On Thursday night, Arsenal travels to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, as the Gunners look to cut the gap on fourth place Liverpool.
The home side are unlikely to be easy opponents, as the Eagles are now undefeated in their last eight games in the top-flight. However, Roy Hodgson’s team have drawn five of those eight undefeated games.
The Eagles are by no means out of the relegation scrap, despite an improvement in fortunes of late. In fact, they are 16th in the top-flight table, just a point above Bournemouth who occupy the last relegation spot in the top-flight.
Palace’s home form has played a big part in the Eagles recent good form, as Hodgson’s side have won three and drawn three of their last six league outings at Selhurst Park. The home side have also scored two goals in each of their last six league games on home soil.
Arsenal’s recent form in the Premier League has been patchy. The Gunners have drawn three of their last five top-flight games to fall four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the table. The Gunners were involved in a pulsating 3-3 draw against Liverpool last time out in the top-flight.
The side from north London have a poor away record in recent months in the top-flight, as Arsene Wenger’s side have won just two of their last ten away games in the Premier League. The Gunners have however drawn their last two away games at Southampton and West Ham.
Arsenal have lost just one of the last 13 meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions. However, that defeat was last time these two teams met in the top-flight in this fixture, as the Gunners went down to a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.
The home side still have a number of injuries to contend with for this fixture. Connor Wickham, Damien Delaney and Mamadou Sakho are definitely ruled out due to injury, while Joel Ward and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also big doubts. Striker Christian Benteke should return from suspension.
For Arsenal, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are ruled out due to injury, while Spanish defender Nacho Monreal is looks set to miss out due to injury. German international Shkodran Mustafi could replace the versatile former Malaga star.
Arsenal are favourites to win this game at 5/6, the draw is 3/1 and the home side are 10/3 to emerge from this clash with a vital win.
The Gunners recent form has not been great and Palace will not be easy opponents. However, Arsenal should have enough quality to see off the home side.
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