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Arsenal’s season has been a huge disappointment, but following their Europa League exit to Villarreal, they’ve recovered to win league outings against West Brom and more surprisingly Chelsea.
Crystal Palace have also experienced an uptick in results by winning two of their last three fixtures, against Sheffield Utd and Aston Villa, but they’ve still lost four of the last six as they’re hardly in stellar form themselves.
Palace And Arsenal To Draw
A major concern for the Eagles has to be their return of just four victories from 38 encounters against top-half sides since the start of last season, as they’ve lost seven of their last nine winless such games.
However, on a far more positive note, they have enjoyed a lot of recent success against Arsenal themselves, avoiding defeat in all five meetings since 2018/19 as four of them ended in stalemates.
Prior to a goalless draw earlier this season, both teams had scored in the previous six head-to-heads going back to 2017/18.
Although the Eagles have struggled against top-half sides of late, both sides also registered in four of their last five when facing such teams, with the exception when they failed to score versus Man City.
Both Teams To Score
Both teams have scored in five of Palace’s last seven against anyone, including goals versus Everton, Chelsea and Leicester.
Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine against the teams below them in the table, against Newcastle and the division’s lowest scorers Sheffield Utd.
The Gunners’ defence has rarely convinced this season, whichever combination has been utilized at the back, and there’s good reason to bank on the Eagles getting a goal from somewhere.
Christian Benteke To Score Anytime
Arteta used three at the back versus Chelsea, presumably in an ultimately successful attempt to protect his side up against quality opposition, but he may well revert to the more familiar 4-2-3-1 here.
Calum Chambers has often filled in at right-back recently and with Hector Bellerin an injury doubt, may well be handed the nod again.
That could open up opportunities for the Eagles as Chambers is slow and will struggle with the pace and trickery of Wilfried Zaha.
Up front, Christian Benteke has also been in fine form for the hosts and the club must be giving serious consideration to extending the 30-year-old’s contract. Six of his nine goals this season have come since February, including strikes in each of Palace’s last three outings.