Crystal Palace (11-9-14) at Aston Villa (7-6-21)
Premier League Soccer: Sunday, July 12th 2020 at 9:15am (Villa Park)
The Line: Aston Villa +125 / Draw +235 / Crystal Palace +235 -- O/U: 2.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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Aston Villa host Crystal Palace on Sunday, July 12th at Villa Park in what is going to be a season-defining match for Aston Villa. Will Aston Villa get some desperately needed points in order to give themselves hope of getting out of the relegation zone, or will they become the second team to be officially relegated already in the Premier League?
Aston Villa did not back up their solid performance against Liverpool (although they lost 2-0) earlier in the week against Manchester United, losing 3-0. Villa are 7 points behind safety, and with only 4 games remaining, they need every single point they can get. Villa let United control the match and they barely saw the ball. We have already seen Norwich lose to West Ham on Saturday which led to their official relegation, will Villa be the second team to be relegated, or will they show up, perform, and give themselves a shot to achieve a miracle?
Crystal Palace has been struggling since the restart of the Premier League, having lost 4 of their last 5 matches. Palace is a solid team on the attack, it is in defense where they lack. Palace lost 3-2 to Chelsea earlier in the week, and although this was a loss, it really shows that they can score against the big teams. Palace need to focus on their back 4 and making sure they don't leave any gaps to be exploited. Palace do not really care at the moment as they have nothing to play for, but they will need to sort it out for next season.
The reverse fixture between these two sides ended in a 1-0 Crystal Palace victory. Aston Villa needs this match more than Palace does. Palace has nothing to play for, they are just waiting for the end of the season. Aston Villa are going to give it their all here and put on one of the most important performances of their season. Villa need to, they need to win. I would take Villa to win at +125, and if they do not deliver on Sunday, then they really do deserve to be relegated.