Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal: Premier League – Match Preview

Arsenal travel to face Crystal Palace on Monday evening needing a victory to remain in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

Crystal Palace’s winning streak came to an end last time out as they were beaten 3-1 away at Southampton.

Late goals for the hosts saw Palace lose for the first time in five following an impressive streak that had helped them move out of the bottom three.

Arsenal eased past a poor West Ham in the midweek, with the floodgates opening after Mesut Ozil’s opener.

Further goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud helped them move, temporarily at least, above Manchester United into fifth.

Premier League form: Crystal Palace W4 D0 L1; Arsenal W2 D1 L2
Premier League top scorers
Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke 11 goals
Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez 18 goals

Match history
Arsenal eased past Palace earlier in the season, with Giroud scoring a superb acrobatic effort in the victory.

The Gunners have a good record at Selhurst Park and won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last term.

Last five Premier League meetings
Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 0 – 01/01/17
Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 1 – 17/04/16
Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2 – 16/08/15
Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2 – 21/02/15
Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1 – 16/08/14

Both teams to score – 13/20 with Betfair

Team news
Palace have numerous injury absentees here, including the likes of Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye and James Tomkins.

Mathieu Flamini could make a rare start, with James McArthur another who is a big doubt.

Emiliano Martinez is likely to start in goal again, with Petr Cech and David Ospina likely to miss out.

Laurent Koscielny remains a big doubt, meaning Gabriel will deputise in central defence again.

Expected starting XI’s
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp; Flamini, Milivojevic, Puncheon; Zaha, Benteke, Townsend
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

Predictions

Result: Draw (3/1 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Danny Welbeck (13/8 with Paddy Power)

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