Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more


Crystal Palace will host Arsenal at the Selhurst Park in the 31th round of the English Premier League. The match will take place on April 5, beginning at 00:30 AM IST.

Monday night offers us an interestingly intriguing closing game of the MatchWeek 31.

At the end of last season, the Red and Whites finally broke their five-match winless streak against Crystal Palace with a 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park. But it looks like Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is ready to initiate a new one, putting up strong resistance in this derby as he did against Manchester City.

The first game at the Emirates ended in a 2-2 draw, with the hosts managing to equalise only at the fifth minute of the injury time, and it was extremely difficult to get this point. The Gunners’ upcoming game also promises to be troublesome – and it’s a very important one for the Londoners as they have no right to slip up, getting into the Champions League next season is a chance for a bright future. Tottenham are already literally breathing down their backs after destroying Newcastle (5-1) while there is a good opportunity to close the gap to 3rd place Chelsea which failed to score points against modest Brentford.

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Let’s get the most important things before the game: Parimatch News have prepared a preview and prediction for you.

Crystal Palace News & Current Form:

Patrick Vieira’s side have finally begun to show the spirit of excellence at the end of the season, producing the results they deserved in the first half of the season. In their previous seven Premier League games, the Eagles had suffered only one defeat, and that was against top-tier Chelsea, and the decisive goal was scored in the final minute of regulation time. In the other six fixtures, the Eagles have picked up ten points to move closer to the top 10.

With the relegation scenario out of the picture, the dream of a breakthrough to the top 6 has been postponed at least until next season. But that does not mean that Patrick Vieira’s men have no motivation for the rest of this year`s campaign. The fact of finishing in the top 10 will be a great success for the Eagles already. 

Moreover, it should not be forgotten that Crystal Palace remains in the FA Cup. In the quarter-finals of the, the Londoners left no chance to Everton, thrashing the 4-0 with confidence. The team will soon face Chelsea in the semi-finals, the Red and Blues are surely planning the revenge for the recent frustrating undeserved loss.

Ferguson, Olise, McArthur and Wilfred Zaha, who has a thigh injury, will not play. 

The absence of their top scorer from Côte d’Ivoire (10 goals+2 assists) will be felt particularly painfully – a serious blow to the attacking threat.

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Arsenal News & Current Form:

The youngest team in the Premier League are now in top form and have been steadily picking up points during the second part of the season. 

Most points won from the last 10 league matches in Europe’s top five leagues:

Arsenal 25 points
Manchester City25 points
Barcelona24 points
Liverpool23 points
Bayern Munich22 points
Juventus22 points
OGC Nice22 points

Such results have not gone unnoticed, tthe Spanish coach was voted EPL’s best manager in March. Thus, Mikel Arteta became the first Arsenal coach to win the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award on multiple occasions in the same season since 2007-08 (Arsène Wenger, also twice).

After the defeat against Liverpool (0-2), the English media all agreed that it was of no importance to Arsenal. They do not necessarily have to beat the leaders of English football to retain the fourth place that Mikel Arteta’s side deservedly occupied in the course of the season. It is enough to continue doing what the Gunners have been doing well for most of the current championship – beating opponents who are situated far below them in the standings.

In fact, that’s exactly what Arsenal did before the international break. In Birmingham, the London side were confident enough to beat Aston Villa 1-0. This success allowed the Red and Whites to extend their advantage over Manchester United to four points, having a game in hand.

Crystal Palace season form guide (all competitions): W-D-W-W-D-W

Arsenal season form guide (all competitions): W-W-W-W-L-W

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Head-To-Head Record:

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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Predicted XI:

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Hughes; Eze, Mateta, Edouard 

Arsenal possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette

Statistical preview of the match Crystal Palace vs Arsenal:

  • Crystal Palace have yet to win on home soil in the EPL this year.
  • Arsenal have not lost a single point in their previous five away matches in the EPL.
  • Four of the five previous matches between these teams ended in a draw. 
  • Crystal Palace have managed one clean sheet in their last three games.
  • Palace have drawn 13 league games this season, the most in the Premier League this season.
  • Arsenal have the fifth-best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded only 31 times this season. Only Wolves, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, have conceded fewer.
  • The opponents often exchange goals, and this has been the case in 8 of the last 9 meetings. 

What has been said before the match:

Mikel Arteta:

“We scored right at the end in the last match and it was a tough one. We had some really good periods, some periods where we struggled. We conceded two very poor goals in that game with simple giveaways that put the game into a really difficult position. The team, especially at home, is doing really well and the coaching staff are doing a great job and we know how it is to play in their stadium.”

“For me the togetherness is crucial because it’s the platform and the cement that you can build on. Then obviously you need the players, you need the quality, the understanding. You need the club and the supporters to be on board with what you are doing, to support it, encourage it. This is what we try to do.”

he said about what will help win the next matches.

Former Arsenal player and current Eagles coach makes no secret of his sympathy for the Spanish specialist:

“I’m not surprised about the way they’re playing and progressing. I believe they have a good squad and good manager. Now they have a really clear understanding about how they want to play, are playing better football and have confidence… it’s going to be challenging for us but we’re in a really good period as well. I think he [Arteta] went through a difficult period and manged to keep his calm and cool and managed to return [resolve] the situation. All credit to him and the work he’s been doing. The results he’s had lately have been really positive.”

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction:

Both sides have performed remarkably well in their recent English Premier League games. They were particularly impressive in terms of defensive solidity. Crystal Palace have managed to avoid conceding against Manchester City, which means they are likely to try to take points from Arsenal as well. The Gunners, for their part, may be weakened by the absence of Aaron Ramsdale. Ahead of a busy schedule, they will try to get a minimum victory over their opponents and save their energy. However, both teams have problems with scoring from time to time. We don’t expect a lot of goals. But based on the trends, we can expect an exchange of goals.

Parimatch News staff prediction: 

We say: Both to score – Yes.