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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal FC, free match prediction 19 May 2021

19 May 2021 | 23:30 | Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park
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In-form Arsenal aim to keep alive slim Europe hopes against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace

  • Arsenal have won three on the bounce in the league
  • The Gunners are up to 9th and two wins could take them into 6th if others fail
  • Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa in their last game, with two victories from last five

Arsenal to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park

CRYSTAL PALACE vs ARSENAL FC Match Preview & Analysis

Arsenal’s late-season charge has provided them with a slim hope of reaching a European position, with six points from their remaining two fixtures potentially firing them as high as 6th.

This would require a meltdown from the likes of Spurs, West Ham and Everton, but stranger things have happened and Mikel Arteta will be pleased that his team has finally pulled together a winning run.

The Gunners have beaten Chelsea, West Brom and Newcastle in recent weeks, scoring five goals in the process and conceding just once. Can they keep that run up here against London rivals?

Crystal Palace are threatening to end the season well after all, with a couple of wins over the past month or so showcasing how dangerous they can be when their attackers link together.

A comeback win over Aston Villa has taken them a point behind 12th place Wolves, which would equal their second best-ever finish to a Premier League season.

Teams Preview

Crystal Palace Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Attackers are all firing right now

     Two of their last three defeats have been against top four opposition

Reasons to be fearful:

     Only beaten Arsenal once in last seven attempts

     West Brom & Newcastle are only teams to have conceded more at home this season

Crystal Palace have been an enigma all season, promising so much when their attackers click into full gear, but also fail to deliver so often considering just how much quality they have.

In their 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa, all three of Benteke, Zaha and Eze either scored or assisted, proving just how effective they can be when in full flight. Too often, that hasn’t been the case this season. They have 24 goals between them, but too often they’ve played as individuals rather than as a collective.

Here, Palace will be wary of their poor record against Arsenal, with just one victory across their last seven meetings, but won’t see them as much of a threat as in previous campaigns.

Star Man – Wilf Zaha

Now has 11 goals for the season, the best of his career to date. The pacey winger is such a threat in both scoring and creating goals.

Arsenal FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWDWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won three on the bounce in the league

     Six-game unbeaten run away from home

Reasons to be fearful:

     David Luiz and Xhaka likely to remain out here

     Defence could struggle in Palace’s attackers are at their best

Arsenal have surprised one or two people in the way which they have bounced back towards the end of the season. Three wins on the bounce is a real positive for Arteta’s men, and a run they have completed just once before this season – staggering for a club the size of Arsenal.

Since their exit from the Europa League, Arsenal have looked like a different team, placing more emphasis on youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Their win over Chelsea is one of the highlights of what has been a difficult season for the club. They will be hoping to push on with wins in their remaining two games of the season to set themselves up well for next campaign.

Star Man – Emile Smith Rowe

Scored the winner against Chelsea and the youngster has enjoyed a positive season for Arsenal.

CRYSTAL PALACE vs ARSENAL FC Winning Prediction

     Both sets of attacking players in good form

     Should be goals at both ends

     Arsenal are slight favourites

If both teams attack as we know they can, this could be a game full of goalscoring opportunities.

Palace’s front three can be electric if they are on song, while Arsenal’s youngsters have great flair about them. 

We shouldn’t write off the fact that Palace will have fans at this game for the first time in a while, so that could inspire them, but Arsenal are slight favourites.

Arsenal to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.