Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace H2H: Edouard to strike again?

Aston Villa will be hoping to bounce back from their 3-0 loss at Liverpool in the Premier League last time out, as they host Crystal Palace at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, their visitors beat Wolves 3-2 last weekend, enabling them to climb above Villa in the process.

Edouard is a player to watch in this Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace H2H.
3rd September 2023; Selhurst Park, Selhurst, London, England; Premier League Football, Crystal Palace versus Wolverhampton Wanderers; Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace shoots and scores past Wolves keeper Sa in the 56th minute for 1-0. – Photo by Icon sport

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace H2H Record

Villa and Palace have met each other 51 times across all competitions in the past, with the Villans winning more encounters than the Eagles:

  • Villa wins: 22
  • Draws: 15
  • Palace wins: 14

They first faced off in the FA Cup in the 1912/13 season, when Villa won 5-0, but no game has ever been as one-sided since. In the Premier League era, they have tended to be cagey affairs, with no team winning by more than three goals in the league, and with no more than five goals scored between them in a match.

Last time out…

The two sides most recently met in March, when a Joachim Andersen own goal was enough to give Villa a 1-0 win at home. Cheick Doucoure was also sent off for the visitors after picking up two bookings, in what was one of Patrick Vieira's final few games in charge of the South Londoners before he was replaced by Roy Hodgson.

Villa's win was part of a 10-match unbeaten run under Unai Emery, as they ended up qualifying for European football.

Villa's first European odyessy in 13 years will continue after they thrashed Hiberian in the Europa Conference League qualifiers (Andrew Yates / Sportimage) – Photo by Icon sport

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace H2H: Potential MVP

Odsonne Edouard seems to be a player reborn this season, scoring three of Palace's five league goals, and netting in four of his previous six Premier League games. He netted twice in the 3-2 win against Wolves at Selhurst Park last time out.

He had scored as many in his last 42 top-flight appearances prior to this season's opener, and seems to be relishing playing under Hodgson. Granted, the striker has never scored against Villa in three previous attempts, but he could hardly be better placed to break that duck on Saturday.

Crystal Palace's Odsonne Edouard (second right) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Sunday September 3, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Aston Villa: Players in focus

Any real case against Edouard is largely down to Villa winning both of their home matches in all competitions this season, scoring seven times without reply. These are the men most fancied to keep that rich vein of Villa Park form going:

Matty Cash – The new Cafu?

Cash will be looking to atone for the own goal he scored against Liverpool last weekend. He already has three goals in all competitions from the full-back position.

John McGinn – Scottish stallion

McGinn scored and assisted in Scotland's 3-0 dismantling of Cyprus on Friday, and will be looking to add to his existing tally for the Villans.

Moussa Diaby – Wing wizard

Diaby (pictured below) has excited the Villa faithful since his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen, and already has two goals and one assist in the Premier League.

Moussa Diaby #19 of Aston Villa celebrates scoring to make it 1-3 during the Premier League match Burnley vs Aston Villa at Turf Moor. (Conor Molloy/News Images/Sipa USA) – Photo by Icon sport

Crystal Palace: Players in focus

Rob Holding – Debut incoming?

Holding could make his debut after signing from Arsenal. It would be a significant chance to get one over his old boss Unai Emery.

Eberechi Eze – Palace's Lion

Fresh from playing for England against Scotland, Eze continues to impress, and he too netted against Wolves for Palace last time out.

Odsonne Edouard – On red-hot form

With two decisive goals so far this term, Edouard has already doubled the number of Premier League matchwinners he recorded last season.

Edouard's first decisive strike of 2023/24 came at Bramall Lane on the opening day in a 1-0 win vs Sheffield United

Final prediction

Given how previous fixtures have gone in the Premier League, we do not expect many goals in this one. Villa's home form may give them the slight edge, but Palace are unbeaten away, and with Edouard enjoying a purple patch, we expect him to have a say on the result.

We're saying a 1-1 draw and Edouard to score.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.