Emirates Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four games against Arsenal (W1, D3)
Expert Verdict: Four consecutive wins have got Arsenal moving in the right direction again and this is another very winnable game that will move the Gunners to the top of the mid-table pile - albeit having played more games - should they win. Palace's only win in their last seven games was against bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United. Arsenal are favourites.
In a mid-table Premier League battle, Crystal Palace make head across London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners go into the game two places and one point ahead of the Eagles, and the match – on Thursday January 14 – kicks off at 20:00 local time.
Defenders:Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney
Defensive Midfielders:Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfielders:Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Defenders:Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikh Kouyate, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze
Forwards:Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Despite Arsenal’s historic dominance in this fixture, Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four games against the Gunners. That includes three draws in the last four matches, including a 2-2 at the Emirates last season before a 1-1 at Selhurst Park almost exactly a year ago. In the more recent meeting, it was Jordan Ayew who grabbed the leveller, cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Jan 11, 2020: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
Oct 27, 2019: Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
Apr 21, 2019: Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
Oct 28, 2018: Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
Jan 20, 2018: Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal are favourites to win at home to Crystal Palace and can be backed at 8/15 with Bet365, 888sport and 10Bet.
With Palace out of form, under 2.5 goals can be backed at evens with Bet365.
At the other end of the pitch, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 11/8 with Betway to score at any time, while Alexandre Lacazette is 20/21 with Bet365.
Arsenal are in good form, where Palace are not. The Eagles’ lengthy absentee list does not help either and the Gunners can take advantage.