Crystal Palace take on fellow London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
Crystal Palace registered a thrilling 3-2 win over Aston Villa on the weekend and will be ready to take on one of the big guns of the Premier League. They are currently 13th in the league, one point behind the Wolves in 12th place. The Eagles have just two days of preparation for this match, which may have a major impact on this encounter. Roy Hodgson will hope to finish his final few games as manager on a high.
With the likes of West Ham and Everton dropping points on the weekend and a fantastic 0-1 victory over Chelsea last week, there is a possibility of Arsenal sneaking into a European place next season. They need to win their final two games of the season, the first of which takes place against Crystal Palace. The Gunners are currently 9th in the table, and a win here will potentially take them to within 1 point of the top six.
In 23 head-to-head meetings between the two teams, the Gunners have 13 wins as compared to a lowly 3 wins for the Eagles. The last five meetings have seen Palace winning one, with the other four games ending in draws.
The previous league meeting between the two teams took place in January this year and ended in a goalless draw at Arsenal.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1, D4). The Eagles had only avoided defeat in 5 of their first 18 games against the Gunners in the competition (W2, D3, L13).
- Crystal Palace have never lost their final home league game in their 11 previous Premier League campaigns, winning 8 and drawing 3. Their last such defeat was in 1980-81, losing 3-1 to Nottingham Forest.
- Arsenal have lost just 1 of their last 15 away league games against Crystal Palace (W7, D7), losing 3-0 in April 2017.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 6 Premier League London derbies (W3, D3). The Gunners last had such a run between March 2016 – January 2017 (7 games), the 7th game of which was a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
- Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been involved in 7 goals in 14 Premier League appearances against Arsenal (4 goals, 3 assists). Only against Chelsea (9) and Sunderland (8) has he been involved in more goals in the competition.
- Emile Smith Rowe has scored in each of his last 2 Premier League appearances for Arsenal. The last Englishman to score in 3 consecutive league games for Arsenal was Theo Walcott (May 2013).
- Match: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal
- Venue: Selhurst Park, London
- Date & Time: May 19, 2021, at 11:30 PM IST
- Injured: James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho
- Doubtful: Nathaniel Clyne, Patrick van Aanholt, Luka Milivojevic
- Unavailable: None
- Injured: None
- Doubtful: David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka
- Suspended: None
Predicted Starting XI
Crystal Palace (4-4-2)
Vicente Guaita (GK); Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell, Scott Dann, Cheikhou Kouyate; Jaïro Riedewald, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp, Eberechi Eze; Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Bernd Leno (GK); Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny; Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Crystal Palace form guide: W-L-W-L-L
- Arsenal form guide: W-W-D-W-L
Crystal Palace will be desperate to give their manager Hodgson a proper send-off when he takes charge for one final time in front of the home fans. Expect the hosts to be aggressive and go all-out for a win here.
Underestimating Palace could be a fatal mistake for Arsenal at this point of the season. However, their recent form and record on the road should help them see out a narrow victory at Selhurst Park, boosting their chances of playing European football next season.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: V Guaita
- Defenders: T Mitchell, C Kouyate, R Holding, K Tierney
- Midfielders: E Eze, E Smith-Rowe, M Odegaard
- Forwards: W Zaha, C Benteke, P-Emerick Aubameyang
- Captain: E Smith-Rowe/P-Emerick Aubameyang
- Vice Captain: C Benteke/E Eze
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