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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal match Preview

09 Apr 2017 Keith M. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Crystal Palace

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Kick-off
19:00 GMT
10 April 2017

Arsenal FC

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Kick-off
19:00 GMT 10 April 2017

Crystal Palace welcome London rivals, Arsenal, to Selhurst park in this weekend’s Monday Night Football fixture. The outcome of the match will have a big impact at both ends of the table as the hosts look to consolidate their Premier League place and the visitors look to reach the top 4 once again. Palace are currently 17th with 3 points separating them from the drop zone whilst Arsenal are 5th with a 4-point gap between them and Champions League football, however they do have a game in-hand.

STATS

  • Crystal Palace head into the match in their best form of the season after they’ve managed 4 wins in their last 5 games. A huge 2-1 win away at Chelsea was the highlight of their season and could be huge in their bid to stay up. They were defeated 3-1 in their last game away at Southampton.
  • Arsenal have been really poor in recent weeks in the league and they have only managed 2 wins in their last 5. The pressure on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders was eased slightly as they ran out 3-0 winners over West Ham in their last league match.
  • It’s record-signing, Christian Benteke, who has been Palace’s top scorer in the league this season with 11 goals but it’s Wilfried Zaha who has grabbed all the headlines. His fantastic form has been vital to their good recent form chipping in with goals and assists.
  • Alexis Sanchez has been Arsenal’s saving grace this season and his 19 goals, only bettered by Romelu Lukaku, have kept Arsenal within range of a Champions League spot. Mesut Ozil has been particularly poor and will hope to rekindle his incredible form.

HEAD TO HEAD

Crystal Palace last win over Arsenal came way back in 1994 and Arsenal have won 7 of the last 8 meetings between the sides. The return fixture earlier this season finished 2-0 to the Gunners.

Head to head matches: Crystal Palace - Arsenal FC

01.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Crystal Palace 2:0

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

The Eagles will need a huge performance on Monday if they want to beat Arsenal in both their defence and then going forward. They’ve been brilliant at the back since the signing of Mamadou Sakho in January and have been decent in attack. Yohan Cabaye has been added to the already-long injury list and will be a big miss against Arsenal but James McArthur could return to the side.

Latest matches: Crystal Palace

05.04.2017 Prem Southampton FC Crystal Palace 3:1 L
01.04.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Crystal Palace 1:2 W
18.03.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Watford FC 1:0 W
04.03.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace 0:2 W
25.02.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Middlesbrough FC 1:0 W

ARSENAL NEWS

After a win in their last game, Arsenal will want to get a winning run going to put pressure on the teams above them in the top 4. A win could see them go within a point of a top 4 place and with no new injuries, they have a great chance to take all 3 points from their fellow Londoners.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

05.04.2017 Prem Arsenal FC West Ham United 3:0 W
02.04.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Manchester City 2:2 D
18.03.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Arsenal FC 3:1 L
11.03.2017 FA C Arsenal FC Lincoln City 5:0 W
07.03.2017 UEFA Arsenal FC Bayern Munich 1:5 L

SUMMING UP!

It’s a massive game for both teams as they both look to achieve very different aims at the end of the season. With a great run of form and home support, Palace have a perfect chance to beat an out-of-form Arsenal side. But it’s still the Gunners who head into the game as favourites. They should have too much attacking quality to beat the Eagles but could easily find this game a banana skin. It should be a cracking London derby.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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