Controversial call made as Emery drops forward - Aston Villa predicted XI gallery v Crystal Palace

Here’s how we predict Aston Villa’s starting lineup to look against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Aston Villa return to home soil on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Unai Emery’s side will be keen to build on their 2-0 win over Everton with another positive result, whereas Crystal Palace are hoping to earn their first victory in 2023.

The Villans were much improved last time out - especially defensively - as they ran out victors at Goodison Park, inflicting further pressure on the relegation-threatened Toffees. Goals from Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Buendia sealed the deal to soar Villa to a points total of 31 after 24 games played.

Palace look like a difficult side to beat but the fact that they are the only Premier League team without a win in the new year makes for very poor reading. The Eagles have only last one of their last five games, drawing four – with the most impressive result of the bunch holding Liverpool to a 0-0 stalemate last Saturday.

It is expected Emery will line up with a similar starting XI to the team that beat Everton but there could be some changes, with a couple of players underperforming somewhat of late. With that in mind, here is the starting squad we think Villa will rock up with. See below.

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