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Aston Villa v Crystal Palace: How to post profits from poor pair

| 31.12.2014

Neither Aston Villa nor Crystal Palace have exactly been delighting their fans of late, and any supporters hoping their side will turn over a new leaf in 2015 might be disappointed by this clash.

The hosts are 13/10 to beat the Eagles, who are 23/10 to grab three points themselves with the draw priced at 9/4.

However, with both sides stumbling through the Christmas period, the result looks too tough to call, so our best bets instead focus on the calamitous goal-scoring records of the pair.

Aston Villa to keep a clean sheet @ 31/20

After scoring seven in their first three league away games of the season, the Eagles have turned incredibly goal-shy on their travels of late.

Palace have managed just one goal in their past five road trips and have been kept at bay entirely in five of their last seven Premier League away games.

Villa played out a 0-0 draw with Sunderland in their last match at Villa Park, and also secured a clean sheet in their 1-0 win at Palace in early December.

Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13

With the visitors unlikely to bring a suitcase full of goals with them, fans will be relying on Aston Villa for their action, and unfortunately this looks a forlorn hope.

The Villans are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with a meagre 11 strikes in 19 games, and have only netted once in their last four outings.

Eight of Villa’s past nine league matches have gone under 2.5 goals, as have five of Palace’s last seven.

The recipe for a goal-laden thriller has clearly been mislaid by both sides, and backing a 0-0 draw at 13/2 also looks a savvy wager.

Result after 75 minutes: Draw @ 17/10

Palace and Villa have been locked in a stalemate at the 75 minute-mark in three of their last four meetings, and if there are to be any goals at all in this clash, they seem likely to come late in the day.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune