Crystal Palace's 3-2 win over Aston Villa saw sides record 42 shots

Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa saw the sides record an incredible 42 shots between them – the second-most of any Premier League match in the entire season… but can you guess the only fixture with more?

  • Crystal Palace and Aston Villa both put on an attacking show at Selhurst Park
  • There were 42 shots in the match as Palace scored late on to earn 3-2 win
  • Hosts had 23 efforts and Villa had 19 as they enjoyed end-of-season freedom
  • Tally is the second most in the league so far this season – which match had more?

Crystal Palace and Aston Villa served up a feast of attacking football in the early kick off at Selhurst Park.

The hosts twice came from behind to level proceedings, before Tyrick Mitchell scored his first professional goal to give Palace all three points in a 3-2 victory.

Both sides went into the match with little to play for, and it resulted in an end-to-end classic which saw a massive 42 shots between the two sides.

Tyrick Mitchell scored an 84th-minute winner to give Crystal Palace a 3-2 win over Aston Villa

The sides recorded a massive 42 shots – the second highest total in the league this season

Palace managed 23 themselves, the most they’ve had since firing 25 efforts at West Ham’s goal in 2019, with Villa letting fly 19 times at Jack Butland’s goal.

Nine different Villa players registered a shot in the match, while Eberechi Eze led the way for his side with seven efforts himself.

Only one Premier League match has bettered that total tally so far this season – Manchester United and Leeds when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat the visitors 6-2 at Old Trafford.

There were 43 shots that day, with United responsible for 26 of them as they ran riot against a care-free Leeds team.

Manchester United and Leeds registered 43 shots in their match at Old Trafford in December

It was perhaps less of a surprise to see so much attacking action between those sides though, with Leeds playing in six of the 15 matches in the Premier League this season that have seen the most shots.

Villa have featured just once on that list of matches with the most shots, with 39 in their match against Marcelo Bielsa’s side at home earlier in the season. 

The tally at Selhurst Park was unexpected, certainly from the hosts’ perspective. Palace average just 9.2 shots this season, with only Sheffield United and West Brom producing worse numbers than that.

Dean Smith’s side are more reliable when it comes to attacking output though, their tally of 13.7 shots a game bettered by only the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea.

This was the final match both sides will play before fans return to stadiums midweek – supporters will be hoping their teams have left some excitement in the tank for when they are in attendance.

Crystal Palace will welcome some fans back to Selhurst Park on Wednesday against Arsenal

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