Aston Villa recovered from their opening day loss to beat Everton 2-1 and in gameweek three they will head to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
Palace will go into this game at the back of a superb and well-deserved draw against Liverpool so they will have their tails up. However, they played at Anfield on Monday whereas Aston Villa played on Saturday so Gerrard’s men would have gotten two extra days of rest.
Villa might have opened their account against Everton but Palace are one of the most flamboyant mid-table teams and hence picking up a win, that too on their own turf, will not be easy for Aston Villa.
Everton exposed a lot of problems in the Villa team so they will have to be on their toes this weekend because a loss won’t be good for their confidence.
Aston Villa team news and injury updates:
Kortney Hause has just returned to training so he will not be available this weekend while Diego Carlos has undergone surgery on his Achilles tendon so he will be out for a lengthy period. The summer signing ruptured his Achilles on his left knee and is probably going to miss the World Cup
Ezri Konsa will be coming back into the first XI to replace Carlos in central defence.
Aston Villa can confirm Diego Carlos has ruptured his Achilles tendon.
We're all with you, Diego. 💜
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 15, 2022
Philippe Coutinho was taken on in the 60th minute of the Everton game with an injury scare but after the match, Steven Gerrard revealed that the playmaker has no issues.
Matty Cash was also taken off in the 90th minute but the full-back will also be ready for the Crystal Palace game.
The manager said on Saturday: ‘That’s down[Cash’s substitution] to perhaps a bit of tiredness, cramp or tight muscle damage but, hopefully, we’ll have enough time to get them right for next week.’
Philippe Coutinho had an underwhelming game against Everton and his replacement Emi Buendia came off the bench to score a goal. Based purely on performance, Buendia should be coming into the side but we don’t think Gerrard will risk putting Coutinho on the bench.
Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings were in peak form last weekend and the pair will need to be clinical once again if Aston Villa wish to beat Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa predicted line up vs Crystal Palace:
Predicted Starting Line up(4-3-1-2): Martinez; Digne, Tyrone Mings, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, Jacob Ramsey, Kamara; Coutinho/Buendia; Ings, Watkins.