Aston Villa side to face Crystal Palace at Villa Park:
On the bench for Villa:
Nyland, Lansbury, Nakamba, Targett, El Ghazi, Jota, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Davis.
Well, we are now officially in last chance saloon.
Last orders have been rung, the barman is stacking tables on chairs and Aston Villa are staggering towards what appears to be a Premier League exit.
It’s not quite over yet, despite damaging wins for both West Ham and Watford, Villa are just about clinging on. The chances of us getting out of the drop-zone are increasingly remote, but there is still a chance.
Palace arrive to Villa Park off the back of four straight defeats. Our form is nothing to write home about, but this is the first realistic opportunity since Newcastle to take full points.
Villa need to approach this game with the kind of fight that has been sadly lacking all season, let alone following the restart. Whilst we are now firm outsiders to stay up, it would merely compound our embarassment to slip out of the league without at least trying.
Any defeat against Palace would merely be considered a stay of execution. A draw the same.
Win and we at the very least make the next couple of fixtures have something riding on them. If by some miracle results go our way, we could at least give ourselves a thread of hope to cling onto for the fortnight ahead.
Crystal Palace, therefore, simply must be beaten. Nothing else will suffice.
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