Jack Grealish is in contention to feature against Crystal Palace after playing 90 minutes in Villa’s reserve game against Derby earlier in the week. Grealish ended up scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
“I thought Jack was very good. He played to the last minute. He looked fit enough to maybe be up for selection this weekend. – Tim Sherwood
With Aston Villa needing creativity to a side that has only scored one goal this season, it looks likely that Grealish will start out wide for Aston Villa. He might join newly signed Adama Traore who also featured against Derby. Traore too played for 90 minutes and was quite energetic, and was described by commentators as a player with ‘body language of someone who knows they’re the best player on the pitch’ but in a positive manner. Traore will most likely not start for Aston Villa because this has been just his first week training with the team, whilst we know that Sherwood highly rates Grealish.
Carles Gil also featured against Derby but played only 70 minutes after picking up a small knock. He will be assessed and Gil might feature on the bench for the game against Crystal Palace. Crespo and Okore have both start light training but are still a bit away from returning to the first team.
“Carles came off with a tight groin which is an indication the lack of training he has actually done. He will get fitter. – Tim Sherwood
Having the creative trio of Grealish, Gil and Traore will be a huge bonus for Villa. I highly doubt that all three will start for Villa, but if I had to make a guess. I predict that Grealish will start the game with Traore coming off the bench. Gil will feature in the following game against Sunderland.