Villa v Crystal Palace stats: Hope promoted for Lambert's Lions
Paul Lambert will be hoping that his Villa side can bounce back from defeat at Stoke when they face Tony Pulis' men on Boxing Day.
Injuries and suspensions have stunted Villa's progress over the festive period but the home fans will hope for a belated Christmas present with three points on Thursday.
Palace's away form this season is certainly cause for optimism for the home side.
The Eagles have lost seven of their eight away matches this season - more than any other side - scoring just four goals in those encounters.
Their efforts in front of goal will not be helped by the fact that top scorer Marouane Chamakh is unavailable, while Villa will be without Ashley Westwood due to a one match ban.
Villa will have wanted to pick up more points at home thus far but their record at Villa Park should be put into perspective.
Their five defeats at home in the league have all come against sides that currently occupy places in the top eight of the table.
Lambert's side have faced both of Palace's fellow newcomers this season already, keeping clean sheets in both matches.
Indeed, when you look at the last six games that Villa have played against sides that were newly promoted that season their record is strong.
They've lost just one of those - a narrow 0-1 defeat at home to Southampton back in January - winning four and drawing the other (away to Hull this season).
In those matches, Villa have conceded just three times and they'll undoubtedly want to get back on track from a defensive viewpoint.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Lambert will be looking to Libor Kozak to continue an impressive run in the absence of Christian Benteke.
The summer signing has scored in three of his last four starts for the club and drew level with the Belgian in terms of goals (four) this season with his opportunistic finish at Stoke.
Of the 32 players to have scored more than three times this season, only Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has a better shot accuracy than the Czech Republic international (63.6%).
In addition, of the same group of players, only the aforementioned Marouane Chamakh (suspended) has a better conversion rate than Kozak's 36.4%.
It's clear that the former Lazio man doesn't need a handful of chances to score so Villa will be hoping that they can carve out at least one grand chance for their big man to strike against Palace.
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