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Crystal Palace secured their third win in a row thanks to a 1-0 win against Aston Villa to inch their way towards Premier League survival. Jason Puncheon scored the only goal of the game with 16 minutes remaining to hand Villa their fourth straight defeat and keep them in fear of the drop.
Weimann thought he had scored, but the veteran Argentine flung himself across goal to make the save. Villa are piling the pressure on now!
WHAT A SAVE! Julian Speroni makes a stunning one-handed save to deny Andreas Weimann from grabbing an equaliser.
OFF THE POST! Jason Puncheon breaks the offside trap before taking his time and firing his left-foot shot against Brad Guzan's near post from a tight angle.
Villa are slipping to a fourth straight defeat if the scoreline remains like this. Will those changes help them salvage a point?
Andreas Weimann and Marc Albrighton replace Karim El Ahmadi and Ryan Bertrand in a double Villa change.
The Palace supporters sing 'we are staying up'. They are on course for a third straight win and will also jump above Villa in the table.
PALACE TAKE THE LEAD! Yannick Bolasie's cross falls to Jason Puncheon in the box. He turns Ryan Bertrand before lashing his left-foot shot in off the far post for his sixth of the campaign.
Glenn Murray comes on for Cameron Jerome who spurned a golden chance to hand his side the lead this afternoon when he struck the underside of the crossbar from three yards out.
NO PENALTY! Yannick Bolasie's cross comes off Ciaran Clark's chest into Guzan's hands. Referee Howard Webb points to the spot before having a word with his assistant and then changing his mind.
Villa have won just one Premier League away match since early December, a 1-0 at Sunderland. They've lost three of their last four away from Villa Park, scoring twice in those games.
Puncheon's free-kick is punched away by the busy Guzan and the Grant Holt earns his side a free-kick on halfway.
LUCKY CALL! Replays show that Brad Guzan kicked out at Mile Jedinak, but referee Howard Webb took his eyes off the action. The American goalkeeper is a lucky man!
Joe Ledley slices the ball up in the air and Brad Guzan claims it before running into Mile Jedinak as he looked to throw the ball out quickly.
The home supporters are doing their bit to encourage Palace and striker Cameron Jerome whose confidence must be shot after that miss!
OFF THE WOODWORK! Yannick Bolasie's deflected shot is parried out by Brad Guzan to the waiting Cameron Jerome. The striker smashes his shot against the underside of the crossbar from close-range. Bad miss!
Palace have not won four straight games in the top flight since 1994. The tempo has been quick since the start of this half.
Cameron Jerome - who has scored one goal in 37 games for Palace and Stoke combined - is caught handling the ball in the Villa box.
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Just the one moment of controvery at Selhurst Park after Yannick Bolasie went down under the challenge of Grant Holt but referee Howard Webb gave nothing. Other than that, the match has had the feel of an end of season clash with both sides very nearly safe from the drop.
Joel Ward's low cross is well climed by Brad Guzan, who has suddenly become a very busy man between the sticks.
JUST WIDE! Adrian Mariappa's wonderful right-footed cross is headed just wide of the far post by the towering Marouane Chamakh.
That was a big decision as Mile Jedinak played the ball into Bolasie. Villa were caught out, but seem to have got away with one!
NO PENALTY! Palace play a short free-kick with great invention as they work the ball into Yannick Bolasie and he goes to ground claiming he is felled by Grant Holt, but referee Howard Webb doesn't give it!
Brad Guzan is playing his 100th game for Villa today. He clears the ball upfield and then Joe Ledley wins a cheap free-kick.
Tony Pulis and Paul Lambert are on the touchline handing out orders. It's been tight and scrappy with no chances of note!
Villa have lost three successive games in the Premier League and could equal their worst run of defeats in the competition under Paul Lambert (four games in December 2013).
The 3-5-2 formation seems to be helping Villa's full-backs fly forward. Adrian Mariappa fouls Ryan Bertrand, which annoys the Palace supporters.
A win today could see one of these teams move 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Villa are looking more likely on the balance of play, but there is still a long way to go!
Villa have scored just six goals in the six Premier League games that Christian Benteke has played no part in this season.
Ashley Westwood's cross is headed wide by Grant Holt but the striker is penalised for climbing all over his man.
Cameron Jerome sweeps the ball away, almost off the line, as Grant Holt's header was turned towards goal by Gabby Agbonlahor.
Marouane Chamakh comes on for the injured Kagisho Dikgacoi then. It looks like the Moroccan has been asked to play out wide by Tony Pulis.
Kagisho Dikgacoi has gone to ground with an injury and he is in of some medical attention. It doesn't look good for him!
The Selhurst Park pitch is slightly bobbly and that is causing problems with some of the distribution.
Jason Puncheon pushes Ryan Bertrand in the back after excellent work by Yannick Bolasie down the left flank.
Palace's home form, assisted by their noisy support, has seen them win six of their 10 home games under Tony Pulis.
The visitors have had 77 per cent of possession, but Palace are looking the more dangerous side on the break.
Villa players look very comfortable in possession, but they're not doing anything with it in the final quarter.
Palace have won two and lost none of their four previous Premier League meetings with Villa at Selhurst Park (D2).
Jason Puncheon attempts a difficult left-footed volley from the angle, but the ball drifts harmlessly over the crossbar.
Yannick Bolasie and Karim El Ahmadi come together and referee Howard Webb decides the award Villa the free-kick.
Both teams would happily settle for a point this afternoon, but a win would all-but secure Premier League safety. It's been a rather sluggish start at Selhurst Park.
Dwight Gayle netted the winner two minutes into stoppage time to give Palace the points in the Boxing Day meeting between the sides. The home side are happily sitting back and allowing Villa to keep the ball.
Wonderfully observed! Palace are wearing their tradional home kit while Villa are in their changed strip of claret and white. Referee Howard Webb gets us underway!
We will now observe a minutes silence at Selhurst Park for the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough.
Palace, 14th, are buzzing after back-to-back Premier League wins while Villa, 13th, are looking to put a halt to their run, which has seen them lose three successive games.
Before 15:07 BST kick-off there will be a tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. The 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was abandoned at neutral Hillsborough in Sheffield after six minutes, and an additional minute of silence will complete the seven-minute observation.
The Eagles host Villa and with both teams currently on 34 points, a victory for either side could all but seal top-flight status for another year.
Last five league matches: Crystal Palace L D L W W; Aston Villa W W L L L. Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) 6; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 11.
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Whereas Palace have clawed their way back up the table with the two recent wins, Villa have slipped back into the dogfight after a run of three straight defeats that followed their own surprise victory over Chelsea. Given the gap to the bottom three both Villa and Palace would appear to be safe, but Lambert knows nothing can be taken for granted. "Nobody has ever indicated we are safe," he said. "You just try to get over that line as quick as you can, and you have to win games to do that, and we know we're capable of winning games. I'm also confident we can do that. You go into every game thinking you can win it." Asked about Villa's minimum requirement from their last six matches, Lambert replied: "Just to get as many wins as we can. But I don't think it will take 40 points, not with the way the table is. I don't think that will happen. We just have to get wins, just like everybody else and as quick as we can."
Tony Pulis does not think Palace are safe just yet, saying: "No chance. I don't think so, there are more twists and turns in it and we'll be desperately keen to get as many points on the board as quickly as we can. It can change so quickly so we have to stay focused, win, lose or draw." Pulis has steered the Eagles out of the relegation zone to a position where they are now seven points clear of the bottom three ahead of today's game against a Villa side one place above them. The last two games have seen Palace spring a shock success over Chelsea and then comfortably beat relegation rivals Cardiff 3-0 in south Wales.
CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS: Palace manager Tony Pulis keeps the same starting XI that recorded a 3-0 win at Cardiff last weekend as the home side goes in search of three consecutive league victories for the first time this season.
ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS: Manager Paul Lambert makes four changes to his Villa side as he welcomesn back a trio of players who missed the defeat to Fulham through injury. Gabby Agbonlahor has recovered from illness to partner Grant Holt in attack while Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi both return to the midfield following minor injury problems. Ciaran Clark also comes back in as Marc Albrighton, Leandro Bacuna, Joe Bennett and Andreas Weimann drop out.
CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM (4-2-3-1): Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon, Ledley, Jerome.
ASTON VILLA TEAM (3-5-1-1): Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Holt.
EARLY CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS: Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwight Gayle returned from an ankle injury to score five goals in an under-21s fixture against Brentford on Wednesday night but the young striker is not considered ready to start.
EARLY ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS: Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat for Villa at home to Fulham either through illness or injury, but all have trained this week and should return to the starting line-up. Villa boss Paul Lambert remains without six long-term injured in Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner.
15:07 KICK OFF: All matches in the top five divisions of English football this weekend will kick off seven minutes later than originally planned in tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. The 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield was abandoned after six minutes, and an additional minute of silence will complete the seven-minute observation.
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