On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to attempt to consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top four this season.
Arsenal heads into the game on the back of a 1-0 win at Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final second leg that saw the north London side make it through to the last four of the competition.
The win means that Unai Emery’s team has now won six of their last seven matches in all competitions. The fact that the Gunners have conceded just once in seven games has also played a big part in the recent improvement in results.
In the league, Arsenal have won six of their last eight matches, which leaves them fourth in the top-flight table, a point behind third-place Tottenham and ahead of fifth place Chelsea only on goal difference. However, the Gunners do have a game in hand on the Blues.
Another positive for Emery’s side is that they have recorded ten straight wins in the league while scoring at least twice in nine of the ten wins.
Crystal Palace look to have secured their Premier League status, as the Eagles are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone on 39 points.
Roy Hodgson’s side has been highly inconsistent of late, as they have won four and lost four of their last eight league outings. Last time out, Palace suffered a 3-1 defeat at home against reigning champions Manchester City.
The Eagles recent away record is a decent one, as the team from the capital has won three of their last four Premier League games on their travels. Palace have been relatively prolific away from home of late in the top-flight, scoring at least twice in six of their last nine away matches.
Arsenal continues to be without Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin due to injury, along with Aaron Ramsey, who picked up an injury against Napoli. Meanwhile centre-back Sokratis will also miss out due to suspension. Denis Suarez and Granit Xhaka are also fitness doubts.
Palace head to north London without the services of centre-backs James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho and the versatile Jeffrey Schlupp. The trio will all miss out due to injury.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 8/15, the draw is odds of 15/4, while the visitors are odds of 5/1 to record a victory.
The Gunners will be highly confident of recording a victory in what is the first of two vital games in the next four days in their hopes of clinching a Champions League spot this season.
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