Arsenal make the short trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon
knowing that victory are going to be enough to maneuver before their hosts within the Premier League table.
As well as having the chance to maneuver four points beyond the Gunners, Palace could enter the highest six if they prevail during this London derby.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are hit by a spate of injuries, and Arteta are going to be looking to capitalise
and earn his second League win during a row after an impress 2-0 victory over Manchester United.
Arsenal have begun winning games again and can hope to continue that trend against a Crystal Palace side
hampered by significant injury problems and Luka Milivojevic missing out through suspension.
Roy Hodgson is unlikely to be afraid considering the fragility of Arsenal’s confidence and,
more pertinently, their defence. Palace are some extent before Mikel Arteta’s side and can want to stay that way.
Wilfried Zaha being linked to a move away could upset the applecart and supply a chance for Arsenal to sneak another scratchy win.
When the players fancy the pitch on Saturday, there could also be some disappointment lingering from the defeat to Derby County within the FA Cup,
with Palace now having lost two home cup ties to EFL opposition this season.
In the grand scheme of things, however, it gives Hodgson the prospect to prioritise the Premier League at a time when he has seen variety of his first-team squad suffer with injuries.
While which will ease come the weekend, the pressure is on his players to deliver maximum points,
especially with a visit to Manchester City arising seven days later.
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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Team News
Having been restored to the starting lineup in recent games,
Mesut Ozil is predicted to continue within the number 10 role behind Alexandre Lacazette.
Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang are likely to require the positions on the flanks, leaving Reiss Nelson to sink to the substitutes’ bench.
Lucas Torreira should replace Matteo Guendouzi, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles could start at right-back after missing the clash with Leeds.
Palace still affect mounting injury problems, with a scarcity of options at left-back potentially resulting in an outing for Sam Woods.
Hodgson’s options are further limited by the suspension of Luka Milivojevic, who was sent off against Derby last weekend.
On a positive note, Christian Benteke has shaken off a minor injury to form himself available for selection.
Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic starts a three-match suspension after his sending off within the FA Cup.
He joins a number of injured players, but the Eagles are expected to be boosted by the return of Wilfried Zaha, Jairo Riedewald and Max Meyer.
New loan signing Cenk Tosun could even be included after joining from Everton for the remainder of the season.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has resumed light training following a thigh problem but won’t feature.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Line Up
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedeweld; McCarthy, Kouyate, McArthur; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Head to Head
Saturday’s fixture will represent the 47th competitive meeting between the 2 clubs,
with Arsenal registering 28 wins as compared to only five victories for Palace.
However, the Eagles are unbeaten within the last three encounters,
which incorporates a 2-2 attract last season’s corresponding fixture in October 2018.
Neither team have kept a clean sheet during this head-to-head since Palace prevailed by a 3-0 scoreline in April 2017.
How to watch Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage from 12pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
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