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The midweek action in the English Premier League climaxes on Thursday night as Arsenal host Crystal Palace in a London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been on the up in recent weeks – and boy did they need to be.
A rotten run of EPL form had left the Gunners worrying about a previously unthinkable battle with relegation.
But three wins on the spin have turned things around in north London, with Boxing Day’s London derby success at home to Chelsea paving the way for victories at Brighton and West Brom.
Gabriel Martinelli won’t feature here after pulling up lame in the warm up for the Gunners’ FA Cup clash with Newcastle.
Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes will both need late fitness tests to see if they’ll make the cut.
Palace come into the game just a point behind their foes north of the River Thames and turned around their own alarmingly bad form last time out.
A steady home win over whipping boys Sheffield United rang in the new year at Selhurst Park, easing the angst of veteran boss Roy Hodgson and his team.
Injuries are a major problem for the Eagles with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly and keeper Wayne Hennessey all ruled out.
They join Nathan Ferguson, Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham on the sidelines, with Gary Cahill and Scott Dann both defensive doubts to boot.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: EPL predictions by the numbers
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Arsenal has scored 10 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Arsenal has enjoyed playing at home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 2 games.
- Arsenal has put together a good run of form and has now gone 3 games without defeat.
- Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Crystal Palace, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn 1
- In the last 5 matches for Arsenal, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 7 matches (41% of all matches) involving Arsenal has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Arsenal will score today, as they have netted in the last 5 games coming into this one and have scored 10 goals in the last five games.
- Coming into this game, Crystal Palace has picked up 5 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1 point per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Crystal Palace has scored 4 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Crystal Palace has put together a good run of form and has now gone 2 games without defeat.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 8 games for Crystal Palace ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Crystal Palace recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Crystal Palace has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 1 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 9/17 games for Crystal Palace this season.
Stats source: footystats.org
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette.
Probable Crystal Palace Starting XI: Vicente Guaita, Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke.