Crystal Palace endured a very tough Yuletide period and with resurgent Arsenal next up for them here, Roy Rodgson’s side are very much betting outsiders for this London Derby.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 11th, January
Venue: Selhurst Park
TV Channel: BT Sport
Crystal Palace’s woes were compounded when they were bundled out of the FA Cup by Derby County last weekend, a 1-0 loss which continued a three-game winless run.
The hosts have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, and have slid down to ninth on the standings. They are however unbeaten in all of their last three home league games at Selhurst Park, winning two of those games, which is their only cause for optimism.
Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, have led a renaissance of some sort, ending a five-game winless streak when they downed Manchester United 2-0 on New Year day, and followed up the impressive result up with another victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday.
The last time the Gunners managed successive league wins was back in August 2019, a period which spanned over 18 top flight games.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 trips to Selhurst Park, drawing 2-2 the last time they played there in 2018.
Palace have a lengthy list of unavailable players for this clash, with no less than 12 mooted.
Luka Milivojevic is suspended following his red card in the loss to Derby.
All of Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Max Meyer, Jairo Riedewald, Víctor Camarasa and Patrick van Aanholt are among the players rated doubtful.
Only Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers are confirmed to miss this game, while Héctor Bellerín is struggling with a thigh problem.
Head to Head
This will be the 47th competitive game between these two sides, with Arsenal managing a quite significant 28 wins to Palace’s five. 13 games have ended as draws.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of Crystal Palace’s last eight league games.
There have been over 2.5 goals in all of the last six matches between these two sides.
Crystal Palace have had a torrid few weeks, and they have won just one of the last five games they have contested. Four of those games featured under 2.5 goals so Hodgson’s side might feel confident of schackling their visitors. Crystal Palace’s last five games in all competitions (LWDDL)
Arsenal have turned a corner following their back-to-back wins to open the year and are understandably huge favourites for this one. Arsenal’s last five games in all competitions (DDLWW)
Arsenal will feel confident of toppling the Eagles following their big results in recent weeks, but I feel Palace can grab at least a point from this one, having dropped far too many points of late. Backing the game to be deadlocked at both halves is quite tricky, and is priced up at an enormous 5/1.
Games between the two teams have produced fireworks recently but if I’d be opposing the goals market here. Under 2.5 goals is 11/10 and is worth backing.