If any observers wanted to find a link between Roy Keane’s abrupt exit from the Aston Villa dugout and the side’s vigorous performance against Burnley in their first game without him, they need only look at the end result to conclude that the two were a mere coincidence.
A late Danny Ings penalty held the Villans to a draw at Turf Moor and extended their winless run to nine games.
With the wind still flowing through their hair on the road, Paul Lambert’s side travel to Crystal Palace in the search of that elusive win. If our best bets for the game are anything to go by, though, the wait will continue:
If there’s one positive Lambert can take from their current strife, it’s that no team has stuffed them. Arsenal and Chelsea only scored three, Man City managed just the two and the high-flying Southampton just one.
With Villa threatening the opposition net as often as Rik Waller visits the salad bar, it falls to Palace to provide the scoring entertainment and they’ve scored three goals in a Premier League game just once in the last eight.
With a game of little goals expected, a bet on a low correct score should be the next line of thought.
Palace beat Villa twice last season and on both occasions this was the end result. The Midlanders haven’t won at Palace since 1980 either, dropping five and drawing six since their last victory at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles’ Australian anchorman and skipper is more known for crunching tackles than he is for celebrating goals.
That’s taken a change of course this season, with the midfielder notching five goals in 12 appearances and three in his last four outings.
With his tally already matching his Palace total for the previous three seasons combined, it’s worth climbing on this gravy train while it’s still hot.
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