Arsenal can move above Tottenham Hotspur when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium, in London, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Arsenal and Crystal Palace
Kick Off: Sunday 21 April
Match Timing: 08:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Emirates Stadium (60,260)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
When Unai Emery was given the charge of Arsenal, the pundits and the fans alike were all agreed that this is the start of a long transition period for the Emirates-based club. No wonder, the Gunners were placed as outsiders to finish in the Champions League places this season.
Yes, it has not been plain sailing for Arsenal, but they are really flying at the moment, both in the Premier League as well as in Europe.
We are all going gaga over Tottenham Hotspur and about how big a season they are having. But Arsenal may have gone under the radar a little in terms of getting the praise they deserve. The reason being that they could usurp Spurs from 3rd with a win over Crystal Palace.
The kind of form Arsenal are in, especially in home games, you wouldn't argue about that.
Crystal Palace meanwhile are just one point short of touching the magical 40 point mark. If their current points tally could be enough to secure the top-flight status for yet another season.
That said, it has been a poor season for Palace. Though the safety remains their primary target, the kind of talent that Roy Hodgson boast is too good to flutter with the relegation.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Arsenal – W W L W W W
Crystal Palace – L L W L W L
ARS vs CRY Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Team News:
Injured – Unai Emery revealed that he is unsure whether Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey has played the last game for Arsenal after suffering a thigh injury against Napoli. The 27-year-old Wales international joins Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding on the sidelines.
Suspended – Sokratis Papastathopoulos will be serving the last of his two-game ban here.
Questionable – According to reports, Denis Suarez and Granit Xhaka are both suffering from groin and hip problems respectively and will be assessed before the match.
Note: Mesut Ozil is the likely replacement for Ramsey, while Lacazette and Aubameyang should start up front for the home side.
Key Players – Lacazette, Ozil
Injured – Crystal Palace are without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho.
Jeffrey Schlupp is also unavailable for selection after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last weekend.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Roy Hodgson is without his first-choice center-back partnership as both Sakho and Tomkins are out. As a result, Scott Dann and Martin Kelly are expected to start, while Cheikhou Kouyate should replace Jeffrey Schlupp in the heart of the midfield.
Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi will be competing for a place up front.
Key Players – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha
ARS vs CRY Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Arsenal– Leno (GK), Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Crystal Palace– Guaita (GK), Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi
ARS vs CRY Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 of their last 22 home games against Crystal Palace (win-16). In fact, the Gunners haven't lost a home game to Palace since October 1994.
The last meeting ended in a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier in the season. If the visitors avoid a defeat here, it would be the first time since the 1979-80 season that Palace remained unbeaten against Arsenal in a league campaign.
That said, Arsenal are a force in home games, winning 14 times in 17 league games at the Emirates Stadium.
We back the hosts to win here.
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