Premier League Preview – Arsenal
It is a short trip across London for the Eagles this weekend as they travel to face Arsenal at the Emirates in front of the live television cameras once again.
Being the late kick off on Easter Sunday, a lot of Premier League football will have already been played meaning that both sides will know where they stand ahead of kick off.
The hosts go into this fixture off the back of a tough but impressive two legged Europa League victory in midweek while Palace have had the week to prepare since the disappointing but expected loss at home to title chasing City.
This fixture has taken place on 18 occassions in the top flight and only once have Palace managed to return to South London with the points. A brace from John Salako sealed all three points for the Eagles all the way back in October 1994. However, following the draw at Selhurst earlier in the season, Palace will be aiming not to beaten in both encounters in the same season for the first time since 1979/80 season.
Roy Hodgson will have no option but to stick with the second string centre back partnership of Martin Kelly and Scott Dann for the trip while he has a decision on who replaces Jeffrey Schlupp who is unlikely to play. That could pave the way for a start for Max Meyer while Christian Benteke, who was impressive against City, is expected to retain his place and lead the line.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho (knee) and James Tomkins (groin) are both likely to be out for the rest of the season while Jeffrey Schlupp (muscle) is a major doubt.
ARSENAL – Aaron Ramsay (hamstring), Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) all miss out while Denis Suarez (groin) is a major doubt.
The two sides last met at Selhurst Park in October. A penalty from Luka Milivojevic straight after the break put the hosts into the lead before Granit Xhaka levelled five minutes later. The Gunners took the lead within another five minutes courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a second spot kick from Milivojevic ensured the points were shared.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (8.0)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 28/10/2018 Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
- 20/01/2018 Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
- 28/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
- 10/04/2017 Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
- 01/01/2017 Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/03/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Arsenal;
- 18/04/2019 Napoli 0-1 Arsenal
- 15/04/2019 Watford 0-1 Arsenal
- 11/04/2019 Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
- 07/04/2019 Everton 1-0 Arsenal
- 01/04/2019 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
THE RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL
- Played 44
- Won 4
- Drawn 12
- Lost 28
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.27
- Alexandre Lacazette 7.19
- Luka Milivojevic 7.15
- Shkodran Mustafi 7.09
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Pyunik, Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United
The Armenian international has found starting spots hard to come by since moving to London from Manchester in January 2018 but he has had an impact when he has. The Arsenal number seven has managed 6 goals in his 15 games for the North London side this season along with 4 assists so has proved reliable when called upon. With the likely absence of Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey for this game, after suffering a hamstring injury in Napoli on Thursday, it is expected that the former Dortmund midfielder will make a start. His talent with the ball will be a real threat to the visitors and he will need to be closely monitored.
Arsenal are a talented side but a lot will depend on how much the trip to Italy midweek took out of them. They returned to North London with a Europa League semi final place secured but they remain in the battle for a top four spot in the Premier League and the pressure will be on them to take all three points with a Champions League place for next season at stake. Palace of course fair far better away from home and could spring a surprise at the Emirates but a lot will depend on how the make shift centre back pairing will deal with the hosts striker force. TEB are predicting a narrow loss for the Eagles.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Jake Coare’s prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/9
- Draw – 10/3
- Away – 5/1
- Both teams to score – 13/20
Find out what Arsenal fan Jake Coare, who is taking part in the walk from Selhurst to the Emirates, told TEB this week in The Arsenal View