Arsenal will look to strengthen their hold on fourth place when host Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Group EPL Emirates Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: Manchester City are the only team to have beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League this season - and that was on the opening day.
Expert Verdict: Arsenal's home record is a large reason for their current position in the Premier League table, just a point behind Tottenham going into the weekend. Crystal Palace can be tricky opponents but, at the Emirates, the Gunners should continue their current home winning streak and go through.
Aaron Ramsey went off in the first half of the win at Napoli and his absence could mean a start for either Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mesut Ozil behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sokratis is suspended, and Shkodran Mustafi will likely replace him at the back, while Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees. Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez’s fitness issues mean he is unlikely to feature either.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Scored the only goal of the game in the last league match, as Arsenal won away at Watford.
Alexandre Lacazette – His brilliant free-kick sealed victory against Napoli in the Europa League, continuing a strong season.
Mesut Ozil – Aaron Ramsey’s injury could open the door for the German to return and he has a huge point to prove to Unai Emery if it does.
Arsenal have bounced back from a 1-0 league defeat at Everton with three wins and three clean sheets since. Impressively, two of those came against Napoli in the Europa League – a 2-0 victory at home before Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick sealed a 3-0 aggregate win on Thursday night. In between, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at ten-man Watford.
Defenders:Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny
Midfielders:Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac
Forwards:Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Injuries to James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho meant Scott Dann and Martin Kelly partnered each other at the back against Manchester City. Jeffrey Schlupp is a doubt after going off injured in that game – Cheikh Kouyate, the man who replaced him from the bench, could start ahead of him. Max Meyer is fit again, while Michy Batshuayi is pushing to start ahead of compatriot Christian Benteke.
Luka Milivojevic – Another goal, this time from a free-kick rather than a penalty, continued his superb goalscoring season (albeit boosted by his set-piece prowess).
Wilfried Zaha – A nuisance up front and still Crystal Palace’s primary attacking threat, he has eight goals and eight assists this season.
Andros Townsend – The former Spurs man has scored some useful goals for Palace this season and would no doubt love another at the Emirates.
Crystal Palace have won three and lost five since the start of March, though their two most recent defeats – 2-0 away to Tottenham and 3-1 at home to Manchester City, despite Luka Milivojevic’s goal – are forgivable. In between, Palace won 1-0 at Newcastle thanks to a Milivojevic penalty, while he also scored from the spot in 2-0 home win against Huddersfield – Patrick van Aanholt scoring the other.
Defenders:Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, Cheikh Kouyate, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur
Forwards:Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi
Crystal Palace have only ever won four games against Arsenal, losing 28 and drawing 12. After losing both league matches last season, they did earn a 2-2 draw at home this season. Luka Milivojevic scored two penalties, either side of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as it finished 2-2 at Selhurst Park.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Oct 28, 2018: Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
Jan 20, 2018: Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Dec 28, 2017: Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
Apr 10, 2017: Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
Jan 01, 2017: Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal’s excellent record at the Emirates makes them comfortable favourites for this one as they bid to keep their top-four ambitions on track.
Unai Emery’s side beat Napoli in mid-week and, buoyed by that win, can continue their charge despite only drawing with Palace last time they met.
Palace have a miserable record in this fixture, even if their most recent win against Arsenal was just in 2017 – that was one of just four ever, however.
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, but in his place will be players like Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both of whom have a lot to prove.
Up front, meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both in good form this season – each scoring the winner in one of the last two games.
Palace, with Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins missing at the back, will have their work cut out trying to stop them.
Arsenal’s home record speaks for itself this season and they can keep their current Emirates winning streak going with another key home Premier League win.
Arsenal are odds-on favourites to win at home to Crystal Palace, with Bet365 and Ladbrokes offering 8/15 on the Gunners.
After three consecutive clean sheets, another Arsenal win to nil will return 19/10 with Ladbrokes.
You can bet against both teams to score at 6/5 with Ladbrokes, Betfair and Paddy Power.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner against Watford and he is 5/6 to score at any time with Ladbrokes, while Alexander Lacazette is 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Arsenal are unstoppable at home this season and, while Palace can be tricky opposition, Arsenal can not afford a slip-up in the race for a top-four place.