Fixture That Has Always Seen Goals Could Be Perfect For Palace

A trip to the Emirates is up next for Palace in what is the second fixture of a difficult run of games, and once again we are facing a side that come into the match off the back of a loss.

DATE

27th October 2019

KICK OFF

4.30pm

VENUE

Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London N7 7AJ

LAST SEASON

An early Christian Benteke goal set the Eagles on their way in this fixture last season but the enigma that is Mesut Ozil equalised for the Gunners just after the break. Wilfried Zaha put Palace back into the lead and James McArthur scored a third with just over twenty minutes left to play. The hosts could only find one more goal courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang which meant the Eagles returned to South London with a well deserved three points.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE โ€“ Martin Atkinson

ASSISTANTS โ€“ Lee Betts, Peter Kirkup, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VAR โ€“ Jarred Gillett, Neil Davies (assistant)

INJURIES

PALACE – Vicente Guaita has a groin problem that saw him miss the home defeat to City and is 50/50 for this game. Martin Kelly is suffering from the same complaint but is less likely to feature. Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho continue to fight fitness battles and neither are expected to be involved.

ARSENAL – Reiss Nelson remains in the treatment room with a knee injury that will likely keep him out until the end of November.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

1 sending off – Ainsley Maitland-Niles

6 bookings – Luka Milivojevic

4 bookings – Granit Xhaka

3 bookings – Jordan Ayew

2 bookings – Joel Ward, Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, David Luiz, Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang, Saed Kolasinac, Sokratis

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 19/10/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 05/10/2019 West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 28/09/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City
  • 22/09/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 14/09/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 24/10/2019 Arsenal 3-2 V.d.Guimaraes
  • 21/10/2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal
  • 06/10/2019 Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth
  • 03/10/2019 Arsenal 4-0 Standard Liege
  • 30/09/2019 Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 45
  • Won 5
  • Drawn 12
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Nicolas Pepe 7.22
  • Matteo Guendouzi 7.14
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.03
  • James McArthur 6.99

ONE TO WATCH

NICOLAS PEPE

Former clubs – Solitaire Paris Est, Poitiers, Angers, Orleans (loan), Lille

The Ivory Coast international made the big money move to North London in the summer after a couple of seasons at French side Lille that saw him play 74 games and scoring 35 goals. He made his professional debut in 2012 for Poitiers before moving to Angers in 2013. Lille came calling in 2017 who paid 10million Euros for his services. To date, he has 18 international caps after making his debut against France in 2016.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v DAVID LUIZ

If Arsenal had any full backs that were certain of starting this one, we would have chosen one of them but there is a feeling that after the frustrations that Wilfried Zaha experienced against Manchester City last weekend, this could be a game that he will put in a performance. Not least because it is against the team that he was rumoured of joining in the summer. If he cuts inside as much as he usually does he will more often than not come face to face with David Luiz and if that is in the penalty area, the Brazilian could make a clumsy challenge that he has been known to on more than one occassion. Alternatively, the former Chelsea centre back could have a blinder.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Arsenal are undefeated in 21 of their last 22 home matches in the Premier League
  • This fixture has seen plenty of goals of late with an average of 4 scored per game over the last 6 meetings
  • Matteo Guendouzi has the most passes (562) between the two sides so far this season ahead of Granit Xhaka (523)
  • Palace are unbeaten in the last two fixtures between the two sides
  • Joel Ward has the most tackles (23) between the two sides so far this season ahead of Luka Milivojovic (19)

PREDICTION

These are often entertaining games between the two sides and this weekend promises to be no different. Once again, it is a late Sunday afternoon kick off, off the back of the hosts involvement in the Europa League during the week. Meanwhile, Palace will have had the chance to prepare well for this match which will hopefully stand them in good stead. We are expecting goals but for it to end up with the points being shared. It will be interesting to see how international teammates Zaha and Pepe do going up against each other

Final score: 2-2

OPPOSITION VIEW

This week TEB had a chat with popular Arsenal fan group, the Gay Gooners, who told us more about what they do, what they are about along with views ahead of the game.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 4/9
  • Draw – 7/2
  • Away – 11/2
  • Both teams to score – 4/7

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