Arsenal will hope to extend their solid form when they take on London rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
Arsenal have failed to win in each of their last four matches against Crystal Palace, losing one and drawing the other three. Their most recent clash was twelve months ago – last January – when both sides shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at the Selhurst Park.
Avoiding a defeat in each of their last four encounters (1 win and 3 draws), Crystal Palace are enjoying their longest unbeaten run against Arsenal.
Arsenal Betting Preview
The Gunners needed extra time to beat Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday but that worked well and they now cannot stop winning. Moreover, they have scored 8 goals in their last three Premier League matches, more than in their previous 12 games combined.
Mikel Arteta's men are now unbeaten in four games and have kept three consecutive clean sheets across all competitions. It's been a good period for the Gunners, indeed, yet they need to show more consistency and start winning more and more if they want to somehow place themselves among the top four contenders.
Minutes after he came off the bench in the second half of the extra-time against Newcastle, Alexandre Lacazette had his own impact on the game as he assisted for Emile Smith Rowe's goal, while the Frenchman has also reignited his own scoring form, scoring in each of his previous four appearances.
With that said, we believe that Lacazette will lead the line here, while skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be keen to score in back-to-back games for the first time since the opening weeks of the 2020-21 campaign, when the Gabonese scored in the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool and for the 3-0 win at Fulham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
However, even though Aubameyang has scored three times in his four appearances against Crystal Palace, Arsenal's captain is yet to win against them and was even sent-off in their most recent matchup last January.
Mikel Arteta has some brilliant young players at his disposal – Emile Smith Rowe is definitely worth watching, as well as Bukayo Saka. And whereas the former could step in the role of a playmaker, Saka can become the first teenager to score or assist a goal in four consecutive Premier League appearances since April 2007, when Cesc Fabregas also did so for the same club under Arsene Wenger's influence.
The North London side are waiting to learn the seriousness of an ankle injury sustained by Gabriel Martinelli in the warm-up ahead of their FA Cup clash against Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta expects to have transfer deadline day signing Thomas Partey available for selection, while fellow summer signing Gabriel Magalhães' condition will be assessed as the Brazilian has just recovered from an illness.
Crystal Palace Betting Preview
Coming off a tricky visit at the Molineux Stadium on Friday night – that eventually led to their FA Cup exit following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers – Roy Hodgson's men will seek to extend their longest unbeaten run against Arsenal.
However, the Eagles managed to end their five-game winless run (0-3-2) in the League as their 2-0 home win over a struggling Sheffield United side is something that was probably anticipated, yet Palace were not in position to underestimate any of their opponents.
Crystal Palace are exactly where they left off in 2019 20- 14th (at least before Newcastle's visit at Sheffield United on tuesday) – and even though we have some reasons to believe they don't need to worry about being dragged into the relegation race, the Eagles will hope to climb up in the standings.
Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Martin Kelly and Connor Wickham are all sidelined, while Roy Hodgson will also have to assess a quartet of injured players – Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, and Gary Cahill (all hamstring), as well as Mamadou Sakho (thigh) – who are all doubts for the South London side.
Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored five goals in six Premier League games against Arsenal, with four of those being penalties. The only player to score more penalties against the North Londoners in the Premier League is Spurs' ace – Harry Kane – with five.
With his three goals against West Bromwich (two) and West Ham United last month, Christian Benteke managed to hint for a possible revival of his form and the experienced Belgian could get the nod over fellow-forwards Jordan Ayew and Michy Batshuayi, assuming that Palace's ace Wilfried Zaha is considered a sure starter.
Possible Starting Lineups of Arsenal and Crystal Palace
Arsenal: Bernd Leno – Kieran Tierney, Pablo Marí, Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín – Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka – Alexandre Lacazette. (4-2-3-1)
Crystal Palace: Vicente Guaita – Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Joel Ward – Eberechi Eze, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Andros Townsend – Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke. (4-4-2)
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People and mostly rival fans were mocking Arsenal that they were in a relegation battle not so long ago, but Mikel Arteta's side have turned things up quickly and are on a roll at the moment.
Inspired by their 3-1 Boxing Day win over London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal are enjoying a four-game winning run across all competitions and are now eager to win a fourth successive Premier League game for the first time under Mikel Arteta and for the first time since October 2018.
In stark contrast, Crystal Palace are not on a great run of form themselves – their victory over Sheffield United on 2 January is their only one in their past seven games (1-3-3).
However, despite the horrendous 7-0 defeat to Liverpool before Christmas, Roy Hodgson's men could be a tough nut to crack and they already won points against Mancheste United (3-1 win at Old Trafford), Tottenham Hotspur (1-1), Leicester City (1-1) and West Ham United (1-1) earlier in the season, so never write them off in these games. They have some players who love big games and Wilfried Zaha (8 goals in 15 EPL appearances) is one of them.