Not a highly-rated opponent in the Premier League, but Crystal Palace really has an unpleasant play and has been under the guidance of Patrick Vieira since the beginning of this season (the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League at the time). while playing in the Arsenal shirt in the period 1996-2005, Palace seemed to be upgraded.
Of course, with their strength, the London team is still not easy to compete for a place in the European Cup, but the "eagle" is more than capable of having a position in the middle of the table.
Since the 0-3 defeat at Anfield against a very strong Liverpool, Crystal Palace has gone through 7 consecutive rounds without losing even though it only won 2 matches. But thanks to that, Palace gradually moved away from the group holding the red light. Exactly, coach and coach Patrick Vieira have only lost 2 matches from the beginning of the Premier League 2021/22 until now, the achievement is only greater than the two big men leading the charts Chelsea and Liverpool.
However, Palace is the team that draws the most in the tournament (7/12 rounds). That is something that the French military leader needs to improve because there are matches Crystal Palace must win but cannot always play with the idea that points are enough.
This round, they played at home and welcomed Aston Villa, the team had just ended a 5-round losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Brighton. That day, another famous former midfielder of the Premier League and many times faced Vieira on the pitch, Steven Gerrard made his debut on the coaching bench of the Villa Park team.