The Emirates has become a fortress with Arsenal winning the last ten in a row. In fact, they have not lost since the opening weekend of the season at home. The Gunners are set to host the Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace Premier League fixture on Sunday.
Out of their last 18 matches against Palace, Arsenal have won 14, drawn 3 and lost 1. In the broader picture, the Gunners have won 28 and lost 4 of the previous 44 encounters against the Eagles in all competitions, which should definitely ease the nerves.
So on paper at least, the Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace encounter shouldn’t be too difficult a task for the Gunners, but in reality, Palace could easily upset the form books and spring a surprise.
Palace are another team in a cluttered lower part of the Premier League that scrap it out for points to avoid the drop every season, but they are actually better than their position as stats suggests.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 20, 2019
Roy Hodgson, who was a dreadful England manager but is a solid club manager, has instilled a desire and steel to the proceedings but they are totally inconsistent, similar to Arsenal’s away performances.
They are extremely capable against a top six side, but have lost or drawn a handful of games that perhaps they should have won, which is why they find themselves fighting it out at the bottom.
A quick glance at the table tells you all you need to know, Palace have conceded 40 and scored 46. 11 wins, 6 draws and 17 defeats show that although, they are fairly durable on occasion, they lack a decisive and cutting edge in front of goal and have the misfortune to ship unnecessary goals up the other end.
However, there are talents in the side including Wilfred Zaha, Andros Townsend, Max Meyer, Bakary Sako, Luka Milivojevic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka which should really equate to at least a strong mid table position, but they need a 20 goal a season proven striker which rules out Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi.
The goals have to come from other areas of the field and you normally find Zaha and Townsend carving out the openings. These two will have to be kept quiet but with the suspension of Sokratis, Mustafi looks like he may have a busy shift on his hands.
Hodgson will no doubt play on that particular weakness which could provide them with the best opportunity of a breakthrough in the Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace match.
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and may also be without Xhaka (hip), Torreira (groin), Suarez (muscle) along with Holding, Bellerin and Welbeck who are longterm visitors to the treatment table.
Emery has reduced options but still has enough in the squad to deliver a win in the Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace game.
Preferred Team For The Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace:.
Defense: Maitland-Niles, Mavropanos, Koscileny, Kolasinac,
Midfield: Torreira, Giendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang,
Probable Team For The Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace:.
Defense: Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Kolasinac,
Midfield: Torreira, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang,