Fans Are Back At Selhurst To See The Palace Take On Arsenal

It has been a long time coming but this fixture is a pivotal one but not for what will be happening on the field of play. The fact that fans will be taking their seats for this game, the final one at Selhurst this seaon, will be a milestone in itself. However, it could also be the final home game with Roy Hodgson in charge.

DATE

19th May 2021

KICK OFF

7pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

An early goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked to set the visitors on their way back in January 2020 but found an equaliser through Jordan Ayew just after the break. Shortly after the equaliser, the Arsenal goalscorer received a straight red card but the Eagles could not take advantage.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jordan Ayew (7.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson, Connor Wickham and James McArthur are all expected to miss out through injury while Luka Milivojevic, Patrick van Aanholt and Nathaniel Clyne are doubts.

ARSENAL – David Luiz is expected to be unavailable for selection due to injury while Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin are doubtful.  

DISCIPLINARY

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

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (8), Hector Bellerin (8), Gtanit Xhaka (7), Wilfried Zaha (6), Thomas Partey (5), Joel Ward (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 14/01/2021 Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 16/05/2021 Crystal Palace 3-2 Aston Villa
  • 11/05/2021 Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 08/05/2021 Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 01/05/2021 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 26/04/2021 Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 12/05/2021 Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
  • 09/05/2021 Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • 06/05/2021 Arsenal 0-0 Villarreal
  • 02/05/2021 Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal
  • 29/04/2021 Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 48
  • Won 5
  • Drawn 15  
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Christian Benteke 7.06
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.92
  • Bukayo Saka 6.92
  • Alexandre Lacazette 6.92

ONE TO WATCH

BUKAYO SAKA

FORMER CLUBS – none

The youth product has been one of few shining lights in a dismal season for the Gunners. At 19 years of age, he has already managed four full international caps for England with the expectation of many more. He made his first team debut for Arsenal in a Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava in November 2018 and has already passed 50 appearances for the club.

KEY CLASH

EBERECHI EZE v THOMAS PARTEY

The former QPR player is in fine form for Palace of late and will relish the opportunity to turn on the style against an Arsenal side who have disappointed many this season. He will likely come up against former Atletico midfielder Partey and will be interesting to see how he deals with the talented youngster.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have drawn their last 3 matches against Arsenal
  • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away league games
  • Palace have won 2 of their last 3 league games
  • Arsenal have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 away league games
  • Palace are unbeaten against Arsenal in 5 league games (W1, D4)
  • Arsenal have won their last 3 away league matches
  • Palace have not won this fixture in 3 attempts (D2, L1)

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (11 – 14th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Eberechi Eze (6 – 17th in PL)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (1,294)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (69 – 22nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1,668)
  • SHOTS – Christian Benteke (67 – 18th in PL)

PREDICTION

To be honest, we have absolutely no idea ahead of this game. Neither team have anything left to play for and with fans back in the ground for the final home game of the season, anything could happen in this one. After the excitement of the result on Sunday, we are going for an entertaining draw – but let’s have a better first half this time!

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 5/1
  • Draw – 16/5
  • Away – 1/2
  • Both teams to score – 4/5

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