Aston Villa have not won both league matches over Crystal Palace in the same season since 1980-81, when they won the title.
    • 68'
      Possession continues to be dominated by Villa, but they are far too predictable in attack. They are constantly sending the ball towards Benteke in the centre, and expecting the striker to do something going up against two or three defenders. It did not work before and is not working now, with Palace
    • 70'
      Again the pace opens up as the two sides exchange attacks. Plenty of intent shown here, but a lack of quality in the final third has prevented anyone from taking advantage.
    • 72'
      THAT WAS THE CHANCE! Bacuna sends a lovely ball into the area from a set piece won by the substitute Grealish. It is met by Okore at the far post, but he cannot direct it towards goal. Sanchez keeps it alive, however, and sends a brilliant cutback pass into the path of Benteke, who skies his shot fr
    • 74'
      Sanchez has really grown into the game for Villa and has been arguably their best player in this second half. He has been instrumental in possession, and although a bit negative at times, he is a big part of the reason for the hosts' dominance in that category.
    • 76'
      STAT ATTACK: Aston Villa have averaged a dreary one point per game at home over the course of their last 62 home matches in the Premier League (W15, D17, L30).
    • 78'
      C. Clark receives a yellow card.
    • 78'
      Clark is shown a yellow card as he is forced into pulling down Dwight Gayle as the substitute's pace proved too much to deal with. That will put him under considerable pressure for the remainder of this match.
    • 80'
      The chance comes to nothing for Palace, as Guzan collects the free kick with ease. He plays it out and Sanchez gets himself into trouble, giving the ball away, but Kelly fails to take advantage as he scuffs his shot well over the bar.
    • 82'
      Palace are looking the more likely side to find a winner now as we are into the final 10 minutes. The hosts get into some trouble in their own end and play the ball out for a throw. The stoppage gives them a chance to make their final change, and it looks like Joe Cole is coming on for them.
    • 83'
      SI J. Cole SO R. Vlaar
    • 83'
      J. Cole enters play, replacing A. Weimann.
    • 85'
      SUPERB BLOCK! Benteke gets the ball in attack, but immediately has three defenders surround him. The striker uses this to his advantage, as he picks out Bacuna in space, but the midfielder's shot is blocked behind by Delaney who dived bravely in!
    • 86'
      D. Delaney receives a yellow card.
    • 87'
      Controversy as Aston Villa win a free kick, while Delaney is shown a yellow card. The foul and card are warranted, but the referee played advantage for close to five seconds before Bacuna got a shot off. It never got through on goal, however, so Madley brought it back. Palace are livid with the time
    • 88'
      BRILLIANT STRIKE! Bacuna takes the free kick and curls a superb shot towards the far top corner. Speroni flies through the air and makes an even better save, however, to keep the game scoreless!
    • 90'
      SI B. Bannan SO R. Vlaar
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      J. McArthur is replaced with B. Bannan.
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      There will be three minutes of stoppage time as indicated by the fourth official. Can anyone find a late winner?!

    Line Up




    Dean Smith
    Roy Hodgson



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 11 12
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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