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Crystal Palace managed to continue their mini revival after claiming a 0-0 draw against Everton in midweek and while the point was a welcome one, manager Alan Pardew would have been left a bit frustrated that his side were unable to claim all three on offer against the 10 men.
Palace only managed a 0-0 draw against Everton
Nonetheless, Palace have inched towards safety and are now only two points short of the ‘magical’ 40 point mark. While Pardew will want his side to get to the landmark as soon as possible, it will most certainly be very difficult this weekend as they prepare to square off against Arsenal away from home.
Crystal Palace FC Team News
In form striker Dwight Gayle picked up a muscular injury during the 0-0 draw against Everton and looks set to miss out on Sunday while Wilfried Zaha is also a doubt.
In the place of Gayle, Connor Wickham looks most likely to be starting while Bakary Sako might come in for Zaha if the Englishman is not passed fit ahead of the clash.
Dwight Gayle likely to be ruled out against Arsenal
In regards to the rest of the lineup, Wayne Hennessey, Damien Delaney, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Pape Souare look set to start in defence while the midfield will be marshaled but the duo of Yohan Cabaye and Mile Jedinak.
In the attacking midfield positions, Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie look certain to be starting while the likes of Joe Ledley and Chung-Yong Lee also provide options. The likes of Brede Hangeland, James McArthur and Marouane Chamakh remain ruled out with long term injuries.
Arsenal FC vs Crystal Palace FC Probable Lineups
Arsenal FC: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin; Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez; Welbeck
Crystal Palace FC: Speroni; Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Cabaye, Jedinak; Bolasie, Puncheon, Sako; Wickham
Arsenal FC vs Crystal Palace FC Head to Head
16/08/2015 Crystal Palace FC 1 – 2 Arsenal
21/02/2015 Crystal Palace FC 1 – 2 Arsenal
Arsenal FC vs Crystal Palace FC Match Prediction
Crystal Palace have a terrible record against Arsenal, having lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 encounters and it has to be stated that the Eagles head into the clash on Sunday as underdogs.
Arsenal are currently in a desperate state where they simply have to win all the remaining games in order to keep their faint hopes of winning the title alive and one can be sure that they will be gunning for a victory on Sunday as well.
While Arsenal certainly have their weaknesses which Palace can exploit, the Gunners simply look too strong and should be able to claim the victory on the day.