Arsenal is set to lock horns with Crystal Palace in the 18th match day of the Premier League. The clash is scheduled on 15th January in the Emirates stadium.
The hosts who were looking for some redemption has finally managed to win games, helping them to hold on to their fort that was crumbling like a house of cards a couple of weeks ago.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace will be looking to make life difficult for the home team as they try to avoid sinking into the relegation zone.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Offensive and defensive stats
Arsenal’s attack has the services of Aubameyang and Lacazette who will lead the attack. Alexandre Lacazette is a key candidate in the lineup with 9 goals in 19 games for the team. He has 78% pass completion rate and provides about 1.5 shots on target per game with a rating of 6.97.
Aubameyang’s lack of form has been a major concern for the side with the striker struggling to find the back of the net. He has 6 goals and an assist in 21 outings for the team in the premier league. He will have to up his game and has 78.4% pass success along with 1.3 aerials won per game.
Bukayo Saka pitched in with a much-needed brace against West Brom as the winger is looking in good touch in recent outings.
The Crystal Palace will have to come out all guns blazing with their attack leading them to grab a win against Gunners.
Christian Benteke will have to find some form for the team who has 3 goals in the last 13 outings. Along with this he has 56.8% pass accuracy and provides with 1.9 shots on target and 0.2 dribbles per game.
Andros Townsend is a key player in the lineup who strength lies in crossing and dribbling. The English forward has a goal and three assists in 16 appearances along with 71.2% pass success.
With the other two not looking in good touch, Wilfried Zaha has carried the side with 8 goals and two assists in 16 games along with 2.4 shots on target per game. It is important for him to fire at the Emirates stadium on a weekday.
The Arsenal backline has the likes of Bellerin, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney who did a quality job against West Brom to hold a clean sheet.
Rob Holding needs to do a better job as the center-back who has 85.8% pass success. He also enjoys 1.4 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 3.9 clears per game.
Hector Bellerin of Spain has 83.4% pass completion success and dribbles very well. He intercepts well with an average of 1.1 per game and 1.6 clears that makes it tough for the opponent.
Kieran Tierney will probably come in for the game who is excellent in aerial duels and tackles extremely well. Along with 82.3% pass completion, he has 0.6 tackles and 2.3 clears on an average. He also scored his first goal of the season in his last outing.
The backline of the Crystal Palace will have the services of Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate and Aanholt. James Tomkins’ skills include interceptions and most importantly the passing accuracy. The English defender has 76% pass accuracy and 0.7 interceptions won per game along with 5.7 clears in every game so far.
Cheikhou Kouyate who plays center back provides with 77.1% pass accuracy along with 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 3.8 clears every game with a rating of 6.62.
The duo has to be supported by Ward and Patrick van Aanholt at the extremes so that they don’t allow the opponents to get into the penalty box.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Confirmed Line Ups
Crystal Palace: Guaita(GK) Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald; McArthur, Kouyate, McCarthy, Meyer; Zaha, Ayew.
Arsenal: Leno(GK) Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Football Predictions and Betting: Recent form
It seems like Arsenal have finally found their form with important victories under their belt. They are currently placed in 11th spot with 7 victories, 2 draws and 8 losses so far.
They got off to a decent start with triumphs against Fulham and West Ham but suffered their first loss against Liverpool. They started their December campaign with losses to Spurs, Burnley and Everton in back-to-back games pushing them down in the table.
They staged a decent comeback defeating Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom in the last three outings, steering their campaign back on to the right track.
Crystal Palace is currently in 14th spot in the table with 6 triumphs and 5 losses in 17 outings. They started their season off with a big win against Manchester United but lost the next two games against Everton and Chelsea.
They managed a couple of draws along with a win against Fulham but from then on, they lost 3 out of the next 4 games barring that lone victory against Leeds United. They were annihilated by the defending champions Liverpool and lost badly against Aston Villa.
In the last two games, they managed to force a draw against Leicester and finally managed to break the deadlock after 5 game with a win against Sheffield.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Head-to-head:
Matches: 16: Crystal Palace: 2 Arsenal: 9 Draw: 5
Last 5 meetings: Crystal Palace – 1, Arsenal – 1, Draw – 3.
Recent Meeting: Crystal managed to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in a Premier League fixture.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Football Predictions and Betting: Predicted winner
As pet the predictions and betting platforms, Arsenal's are favorites to win the upcoming clash with Crystal Palace.
FCTables has given 62% chance to the Gunners while the Crystal Palace has been given a meek 14% chance to get a famous win under their belt.
Bettingexpert has also gone on to heavily back Arsenal in what looks like a one sided with every chance of visitors pulling off a surprise.
Another platform FiveThirtyEight has also put the hosts in the drivers’ seat with a 60% chance whereas the away team has been given an outside chance of 16% in this clash.