HomeFootball NewsArsenal vs Crystal Palace: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

-

The State of Play

Mikel Arteta is under pressure in charge of Arsenal at the moment as The Gunners have slipped away from the title race. The home team were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago and they have now managed just one victory in their last seven matches across all competitions, failing to take advantage of Manchester City’s poor form and list of absentees.

Roy Hodgson is under serious pressure in charge of Crystal Palace and there is an expectation that The Eagles may part company with the former Liverpool boss in the coming weeks. The supporter unrest continued in midweek as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Everton in their FA Cup third round replay in midweek.

Read our other football news stories here:
Henderson apologises for hurt caused by Al-Ettifaq move
Henderson critics too quick to judge Saudi move, says Klopp
Hodgson confident he can make Eagles soar

Team News

Mikel Arteta refused to suggest which players may be available for this weekend but has said a couple may return. Both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus are reportedly facing late fitness tests.

Crystal Palace remain without several key players for this weekend with Michael Olise unavailable and Cheick Doucoure out for the rest of the season, too. The likes of Rob Holding and Joel Ward are also set to be missing.

Expected Line-ups

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli

Crystal Palace: Henderson; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Lerma, Richards, Hughes, Eze; Mateta

What they Said

Mikel Arteta has suggested that if performances remain consistent then results will improve: “We have to continue to be ourselves but there are certain details and marginal gains that we have to improve and evolve.”

Roy Hodgson has suggested his Palace side head to the Emirates with in a better mood than they had been: “I do think we take a little bit of positivity from the Wednesday evening game into that game tomorrow”.

When and How to Watch

The game at the Emirates Stadium will kick off at 12:30 on Saturday January 20th and will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. Subscribers to Sky Sports can alternately stream the game online via the ‘Sky Go’ app.

Prediction

Arsenal need to bounce back and bounce back quickly if they are to try and mount a genuine title challenge this season. The Gunners’ performances have been relatively decent but they have missed a lot of chance. The potential return of Gabriel Jesus will therefore be very welcome. Roy Hodgson’s days may be numbered in the Crystal Palace dugout and, despite Arsenal’s lack of form, a comfortable home win is to be expected here.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

LATEST POSTS

Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Mikel Arteta has led an outstanding Arsenal side in the Premier League in the calendar year of 2024 with the Gunners having...

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Liverpool need a response. They went out in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last month against Manchester United and dropped points...

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Andoni Iraola still has his AFC Bournemouth side flirting with a run towards the top seven or eight and potential UEFA Europa...

Premier League: Semi-automated offside technology will be good for fans, says Fulham boss Silva

Fulham manager Marco Silva believes the introduction of semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) in the Premier League next season will help protect the "intensity" and "passion"...

Most Popular