Arsenal’s 3-0 aggregate win against Napoli on Thursday night secured them a spot in the Europa League semi-final, and continued their great run of six wins in seven competitive matches (W6, L1). Impressively, all six of those victories were accompanied by a clean sheet.
Now their intentions switch back to the Premier League (PL) and the race for the top four. A big factor to their recent success has been their ability to build a lead before half-time. Of their previous 11 competitive goals scored, eight came in the first half. They rarely build on that lead though, having scored two goals or fewer in each of their previous five matches (in all competitions).
Losing four of their previous six competitive games (W2, L4), visitors Crystal Palace aren’t in great form as they travel to the Emirates. There has been a recurring theme in their recent defeats – they are conceding goals far too easy. In fact, they have conceded two or more in each of their previous seven competitive defeats.
The ‘Eagles’ don’t have the best record against the ‘Gunners’ either, winning just one of their previous 13 H2H league matches (W1, D3, L9). Notably, both teams have scored in each of the previous three matches.
Players to watch: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has scored two goals in his previous two competitive home games – both came in the first half.
Palace midfielder Luka Milivojević is in fine goal scoring form, with four goals in his previous five PL matches.
Stat attack: Arsenal have lost just one PL home game this season (W14, D2, L1).
Arsenal have scored two or more goals in each of their last eight home league matches.
Palace have been awarded three penalties across their previous five PL games.
Palace have scored 45% of their league goals after the 75th minute.
Will not play
Referee: Moss J. (Eng),
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)