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Arsenal v Crystal Palace Premier League preview

Posted on January 19, 2018 by David Nugent

On Saturday afternoon, Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways.

Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a poor run of form in the Premier League. The Gunners have won just two of their last nine league games, although five of those games have finished in draws.

Last time out in the Premier League, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat Bournemouth. The defeat leaves Arsene Wenger’s team eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for the Champions League places.

The team from north London have a decent home record in the Premier League, losing just one of their last 18 league outings at the Emirates Stadium. However, the Gunners have won just one of their last four league games at home.

Arsenal have a good recent record against the visitors, winning eight of their last ten meetings with Palace in all competitions. The Gunners have also scored at least two goals in eight of their last ten meetings with Palace.

Crystal Palace’s recent Premier League form has improved massively of late, as the Eagles have lost just one of their last 12 league games. However, that one defeat came in the reverse fixture in December.

Last time out, Roy Hodgson’s side recorded a 1-0 home win against Burnley, which was their second consecutive win after a 2-1 win at Southampton.

Despite their recent good run of form, Palace are 12th place in the Premier League table, just five points clear of the relegation zone.

Palace are unbeaten in their last five away game in the top-flight. However, the Eagles have won just two of their last 13 games on their travels in the Premier League. Both those wins have been in their last three games on the road.

Team News

The Gunners are set to once again be without Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also doubtful. Alexis Sanchez is unlikely to feature due to the ongoing transfer speculation.

Crystal Palace have a long injury list. Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Jason Puncheon, Connor Wickham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all ruled out due to injury. Andros Townsend is also a doubt.

Betting News

Arsenal are the favourites to win this game at odds of 1/ 2, the draw is 15/4 and the visitors are odds of 6/1 to record an away win.

A lot has happened in the last week at Arsenal. However, the Gunners will be hopeful of recording a victory.

Will Arsenal record a victory against Crystal Palace?

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