Palace Take On Title Challengers Arsenal In Early Kick Off

A quick turnaround for the Eagles after that narrow cup defeat in midweek as they make the short trip across London to face the Gunners. 

 

MATCH INFORMATION

  • 12.30pm – 20th January 2024
  • Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London N7 7AJ

 

PREVIOUS MEETING

The last time Palace made the trip it ended in a 4-1 defeat as goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Sako gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the break. Granit Xhaka made it three shortly into the second half but Jeffery Schlupp pulled one back. Saka grabbed his second and Arsenal’s fourth with more than a quarter of an hour left to play. 

MAN OF THE MATCH – Bukayo Saka (9.2)

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney. Assistants: Scott Ledger, Dan Robathan. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Steve Meredith.

 

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Cheick Doucoure, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Rob Holding, Joel Ward, Michael Olise, and Jodan Ayew will not feature. 

ARSENAL – Jurrien Timber, Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all unavailable while Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus are doubts.  

 

DISCIPLINARY RECORD

RED CARDS – Jordan Ayew (1), Takehiro Tomiyaso (1), Fabio Vieira (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Kai Havertz (5)

 

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 21/08/23 Palace 0-1 Arsenal
  • 19/03/23 Arsenal 4-1 Palace
  • 05/08/22 Palace 0-2 Arsenal
  • 04/04/22 Palace 3-0 Arsenal
  • 18/10/21 Arsenal 2-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 17/01/24 Everton 1-0 Palace
  • 04/01/24 Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 30/12/23 Palace 3-1 Brentford
  • 27/12/23 Chelsea 2-1 Palace
  • 21/12/23 Palace 1-1 Brighton

Last FIVE results for Arsenal;

  • 07/01/24 Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
  • 31/12/23 Fulham 2-1 Arsenal
  • 28/12/23 Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
  • 23/12/23 Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
  • 17/12/23 Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

 

LEAGUE POSITION

Heading into the fixture, Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 21 points from 20 games played, while Arsenal are 4th with 40 points from the same amount of games. 

 

RECORD AGAINST ARSENAL

  • Played 54
  • Won 6
  • Drawn 16 
  • Lost 32

 

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Michael Olise 7.60
  • Bukayo Saka 7.51
  • Declan Rice 7.19
  • Eberechi Eze 7.12

 

ONE TO WATCH

MARTIN ODEGAARD

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

The Norwegian midfielder has been an inspired signing for the Gunners following his initial loan spell in 2021. It has allowed the club to build a team around a strong and talented player who showed signs from a very early age, hence his headline making move to Real Madrid in 2015.

 

KEY CLASH

NATHANIEL CLYNE v GABRIEL MARTINELLI

The former Liverpool man has stepped in and done a very good job in place of Joel Ward who will find it difficult to get back in the side. He will be up against a Brazilian who is often a thorn in the side of Palace in these match ups. 

 

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Odsonne Edouard (6 – 17th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Jordan Ayew (5 – 14th in PL)
  • PASSES – Joachim Andersen (1,171 – 20th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (46 – 13th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Joachim Andersen (1,452 – 20th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Ebere Eze (40)
  • FOULS – Jordan Ayew (32 – 5th in PL)
  • DISPOSSESSED – Jordan Ayew (51 – 2nd in PL)
  • SAVES – Sam Johnstone (34 – 18th in PL)
  • CLEARANCES – Joachim Andersen (97 – 2nd in PL)
  • BIG CHANCES MISSED – Jordan Ayew/ Odsonne Edouard (4)

 

THE NUMBERS

Palace have won just 5 of the 47 league meetings, including only two away: 2-1 at Highbury in 1994 and 3-2 at Emirates Stadium in 2019.

Palace are unbeaten in their past 3 Premier League visits to Arsenal under Roy Hodgson. They were under the caretaker management of Paddy McCarthy when they lost 4-1 at the Emirates last season.

Arsenal have won 3 consecutive Premier League encounters against Palace, following a run of 1 victory in the previous eight.

Palace’s tally of 21 points is their lowest after 20 matches of a Premier League campaign since they amassed 19 in 2018-19 during Roy Hodgson’s first spell as manager.

Palace can win consecutive league games for the first time since April, when they won their first 3 after reappointing Hodgson as manager.

The Eagles have lost their opening league fixture of a calendar year on each of the past 8 occasions it was a London derby. Their only win in the last 17 Premier League away London derbies came at West Ham in November 2022.

Palace have conceded 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of league games this season, second only to Sheffield United’s 16.

Odsonne Edouard has scored 6 goals in 15 Premier League appearances in 2023-24, equalling his best return in a season (set in 2021-22). He has not made a league appearance since a home defeat versus Liverpool on 9 December.

Eberechi Eze is one short of 100 Premier League appearances. The only player to score in his 100th Premier League game for Palace is Christian Benteke in a 3-1 defeat at Everton on 8 February 2020.

 

TEB PREDICTION

The hosts have not won in four games, their last victory was in mid-December against Brighton which really puts the pressure on them going into this home game. However, they come off their winter break having last played on 7 January so will be fresh, whereas Palace had to endure a narrow defeat in the cup in midweek on Merseyside. The mood around Palace is not great at the moment and even while Arsenal are not in great form, they really must turn it around this weekend, which probably makes things even more difficult for the Eagles. 

FINAL SCORE: 3-0 to Arsenal

 

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