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C. Kouyaté
Yellow Card
81'
J. Schlupp
M. Guéhi
1 - 1
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O. Édouard
Yellow Card
71'
Yellow Card
69'
O. Watkins
L. Digne
1 - 0

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Shots On Target 4 4
Total Passes 464 486
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Commentary

That's all from Villa Park today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Villa next meet Burnley, before finishing their season away to champions-elect Manchester City. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace take on Everton and Manchester United in their final two fixtures of a promising campaign.
It ends all-square at Villa Park, with the home side riding their luck at times to take a point against their mid-table counterparts from the capital. While Palace had marginally more efforts at goal, they were stung by Watkins' opener before substitute Schlupp salvaged a point, which was merited for the visitors' spirited approach. Both sides demonstrated why they occupy the middle rung on the Premier League ladder, as a lack of composure in the final third prevented the scoreline climbing higher in an open encounter.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
90' + 3' CLOSE! Gathering the ball into his stride effortlessly, on the righ corner of the box, Watkins can only drag his low shot just wide of the far post with an angled attempt.
90' + 1' Ramsey lays the ball off for Digne, who has an ambitious 25-yard effort palmed away by Butland. Then, moments later, McGinn bobbles a mishit volley straight into the goalkeeper's gloves from the edge of the box.
C. Kouyaté
Yellow Card
89' Sliding in to contest a loose ball in midfield, Kouyate loses his footing and upends McGinn; earning himself a yellow card.
87' Though Zaha loses the ball with an ill-advised pass, he recovers well to chase down the breaking McGinn, then wins a free-kick from the Villa midfielder in a follow-up challenge.
85' A scuffed attempt by Coutinho bounces threateningly towards Butland's goal, and despite Watkins efforts from down on the turf, the England striker cannot make enough contact to beat Palace's goalkeeper from close range.
83' When the ball breaks to Buendia on the edge of the box, Schlupp is well placed to cover and deflect the Villa man's powerful shot over for a corner to the home side.
M. Guéhi
Assist
81' At full stretch, Guehi managed to turn his header inside the area straight into the path of Schlupp, who bags Palace's equaliser.
J. Schlupp
Goal
81' PALACE PULL LEVEL! Gallagher drifts a free-kick in from the left, towards the penalty spot, and though it is initially headed clear, Palace recycle the ball. Andersen crosses for centre-back partner Guehi to nod the ball down, and Schlupp is then on hand to strike from close range. The Eagles have drawn it back to 1-1!
J. Schlupp
E. Eze
78' Vieira also throws on Schlupp; Eze comes off.
C. Benteke
L. Milivojević
78' Palace go for a double substitution, in an attempt to salvage this game. First, captain Milivojevic makes way for ex-Villa striker Benteke.
O. Édouard
Yellow Card
76' Only on the field for a matter of moments, Edouard is booked for a cynical trip on Buendia in midfield.
74' Within less than 20 minutes of doing so, now that they have the lead, Villa have not done the league double over Palace since the 1980-81 season, when they last won the top-flight title.
O. Édouard
J. Mateta
71' Meanwhile, Palace make a change of their own up top, as Mateta makes way for his fellow Frenchman, Edouard.
E. Buendía
D. Ings
71' After the goal, Villa immediately respond by taking off a striker: Ings is replaced by Buendia.
71' THE GOAL STANDS! Much to the displeasure of Vieira, who is then shown a yellow card for his vociferous complaints, Villa's goal is ruled valid - they lead 1-0!
70' Due to the tangle between Watkins and Guehi before the Villa man opened the scoring, the VAR has intervened, to check if the goal should stand.
L. Digne
Assist
69' A delicious outswinging cross from the left touchline by Digne invited Watkins to pounce for Villa's opening goal.
O. Watkins
Goal
69' VILLA LEAD! Against the run of play, Watkins shows great strength to put the home side ahead - holding off Guehi's strong challenge to divert the ball past Butland, following Digne's deep cross from the left. With 20 minutes remaining, it's Villa 1-0 Palace!
68' Clyne sends in a dangerous outswinging cross from the right flank, but Cash comes across to cover at the far post, with several yellow-shirted Palace players lurking close by.
J. Ramsey
M. Nakamba
66' Gerrard has opted for a midfield change, and Nakamba makes way for local lad Ramsey, who completes his return from injury.
64' After being released by Zaha on the left side of the area, Mitchell has a shot blocked by Cash inside the box, then Gallagher thumps a low shot towards the bottom corner, which Martinez gets down to without too much trouble.
62' Eze brings down McGinn, as the game becomes increasingly fractious. Neither team can build any real momentum, and a series of second-half stoppages hasn't helped.
60' Chambers has a challenge from behind on Zaha punished by a free-kick, but the latter is still unhappy and demonstrates his disapproval to the referee.
58' A lung-bursting run into the box by Cash ends with the Villa full-back zipping a dangerous low ball across the six-yard box, but neither Watkins or Ings had gambled on a move to the back post.
57' Andersen goes down injured, causing the game to come to a temporary halt, but after some treatment is considered fit enough to continue.
56' Still with their clean sheet intact today, Crystal Palace have kept five in their last eight Premier League games - as many as in the previous 25. The Eagles have managed 11 shut-outs overall this season, only keeping more in a 38-game Premier League campaign twice - 12 in both 2013-14 and 2018-19.
54' Delaying too long before getting his shot away from just inside the box, Zaha spurns an opportunity, allowing Chambers to block him out at the final turn.
52' Luiz is penalised for a foul on Gallagher, out on the right flank, and Palace have a good chance to send a cross into the box from the resulting set-piece.
C. Chambers
E. Konsa
50' Due to an unfortunate injury picked up in the opening seconds of the half, Konsa makes way for Chambers.
49' It doesn't look good for Konsa, who remains flat out on the pitch, surrounded by Villa's medics. He will surely have to be replaced.
47' Mings puts the ball out of play early in the second half, after his centre-back partner Konsa is felled by Mateta's awkward challenge. The game is paused as Konsa receives some treatment.
46' We are back under way in Birmingham!
The Eagles have taken 10 shots at goal without any success so far, to Villa's tally of four, and are still in good shape to win just their second of their 10 Premier League trips to Villa Park - last returning to the capital with all three points back in December 2013.
Even if there is relatively little left to play for, both teams have enjoyed promising moments during an open first half, which was beset by bad decision-making and a lack of cool heads in the final third. As the game has progressed, it has been Palace who have looked likeliest to break the deadlock between these two mid-table rivals, and their runners from midfield and full-back have threatened to overload Villa at times. With the scoreline still goalless, though, there remains everything to play for after the break.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
45' As the first half nears its conclusion, Crystal Palace are on top, as Clyne and Mateta are involved in a move which breaches the Villa defence, but the latter's backheel towards Gallagher is misplaced and the attack founders.
43' With his second attempt in a matter of minutes, Palace full-back Clyne takes a pop at goal from the right side of the area, but it swings well wide of Martinez's left-hand post.
42' A worrying moment for Gerrard occurs just before the interval, as McGinn goes down with an apparent muscular problem. After a brief pause in proceedings, the Villa midfielder returns to his feet and limps back into the action.
40' Eze and Clyne combine to pick out Zaha on the edge of the box, but the Palace forward fails to reach Mateta with his pass. Nonetheless, the visitors enjoy a brief spell of pressure, before Villa ultimately get the ball clear.
38' SHARP STOP! Taking a second to steady himself before shooting, Clyne fires a low 20-yard shot between several legs towards the bottom corner of the net, but Martinez is alert: getting down to make a one-handed save to his right.
36' Going unrewarded for a surge into the Palace area, Cash cannot latch on to a Coutinho throughball, and Butland comes to gather the ball just outside his six-yard box.
34' CLOSE! Again, Ings works an opening - this time after a cute reverse ball from his strike-partner Watkins - but is once more off target with his shot: firing just wide of the right-hand post from the edge of the area.
31' After a relatively bright opening, a distinct lack of intensity has crept into the game, with Villa controlling possession mostly inside their own half.
29' Mateta attempts to release Zaha down the left, but Konsa closes down his man just in time, and is subsequently brought down by the frustrated winger.
27' Kouyate and McGinn share some angry words, after the latter chops down Clyne on the left touchline. It was an ill-advised tackle, of which there have been several so far.
25' SAVE! Positioned centrally, Martinez gets his palms to a swerving Zaha strike from 20 yards out, sending the ball into the air, and Palace ultimately have to settle for a corner.
23' With Villa on the back foot again, Gallagher mishits a cross-field pass towards the left flank, and Palace's pressure dissipates.
21' Zaha escapes a booking for tripping the fast-breaking McGinn near the centre-circle, having just been dispossesed by the Scotland midfielder. It's only a Villa free-kick.
19' Palace are now building some pressure, with a couple of dangerous balls into the box causing consternation in Aston Villa's often brittle back four.
17' Both sides have had three shots at goal, and the possession has been shared almost entirely equally so far - perhaps not surprising, given they are separated by just one point in the Premier League table.
15' Cash presents the ball to Eze with a misplaced clearance from the edge of his own area, but the Palace forward then drags his quickfire shot well wide of the target.
C. Gallagher
Yellow Card
14' After a lunging tackle on McGinn in midfield, Gallagher becomes the second player booked today. He will have to exercise some caution for the remainder of the game.
13' Gallagher sneaks in at the back post to turn a header at goal following a corner, but Konsa covers well to turn the ball behind with his head. The visitors have another set-piece opportunity.
11' An ambitious effort by Coutinho, having cut inside from the left, floats harmlessly wide of the left-hand post, with other team-mates perhaps better placed.
T. Mings
Yellow Card
9' A reckless challenge on Gallagher sees Villa captain Mings go into the referee's notebook - he receives the game's first yellow card.
8' OVER THE BAR! After Andersen can only part-clear McGinn's swinging ball into the box, a volleyed attempt by Ings sails over the crossbar from just inside the area. That was an excellent opportunity for the Villa striker!
6' Andersen tries a high, angled ball towards the Villa area, but the lurking Gallagher cannot quite reach it with his head, and the hosts get the ball away to safety.
4' Luiz tosses in a cross from the right wing, picking out a near-post run from Ings, who then glances the ball a couple of feet wide of Butland's left-hand upright.
2' After some loose early touches from both sides in midfield, McGinn takes down Clyne on the left flank, as he tries to recover the ball. Palace have a free-kick, but nothing comes of it.
1' We are under way at Villa Park!
The players are out on the pitch at Villa Park, as the hosts hold a special commemoration of their 1982 European Cup-winning side. With claret flags aloft in the stands, kick-off is now just moments away!
Crystal Palace have made four changes from the team that began the win at home to Watford, as Mitchell, Milivojevic, Mateta and Kouyate come into the side. Guehi has overcome an ankle problem to start, while Ward, Hughes and Edouard find themselves relegated to the bench; Michael Olise misses out entirely.
Despite losing to Liverpool on Tuesday, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard names an unchanged starting XI, with Watkins recovering from an ankle injury to join Ings up front. Meanwhile, rookie midfielder Ramsey returns to the squad following a groin problem, but Nakamba starts ahead of him in the hosts' engine room.
SUBS: Vicente Guaita, Jordan Ayew, Odsonne Edouard, Jesuran Rak-Sakyi, Jeffrey Schlupp, Will Hughes, Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Christian Benteke.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-2-3-1): Jack Butland; Nathaniel Clyne, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate; Eberechi Eze, Conor Gallagher, Wilfried Zaha; Jean-Philippe Mateta.
SUBS: Robin Olsen, Ashley Young, Emiliano Buendia, Jacob Ramsey, Bertrand Traore, Calum Chambers, Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka, Morgan Sanson.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-1-2): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; Marvelous Nakamba, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz; Philippe Coutinho; Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings.
Crystal Palace are seeking their third consecutive league victory today, after a 1-0 win over Watford last weekend followed their defeat of Southampton. The FA Cup semi-finalists remain in the mix for a top-half finish as a result; starting today one point ahead of Villa and three behind ninth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion, with a game in hand.on the latter. As the Eagles have never finished higher than 10th in the Premier League era, Patrick Vieira's men will be motivated by setting a new club record.
After Aston Villa picked up seven points from their three previous Premier League matches, a 2-1 defeat to title hopefuls Liverpool on Tuesday leaves today's hosts sitting 12th in the table ahead of their final three games. The first of back-to-back home outings - after Palace, they welcome Burnley to Birmingham - sees Villa meet a team they beat 2-1 in November's reverse fixture at Selhurst Park. The Villans also recorded a 3-0 victory when the teams last convened at Villa Park, back in December 2020.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's Premier League encounter between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, at Villa Park!