Crystal Palace will host Arsenal in a London derby at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles are going through a rough patch, and this is another difficult assignment for them.
Palace are without a win in their last four league games, and they have lost their three on the bounce. They come here following a 2-0 defeat at Everton last weekend. This poor run of form has left Palace in the 15th spot in the league table with seven points from their nine games. They are only a couple of points clear of the bottom three and in desperate need of points.
However, their terrible home form doesn’t inspire any confidence in their chances. The Eagles are yet to pick up a home win this season as both of their wins have come on the road. In fact, they are yet to score a league goal at Selhurst Park this season. Their only home point has come in the form of a goalless draw with Newcastle United.
Hence, we expect them to have a difficult time against the most in-form side in the league. Arsenal have made a huge impression under Unai Emery in recent weeks. The Gunners have picked up 11 wins on the trot in all competitions. They were involved in Europa League on Thursday and registered a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon. Prior to that, they had claimed an impressive 3-1 home win over Leicester City on Monday night.
On the back of seven consecutive wins in Premier League, the North London side have placed themselves in the fourth position. They are just a couple of points behind on Manchester City and Liverpool, and another three points would help them maintain pressure at the top.
Arsenal have been scoring for fun and they are currently the second-best attacking side behind City in Premier League. Emery’s players have netted 22 times in nine games. They have scored at least a couple of goals in their last eight league games, and hence, we expect them to continue their scoring streak on Sunday.
In their most recent stint in Premier League, Palace have faced Arsenal on ten occasions. They have managed just one win against their opponents and have lost on eight occasions.
Last season, the Gunners completed a double over their opponents. The North London were terrible on the road last season, but they still managed a 2-3 win in the corresponding fixture. The reverse fixture at Emirates Stadium ended in a 4-1 win for the Gunners.
Palace’s only recent success against Arsenal came in the 16-17 season when they registered a 3-0 home win.
Crystal Palace Team News
Christian Benteke is set to miss out for the Eagles. Centre-back Scott Dann missed the defeat to Everton, and he is also a doubt for the game on Sunday.
Arsenal Team News
Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are doubts for Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are expected to miss the game.
The Gunners have relied on strong second-half displays throughout their winning run. Their last seven league wins have been decided in second-half, and that’s why we are backing