Vieira Faces Emotional Return To Former Club But Promises Eagles Come First

There is no doubting that this will be a welcome visit to familiar ground for Patrick Vieira as he visits Arsenal as a manager for the first time since he left for Juventus back in 2005 after making almost 300 appearances for the Gunners.

DATE

18th October 2021

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London N7 7AJ

LAST TIME

The two sides played out a goalless draw which benefitted the Eagles far more back when the two sides last met at the Emirates in January. It could have been far better for Palace but a James Tomkins effort came back off the woodwork.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Eberechi Eze (7.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are the only two injury concerns but both are making good progress and may soon be available for selection.

ARSENAL – Granit Xhaka is expected to miss out with a knee injury while Gabriel Martinelli is a doubt with a minor injury.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Granit Xhaka (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – Conor Gallagher (2), James McArthur (2), Joel Ward (2), Albert Sambi Lokonga (2), Joachim Andersen (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 19/05/2021 Palace 1-3 Arsenal                  
  • 14/01/2021 Arsenal 0-0 Palace
  • 11/01/2020 Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • 27/10/2019 Arsenal 2-2 Palace
  • 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 03/10/2021 Palace 2-2 Leicester
  • 27/09/2021 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 18/09/2021 Liverpool 3-0 Palace
  • 11/09/2021 Palace 3-0 Spurs
  • 28/08/2021 West Ham 2-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 02/10/2021 Brighton 0-0 Arsenal
  • 26/09/2021 Arsenal 3-1 Spurs
  • 22/09/2021 Arsenal 3-0 Wimbledon
  • 18/09/2021 Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
  • 11/09/2021 Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 49
  • Won 5
  • Drawn 15
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.19
  • Gabriel Magalhaes 7.03
  • Aaron Ramsdale (6.96)
  • Odsonne Edouard 6.87

ONE TO WATCH

MARTIN ODEGAARD

FORMER CLUBS – Drammen Strong, Stromsgodset, Real Madrid, Heerenveen (loan), Vitesse (loan), Real Sociedad (loan)

Once touted as the bright new thing of European football which secured a high profile transfer to Real Madrid at a young age, he never really lived up to the pressure of the expectation. However, in his loan spell at Arsenal he showed glimpses and since making his move permanent this season he scored a superb free kick which highlights just what he is capable of.

KEY CLASH

ODSONNE EDOUARD v BEN WHITE

The new Palace striker has been a breath of fresh air with his turn of pace and lively style of play which sees him play on the front foot. He will be a real challenge for the former Brighton defender as he will be looking to continue to impress following his move from north of the border.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Arsenal have lost just one of the past 8 meetings (W3, D4)
  • They have failed to win on each of the last 3 occasions they’ve hosted Palace (D2, L1)
  • Palace have won only 4 of their 42 league fixtures against Arsenal (D13, L25)
  • Palace have lost just 1 of their past 6 games in the Premier League (W1, D4), but  have won only 1 of their last 9 away league fixtures (D2,L6)
  • The Eagles have scored 1 first-half goal in this season’s Premier League – no team have scored fewer
  • 4 of Palace’s last 5 Premier League goals have been scored by substitutes

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Gallagher/ Edouard/ Zaha (2 – 17th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Benteke/ Gallagher/ Zaha (1)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (471 – 10th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (24 – 1st in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (535 – 20th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Conor Gallagher (15)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (22 – 8th in PL)

PREDICTION

All the chat ahead of this game will be about the return of Vieira to his former stomping ground. Palace put in some good performances before the international break and the former Arsenal man will be keen for his team to impress at the home of his former employers. We are going for the Eagles to bring a point back south of the river.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 8/13
  • Draw – 11/4
  • Away – 9/2
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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