Eagles Begin Tough Run Of Fixtures With Trip To The Emirates

Fresh off the back of an early FA Cup exit, Palace head across London to take on a rejuvenated Arsenal side which kicks off three Premier League games in quick succession.

DATE

14th January 2021

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ

LAST TIME

The Eagles last visited the Emirates Stadium back in October 2019 when two early goals from Sokratis and David Luiz looked to set the hosts on their way. Luka Milivojevic converted from the spot before the break and Jordan Ayew ensured Palace took a point back to South London with the equaliser early in the second half.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Luka Milivojevic (8.0)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Andre Marriner

Assistants – Scott Ledger, Simon Long, Simon Hooper (fourth official)

VAR – Graham Scott, Timothy Wood (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson

ARSENAL – Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Martinelli

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Granit Xhaka (1), Gabriel Magalhaes (1), Nicolas Pepe (1)

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Hector Bellerin (6), Luka Milivojevic (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 11/01/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • 27/10/2019 Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
  • 28/10/2018 Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
  • 20/01/2018 Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 08/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 02/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United
  • 28/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 26/12/2020 Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 19/12/2020 Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 09/01/2021 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
  • 02/01/2021 West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Arsenal
  • 29/12/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Arsenal
  • 26/12/2020 Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
  • 22/12/2020 Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 47
  • Won 5
  • Drawn 14  
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Andros Townsend 7.08
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.01
  • Alexandre Lacazette 6.94
  • Bukayo Saka 6.89

ONE TO WATCH

EMILE SMITH-ROWE

FORMER CLUBS – RB Leipzig (loan), Huddersfield Town (loan)

The Corydon born midfielder came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and is this season taking the opportunities that have come his way. With a loan spell in the Bundesliga where he made just a trio of appearances to successful spell at Huddersfield in the Championship, he has quickly gained experienced which has certainly helped his emergence at the Emirates.

KEY CLASH

JAMES TOMKINS v ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE

After a strong return to the starting line up, Tomkins will be keen to continue that run in the side even after the disappointment of last weekend. He will be up against a French striker that has hit the back of the net seven times in the league so far this season.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Arsenal have won their last 3 league matches
  • Palace are unbeaten against Arsenal in 4 matches
  • Arsenal currently sit 11th in the Premier League, just 1 point ahead of Palace
  • Palace’s last defeat to Arsenal was a 4-1 loss in January 2018

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (8 – 8th overall)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (3 – 17th overall)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (663)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (47 – 3rd overall)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (865)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (36 – 13th overall)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (49 – 10th overall)

PREDICTION

A return to league duty for both sides after very different experiences in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend. Palace were disappointing in their exit at the hands of Wolves while Arsenal squeezed past Newcastle United and will be buoyed by their recent form. With the hosts on a four game winning streak in the league, it is hard to see much else but Palace are unbeaten against the North London outfit for the same amount of games.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 1/2
  • Draw – 3/1
  • Away – 5/1
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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