Follow the action live as soaring Aston Villa host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Boxing Day

Dean Smith’s side got off to a fantastic start to the season, nine points behind leaders Liverpool with two games. The Villains got off to a perfect start in September, winning their first five straight games to take a surprising lead at the top of the table Despite a brief stutter last month, they remain extremely confident after a comfortable 3-0 win over West Brom last time out Emiliano Martinez has conceded more goals than any other goalkeeper since joining Arsenal last summer, while new signings Ollie Watkins, Ross Barkley and Matty Cash immediately became the mainstays of Smith’s new team, for which there is a European place, is now firmly within reach

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace is ranked 13th after a poor run of just one win in their last five games Place Roy Hodgson’s team showed promise New signing Eberechi Eze has gained a foothold alongside Wilfried Zaha but a 7-0 win over Liverpool last week left the Eagles wounded Villa won 2-0 when the two sides last met in July Trezeguet scored both goals before Christan Benteke was sent off. Follow all the action listed below live as Leicester v Manchester United close:

Arsenal bosses try to put pressure on Chelsea ahead of Boxing Day clash as his side desperately seek their first Premier League win in nearly two months

Arsenal lost the game in question last season Chelsea scored two goals in the last seven minutes and won 2-1

This is a big derby game Chelsea can get back to the top 4 if they take all three points, but for Arsenal a win would be huge

You only collected 14 points in the first 14 games and are therefore on the 15th Table position Three points would give them Leeds, but more importantly, it would end a run of seven league games without a win

90 3 minutes: full time Very impressive exhibition by Aston Villa that has swept aside Crystal Palace in Villa Park. Three goals and 45 minutes with 10 men Villa are up to sixth in the table

87 mins: Ollie Watkins just can’t score Jack Grealish hits the backline and pits it for Watkins. He lowers the ball towards the bottom corner and hits the post. The ball bounces away and is claimed in goal by Guaita

84 minutes: Eze receives a yellow card for Palace The visitors keep coming as they work in the ball from the right. Riedewald knocks it out of the area to Eze, who shoots and forces Martinez to make a low save

79 mins: Roy Hodgson will be very disappointed with this performance Crystal Palace have a man advantage in the second half but you wouldn’t if you watched the game Aston Villa hit them again and again as they counterattack and break the lines

76 minutes: GOAL! Game is off Villa clears their lines and Grealish takes it forward He sends the ball in the box to Watkins who throws it back to El Ghazi He runs onto the pass and hits it for the first time, rolls the ball away from Guaita and finds the back one Corner of the network

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