Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Predictions, EPL Picks, Betting Tips, 7/12/2020
Game: Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
Odds/Point Spread: Eagles (+222) Villains (+131)
John McGinn and Aston Villa (7-6-20, 18th in EPL) are headed to Villa Park on Sunday where they'll meet Crystal Palace (11-9-14, 14th in EPL). The expected starting goalkeepers are Pepe Reina for Aston Villa and Vicente Guaita for Crystal Palace. Aston Villa are at at +131 while Crystal Palace are at +222. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Crystal Palace comes into this match holding a record of 11 victories, 9 draws, and 14 losses ranking them 14th in EPL. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 28 goals which ranks 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -13, ranking them 13th in the league. In terms of shots on target, they have a total of 100 which ranks 19th in the league. As a unit, Crystal Palace has obtained a total of 368 fouls which means they have an average of 10.8 fouls per game. They have a total of 42 points for the 2020 season.
Wilfried Zaha is one of the standout players to watch for the Eagles. The forward from England has appeared in 337 games in his career and has played 26,217 minutes. Up to now, the 26-year-old has connected on 49 goals and has had an assist on 39 goals. He's earned a career average of 77.8 mins per appearance. Zaha has started 290 games and has a total of 428 fouls over the course of that period. With reference to shots on target, Zaha has totaled 196 which places him at 45th among all players still active and 28th among forwards. James McCarthy is another guy to keep an eye on for the squad from Crystal Palace. The 28-year-old from Ireland has netted 26 goals in the time he's played soccer which puts him at 117th when compared to all players still active in professional soccer. He has played a total of 25,876 minutes in the time he's played soccer which puts him at 22nd among active midfielders and holds an average of 78.7 mins per appearance which puts him at 102nd in professional soccer. In the time he's played pro soccer, he has 98 shots on target which puts him at 49th among active midfielders.
Protecting the goal for the Eagles is Vicente Guaita from Spain. He has played a total of 23,615 minutes minding the goal for his career. Guaita has given up an average of 1.21 goals per 90 mins for his career which ranks him 16th out of all active goalies in EPL. During his time playing professional soccer, he's surrendered 318 goals. He holds a career save % of .718 which ranks him 10th out of all active professional goalies.
Aston Villa is the team on the other side of the pitch and for the current year they sit with 7 victories, 6 draws, and 20 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are currently sitting 18th in the EPL with -26. They have a total of 35 goals for the season. Aston Villa has a save percentage as a team of .644 which is good for 18th in the EPL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic.
One of the top players for the Villains is John McGinn. The 24 year-old has delivered 24 balls past the man in net over the course of his professional soccer career. He is ranked 39th among active midfielders in assists with 30 and has a total of 134 shots on target. He has played 20,635 mins and has an average of 82.2 minutes per game. Another player to keep an eye on for this squad is Jack Grealish. The midfielder from Ireland has a total of 27 goals over the course of his pro soccer career which has him ranked 53rd among active midfielders. He also has totaled 136 fouls.
In goal for the Villains is Pepe Reina who has had a good career by giving up only 0.98 goals per 90 mins and that places him 5th in the EPL. In the 51,882 mins he's played as a goaltender in his career, he has surrendered 564 goals. He's earned a career save percentage of .748 which ranks him 3rd out of all active goalkeepers in the EPL.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (+222)
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