Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Preview | Latest Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Arsenal will be keen to extend their winning run to 12 games with another victory when we take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.
Unai Emery’s men haven’t lost since August 18th and made it 11 consecutive wins with a narrow 1-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night so we should be full of confidence heading in to this game.
Our 3-1 comeback win over Leicester City last Monday night has left us sitting fourth in the Premier League table but we’re now five points adrift of leaders Liverpool after they beat Cardiff today so we’ll be looking to cut the gap with a positive result tomorrow.
Palace have struggled for goals this season as they’ve found the back of the net just five times in their nine games so far and sit 15th in the division so Arsenal should be quietly confident of coming away with all three points.
Arsenal should welcome Petr Cech back in to the squad after he recovered from a hamstring injury but Bernd Leno could keep his place as he’s impressed during Cech’s absence in recent weeks.
A late decision will be made over the availability of Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as they’ve missed the last two games with hamstring injuries but Sokratis made a successful return to action in midweek.
Laurent Koscielny is back in full training after recovering from Achilles surgery but he’s not available for selection just yet while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also pushing to make his return from a fractured leg.
Emery is set to make several changes to his side with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette expected to be recalled.
Palace are able to call upon midfielder Max Meyer and forward Alexander Sørloth after they recovered from injuries but Christian Benteke and Joel Ward remain on the sidelines.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal: We’ve lost just one of our last nine away trips to Palace and come in to the game in excellent form so we’re understandably the heavy favourites. Palace are struggling to score goals but they can still be a tricky side and Wilfried Zaha will cause us problems. However, I’m backing Arsenal to edge it 2-1 to extend our winning streak.
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