League Duty Beckons For Palace As Run In To The End Of The Season Gets Underway

With all the excitement of the FA Cup as well as a trio of Eagles making England appearances this past week, it is a return to Premier League action at Selhurst Park as the Gunners make the short trip across London to face Palace

DATE

4th April 2022

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Back in May 2021 the Gunners left Selhurst Park with all three points thanks to two injury time goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian had given the visitors the first half lead but Christian Benteke levelled things up shortly after the break.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Nicolas Pepe (8.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Neil Davies. Fourth official: Peter Bankes. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Wade Smith

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – James McArthur (thigh) is expected to face a late fitness test while Wilfried Zaha (thigh) and Michael Olise (foot) are doubts and unlikely to be risked. Nathan Ferguson (thigh) continues to be a doubt

ARSENAL – Bukayo Saka (illness) is expected to return while Aaron Ramsdale (chest) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) are doubts

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Gabriel Martinelli (1), Gabriel Magalhaes (1), Granit Xhaka (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Conor Gallagher (8), Granit Xhaka (6), Joel Ward (6)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 18/10/21 Arsenal 2-2 Palace
  • 19/05/21 Palace 1-3 Arsenal
  • 14/01/21 Arsenal 0-0 Palace
  • 11/01/20 Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • 27/10/19 Arsenal 2-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 20/03/22 Palace 4-0 Everton
  • 14/03/22 Palace 0-0 City
  • 05/03/22 Wolves 0-2 Palace
  • 01/03/22 Palace 2-1 Stoke
  • 26/02/22 Palace 1-1 Burnley

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 19/03/22 Villa 0-1 Arsenal
  • 16/03/22 Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
  • 13/03/22 Arsenal 2-0 Leicester
  • 06/03/22 Watford 2-3 Arsenal
  • 24/02/22 Arsenal 2-1 Wolves

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 50
  • Won 5
  • Drawn 16
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.26
  • Bukayo Saka 7.07
  • Thomas Partey 7.02
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.89

ONE TO WATCH

BUKAYO SAKA

FORMER CLUBS – Greenford Celtic (youth), Watford (youth)

The young attacking midfielder is in good form for Arsenal this season and should he return from illness for this fixture which saw him pull out of the England squad, he will certainly be a player that the Palace back line will need to keep an eye on. Saka has scored 9 league goals so far this season, and has 5 assists to his name

KEY CLASH

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE v THOMAS PARTEY

Once again the midfield battle will be key for this match up with the two Africans going up against each other after a successful international break – both Senegal and Ghana qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have won just one of their last 9 league games against Arsenal (D5, L3)
  • The Eagles have triumphed in only 4 of the 43 league encounters overall
  • Arsenal’s only defeat in 16 league meetings at Palace came in a Monday night game in April 2017
  • Palace have failed to win any of their 5 league home games in 2022, while in the FA Cup they have triumphed in all 3 at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score of 8-1
  • They have lost only 1 of their past 10 matches in all competitions, a 1-0 league home defeat against Chelsea on 19 February
  • Palace have won just 1 of their past 15 top-flight fixtures on a Monday, a 2-1 victory at Brighton in February 2021
  • The Eagles have drawn all 3 Monday games this season, including a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in October
  • They have won just 1 of their last 17 league London derby matches, beating Tottenham 3-0 in September
  • Palace can record wins over Arsenal and Spurs within the same league campaign for the first time
  • The Eagles have scored 39 league goals this season, only 2 short of their final total in 2020-21
  • Michael Olise has 8 assists for Palace this season. Since their return to the Premier League in 2013, only Wilfried Zaha has provided more in a single campaign (9 in 2016-17)
  • Arsenal have won each of their last 5 league away games. It is their longest sequence of victories on the road in the same campaign since a run of 8 matches in 2002
  • The Gunners are 1 short of becoming the third club to record 250 Premier League away victories, after Manchester United (301) and Chelsea (262)
  • They are only 1 victory away from matching their overall tally of 18 league wins last season
  • The Gunners could lose successive Monday league matches for the first time in 12 years following their defeat at Everton in December
  • They can win 3 consecutive league London derbies for the first time since March 2015
  • Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are Arsenal’s leading league scorers with 9 goals each. Nicolas Anelka, with 17 in 1998/99, is the only player aged 21 or under to reach double figures in Premier League goals for the club in a single campaign

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 11th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (1781  – 10th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (90 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2075 – 12th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (45)
  • SAVES – Guaita (69 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

Arsenal are the only team still in existence that has never been relegated. They have been in the top flight of English football since the 1919/20 campaign

PREDICTION

With players returning from international duty, it will have helped some with this game being on the Monday night but maybe too soon for some even then. With key players likely to be missing for Palace, it could be a chance for fringe players to contribute and put their name in the hat for a start in the FA Cup semi-final. The visitors however have their sights set on a top four finish this season and are looking in good form for it so will want to start the run in well. We suspect both teams would be happy with a point

FINAL SCORE: 1-1  

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 3/1
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 19/20
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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