Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Thursday 14 January, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports
Arsenal wanted extra-time to finish a 2-0 dwelling win over Newcastle within the third spherical of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Although it was laboured, Mikel Arteta’s aspect stretched their unbeaten run to 4 and it was their third clear sheet in a row.
The Gunners lacked their current fluency towards Newcastle after Arteta made seven modifications from the workforce that gained 4-0 at West Brom within the Premier League the earlier weekend however acquired on high as soon as he introduced on extra of the regulars together with Emile Smith Rowe, who scored the primary purpose.
Arteta is bound to revert right here to the energetic, youthful set-up that has served him effectively since Christmas with Smith Rowe because the artistic hub within the No.10 function.
Bukayo Saka can be again within the beginning line-up too, together with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka. Thomas Partey and Gabriel face late health assessments.
Bad information weekend
Crystal Palace have been knocked out of the FA Cup on Friday, dropping 1-0 at Wolves, and there was additional dangerous information from cup weekend when Eberechi Eze breached Covid guidelines by attending the QPR-Fulham tie, prompting damaging media protection and an FA investigation.
Roy Hodgson’s aspect are left to focus on the Premier League, the place they lie 14th on 22 factors. That places them on the base of the congested mid-table pack, though there may be little hazard from beneath in the mean time with Fulham in 18th having solely 11 factors.
Hodgson nonetheless has defensive points with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann and Gary Cahill all scuffling with damage. Cheikhou Kouyate appears to be like set to companion James Tomkins on the again.
Luka Milivojevic, who was concerned in one other Covid breach on New Year’s Eve, is predicted to start out.
Arsenal’s dwelling file was a lot improved beneath Arteta within the second half of final season however they’ve been sluggish to get going on the Emirates within the present marketing campaign.
Their dwelling kind figures this season are W3 D1 L4, primarily because of a lack of kind within the autumn once they misplaced 4 in a row on the Emirates.
It is feasible to argue that was a blip, albeit a critical one, provided that total beneath Arteta their dwelling figures are W10 D3 L5.
The consequence that turned this season’s kind round was the 3-1 dwelling win over Chelsea on Boxing Day, and that appears high-class kind, however their newest two league wins got here towards struggling Brighton and West Brom and it’s tough to know fairly the place their commonplace is at.
A unbroken constructive is that Arsenal have scored in 15 of their 18 dwelling league video games beneath Arteta and once more the three blanks got here throughout their dismal autumn spell.
Palace can be harmful opponents on the street and Arsenal’s defensive enchancment of their current run of unpolluted sheets might be examined.
The drawback with Palace is their inconsistency and their away file is an up-and-down W3 D1 L3. The key has been whether or not the Eagles rating, with the three defeats all to nil.
Palace’s total file when scoring this season is W6 D4 L1, which signifies they are going to be effectively within the match in the event that they can crack the Arsenal defence. Furthermore, their file when scoring on the street because the begin of final season is W8 D5 L1.
On the draw back, regardless of their fame for defensive solidity beneath Hodgson, solely two groups have conceded extra objectives this season than Palace (29 in 17 video games).
It is a harder match to weigh up than Arsenal’s win odds of 1.594/7 point out, provided that the Chelsea defeat is the one piece of top-class kind they’ve confirmed in current weeks.
Although Palace even have just one actually top-class consequence on their away file this season (the 3-1 win at Manchester United in September), their file when scoring on the street stays eye-catching.
It is likely to be value a giant punt on a Palace win with over 2.5 goals at 9/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.
Nine of Arsenal’s 13 dwelling video games in all competitions this season have gone over 2.5 objectives and it’s value noting that 11 of the visiting groups have scored on the Emirates.
Arsenal have had 5 out of eight (63%) over 2.5 objectives at dwelling within the Premier League this season and Palace’s figures on the street are an identical.