A game that can potentially save the season for Arsenal is on the horizon. Arsenal would also hope that their London neighbours Crystal Palace would help them climb up in the Premier League table. However, it is unlikely that Roy Hodgson’s men would oblige so easily.
The Eagles would also want to give their parting boss a gift in his final home game as the former Liverpool manager is set to leave the club at the end of the season. Arsenal would want to ruin that party as they look for a place in the Europa League. They are four points behind seventh-placed West Ham right now.
The Europa League qualification is not in their own hands but they will try to win maximum points in the final two games of the season. As for the Eagles, they have secured survival for this season in the Premier League. The game is not of much significance to them in terms of the table position.
Analysis: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
The home side must be buzzing after their 3-2 victory over Aston Villa. They came from behind twice to beat the Villans. While Arsenal would look to carry the momentum after they stunned Chelsea 0-1 away from home.
However, Palace could employ similar tactics which the Gunners used to win over Chelsea. They will defend in big numbers and they will try to frustrate Arsenal’s attackers. This tactic has worked against Mikel Arteta’s team this season and the Eagles will be hoping it can work again.
The switch of play from Arsenal will be the key to get them goals. This season Palace have struggled against teams that play quickly around the box. However this season the Gunners have struggled to play such quick and attractive football.
When and Where?
Crystal Palace will host Arsenal in the Premier League on 19th May 2021 at Selhurst Park at 11:30 PM (IST).
Team News and Injury Updates
Luka Milivojevic and Patrick Van Aanholt both of them are ruled out for the game. While there are doubts about the availability of Nathaniel Clyne.
Predicted Line Up: Jack Butland; Tyrick Mitchell, Gary Cahill, Cheikhou Kouyate, Joel Ward; James McCarthy, Jeffrey Schlupp, Eberechi Eze; Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke.
David Luiz has been ruled out for the game, while Granit Xhaka might be available for the game but there are doubts about it.
Predicted Line Up: Bernd Leno; Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers; Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Head to Head stats: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
The Eagles are unbeaten in their previous five Premier League games. While the Gunners have lost only once at Palace in their previous 15 games.
Total: 48, Crystal Palace: 5, Arsenal: 28, Drawn: 15.
The Ivorian has been the best player for the Eagles and he has to be at his best for them to get something out of the game. Zaha is an excellent dribbler and he will cause problems to the Gunners’ defence.
Emile Smith Rowe
The visitors will find it difficult to create chances. The young Englishmen has to be at his best to open up Palace’s defence. They have Aubameyang upfront who can be lethal but he will need chances to score goals and Smith Rowe has to be the creative player to create chances.
12th Man Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 vs Arsenal 1
The Gunners have struggled to open up teams who sit back and defend deep. However, they have should be able to score one goal. But they also have a leaky defence and they could concede a goal on the other end.