Crystal Palace hosts Arsenal in today’s Premier League action, as Patrick Vieira takes on his former club Selhurst Park.
While Arsenal and Palace have had different kinds of success, they are still two of the most intriguing teams in the Premier League.
Both are built around developing young talent and operate in a slightly more progressive manner than previous incarnations.
Vieira aside, it should be a fascinating match as the Gunners attempt to regain fourth place from Tottenham, their rivals who were leapfrogged by a 5-1 demolition at Newcastle on Sunday.
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After celebrating beating Aston Villa, Arsenal’s win before the international break was controversial. However, it’s difficult to ignore the positive developments made by MikelArteta’s team. The Gunners finished fourth, three points ahead of any other side, despite having played fewer games than any of their five opponents.
Arsenal has been in a winning mood lately, winning six of seven matches to boost their Champions League bid. The Gunners are looking to continue their excellent form and will be visiting Crystal Palace on Monday night. They have lost five of their last five home matches.
Eagles in trouble
Palace may have worse home form than they currently are, as they have only won one of their nine Premier League matches against Arsenal. Palace has also lost just one of the 17 London derby matches (D8 L8).
Although this is a huge game for Patrick Viera, it’s difficult to see his team winning. Palace has not been able to win against the stronger teams of the league, except for a 3-0 victory over disjointed Tottenham.
Three of the five Eagles games at home have been lost to the top eight, and four of the six visits to the top six have ended in defeat. Palace will be unable to compete with the Gunners, who are in top form.
Arsenal proves too strong
Arsenal has had issues with the top teams this year, but they have made the most out of playing lower-ranked teams. The Gunners have lost five of their last three meetings with the top three teams, but they have won 17 of 23 league matches this season.
The Gunners also have a winning streak of five games on the road in the league, so I don’t see them losing. Arteta’s men are excellent value for points so I am making my first selection.
Arsenal conceded 19 times in 13 trips this term, and they will be missing Aaron Ramsdale in the next one. Back the Eagles to score in this match. They have scored 22 goals in 15 home matches. My correct score prediction is a Gunners victory of 2-1.
Crystal Palace predicted lineup: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Schlupp; Olise, Mateta, Edouard
Arsenal’s predicted lineup: Leno, Soares; White, Gabriel, and Tierney; Party; Xhaka; Saka Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal team news
After injuring themselves during the international break, Wilfried Zaha, as well as Michael Olise, are both doubtful for Palace. Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur will also be likely to miss the cut.
Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s goalkeeper, will likely take over from Aaron Ramsdale who continues to be sidelined with a hip injury. Bukayo Saka, who has been dropped from the England squad with Covid, could still be available to play.
Arteta expressed hope that Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has been absent for a while due to a calf problem, will soon be available.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction
Arsenal cannot afford to lose Palace, a dangerous prospect for any Arsenal home-based player. A draw seems to be reasonable.
1×2 Score prediction： 1-1 draw.