Where: Emirates Stadium, London, EnglandWhen: Saturday, January 20, 8:30 PM
The Gunners have been very stable until recently, when their results took a turn for the worse. They have a solid challenge this Saturday at the Etihad with the local rivals, Crystal Palace, coming to play. The Eagles’ form has been poor for quite a while, and it’s no wonder why they sit so low in the Premier League standings. They, too, need points in order to prevent further slump down the ladder.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Preview
The Gunners led the way in the Premiership at one point, but after that, suddenly slowed down, so they sit fourth in the table, having the same number of points as Tottenham, who is outside the Champions League zone.
Arsenal suffered three consecutive defeats prior to this meeting and has only one win in the last even appearances, counting in the FA Cup and the UCL games. Their problems in the attack emerged in the past 270 minutes, with the Gunners scoring only one goal.
Now, we have to mention some of our observations. Saka is in crisis, and that’s nothing new, but now, he isn’t only failing to contribute but making the entire team look much worse than it really is, and Arteta needs to do something about that.
The Eagles are in an even worse spot. One win in the previous ten games and two over the course of 14 events across all the competitions is an alarming situation. That’s the reason why Palace sits only a few points above the relegation zone.
Things will have to change otherwise, the end of the season could be pretty rough for the team from Selhurst Park. The first area that will need some improvement is the defense because Palace has only one clean sheet in the last ten games.
Four of their last five meetings have seen both teams netting, and the same number ended with a moderate efficiency, meaning two or three goals scored.
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Arsenal and Crystal Palace Possible Lineups
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Crystal Palace: Henderson; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Lerma, Richards, Hughes; Eze, Mateta, Schlupp
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Head to Head
Arsenal has three wins in a row over this rival, and the most recent was in August this season when they came back from Selhurst with a minimal 0-1 victory. Odegaard netted the only goal in the 53rd minute of play, and that came after a penalty.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Predictions
Arsenal needs these three points, and they have everything working in their favor to do so. The Gunners play at home, and they have an opponent in lousy form across the field against whom they know how to play, so overall, this should end with the hosts winning.
Our verdict: Arsenal win
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Odds