Thursday 28 Dec

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal - Match Preview

28 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Crystal Palace

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20:00 GMT
28 December 2017

Arsenal FC

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D

20:00 GMT 28 December 2017

The busy Christmas period in the Premier League is in full swing and after eight Boxing Day fixtures and one on the 27th, there is just one match left to play to complete matchweek 20. It’s a London derby between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, both of which disappointed to not be in action on the traditional Boxing Day round of matches. The hosts, Crystal Palace, are 16th in the table while their opponents are currently 6th outside the Champions League places.


  • Crystal Palace are a much better side under Roy Hodgson after the former England boss took over at Selhurst Park. They are unbeaten in eight in the league, a run which has taken them off the foot of the table and towards safety. They were pegged back by Swansea in their last match after taking the lead from the penalty spot, the game ended 1-1.
  • Arsenal are struggling to put together a decent run of form in the league this season and will be very lucky to qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners have won just once in their last five league matches, a 1-0 victory against Newcastle. They played out a very entertaining 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the weekend after being 2-0 down at one stage.
  • Wilfred Zaha is in a rich vein of form at the moment and with four league goals, he is Palace's current top scorer.
  • Alexandre Lacazette holds the same title for Arsenal at this stage of the season. He has seven goals in the league but will be hoping for more.


Crystal Palace don't have the best record against Arsenal and since the Premier League began in 1992, the Eagles have won just twice against them. However, one of these came in the most recent meeting in April where they beat the Gunners 3-0 in front of their own fans. Arsenal have seven wins in the last 10 matches against Palace, scoring exactly two goals in six of the victories. The last two featured five goals between them but they weren't games where both teams scored.


As this is their game-in-hand, Crystal Palace can go as high as 12th with three points and they will fancy their chances against an out-of-form Arsenal side. Connor Wickham and Chung Yong-Lee will miss out but they won't be sorely missed by the home side.

Latest matches: Crystal Palace

23.12.2017 Prem Swansea City Crystal Palace 1:1 D
16.12.2017 Prem Leicester City Crystal Palace 0:3 W
12.12.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Watford FC 2:1 W
09.12.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Bournemouth AFC 2:2 D
02.12.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace 0:0 D


Arsenal can go level on points with Tottenham in 5th place with a win but will need a win by eight or more goals to overtake them! Santi Cazorla probably won't feature for them for the rest of the season while Aaron Ramsey joins him on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

22.12.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Liverpool FC 3:3 D
19.12.2017 EFL Arsenal FC West Ham United 1:0 W
16.12.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Newcastle United 1:0 W
13.12.2017 Prem West Ham United Arsenal FC 0:0 D
10.12.2017 Prem Southampton FC Arsenal FC 1:1 D


On a much better run of results, Crystal Palace have reason to be optimistic as they head into their match with Arsenal. The visitors, however, are still clear favourites and will be expected to return to North London with a win, something that has been few and far between recently. It should be entertaining because of both sides' weak defences but Arsenal should prevail to take all three points.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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