EA Sports Player Performance Index gives us the lowdown on where our meeting with Aston Villa will be won and lost this afternoon.
Crystal Palace welcome Aston Villa to Selhurt Park, having started the season in reasonable form, with a win over Norwich and a narrow defeat to Arsenal. Likewise, Villa have started the season in similar fashion, with a win and a loss.
The battle of the ‘engine room’ is likely to have a huge impact on the outsome of the match on Saturday, with both teams possessing players who are willing to run their socks off for the sake of their teams. In particular, Palace will need to be wary of the work rate of Idrissa Gueye, who has covered an impressive 22.4km for Villa, whereas Tim Sherwood’s men would be wise to watch out for Yohan Cabaye who has covered 22km.
In wingers Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha, Palace have two players who have gas to burn with the pair of them hitting a top speed of 34.4 and 34.3 km/hour respectively. In Jordan Amavi, however, they’ll be facing another player who’s seriously quick – with a top speed of 33.8 km/hour. Zaha is 7/2 with 888sport.com to score at any time this weekend.
It’ll be an interesting clash between the Villa strikers and Alex McCarthy this weekend, with the Eagles’ ‘keeper making a total of nine saves in the two games that he’s played so far this season – the second most in the league. He’ll be up against Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor, a proven Premier League marksman, who this season has hit the target with every shot that he’s attempted.
Ciaran Clark and Damien Delaney are likely to be key men for their respective defences in the fixture this weekend, with the pair having put in solid defensive displays in their matches so far this season. They have made a total of 20 and 19 clearances, the most in each of their squads.