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Palace Preview: Eagles looking for Easter triumph at Arsenal

21 April 2019

Today, Easter Sunday, Crystal Palace will make the short journey across London to the Emirates stadium where they will face a testing challenge against an Arsenal side slowly turning north of the river into a red stronghold.

The Gunners have become almost invincible at home this season, winning their last 10 league games in Holloway without losing a league match there since August 12 against Manchester City.

The task facing Palace, then, is of considerable magnitude and while the Eagles' recent history with their north London counterparts will not inspire great confidence, Roy Hodgson's side have recorded a win and a draw in their last four fixtures against Arsenal having not won previously since 1994.

Furthermore, recent away form ought to buoy hopes, with Palace winning three of their most recent four clashes on the road. The two club's own home and away strength means today's battle is set to be a butting of heads between two sides adept at winning on their respective successful territories. 

Should Palace manage to take home a point or more, it will be the first season since 1979-80 that they have avoided defeat to Arsenal in both league meetings.

Their recent 2-2 draw with Unai Emery's team will linger fondly in the memory for fans, as a Luka Milivojevic brace of penalties at Selhurst Park earlier in the season kept Palace in a game they arguably could and should have won.

The Gunners' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to ensure such a result isn't recorded again, however, having scored 18 league goals this season - three of which have come in his six most recent appearances.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth lost to relegated Fulham on Saturday. Palace sit just two points behind the Cherries, meaning today could see the Eagles fly to the higher perch of 12th should they pick up points in north London.

Team news

Palace have suffered from a handful of injuries in recent weeks, with Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp all unavailable until the end of the season.

Arsenal also have their fair share of absentees, with Hector Belleren, Rob Holding, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck all unavailable for the clash. Sokratis is suspended and Granit Xhaka and Denis Suarez are being assessed ahead of kick-off.

Tactical overview

Defensively, Arsenal are behind their nearest opposition having conceded 40 goals in the Premier League so far - four more than Chelsea, who sit below them. However they are the third-highest scorers in the table and will be confident given their immense ongoing home form.

Emery has also implemented a remarkable style for fullbacks to adhere to, as the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac play very high up the field and work the wings even more so than the average attacking fullback.

Stat to share

No team has played more English league games on Easter Sunday than Arsenal (7), while this will be Palace’s first ever league game on that day.

Live coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the UK, however you can stay up-to-date with all the match action in the ways below.

You can check out our Instagram story pre-match for all of the build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you match updates while cpfc.co.uk is the place to go for post-match reaction, a match report and comments from the manager.

Alternatively, grab your Palace Audio pass for just £1.49 to enjoy full commentary of this match.

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

READ NEXT: In Pictures: Palace prepare for Arsenal battle.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace storm the Emirates

Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace

21 April 2019

Crystal Palace recorded a remarkable victory after a tough battle today as they stormed what was swiftly becoming an impenetrable north London fortress to take three points from Arsenal with three emphatic goals.

The Eagles gripped their prize firmly in their talons after nerve-racking spells on the back foot, valiantly battling the Gunners' pressure, but their clinical finishing going forward and on the break earned them three points set to linger long in fans' memories - far beyond their impact this season.

The win was the first at the Emirates for an away side in the league since August 2018, making Palace's charge in Holloway one of their finest results of the season.

As perhaps expected given recent history between the two clubs, Roy Hodgson's were the first side forced into defensive action when Mesut Ozil found himself striking an effort at goal on the edge of the box, however his opening shot was as tame as the first minute would typically expect and Vicente Guaita was able to hold it with ease.

Another half-chance then fell the host's way as Konstantinos Mavropanos worked his way into the Eagles' box before angling to cross and forcing a ball into the Gunners' danger zone. However his deflected pass looped down to the wrong man amongst a crowd of talented finishers and Mohamed Elneny sent an attempt ballooning over the bar.

At the other end of the pitch, similarly unlikely threats were on hand to send the Emirates into a unified intake of breath as Scott Dann powered a header at goal from a well-placed corner only for Martin Kelly to deflect the effort high under pressure from the red and white defence.

It wasn't to impact the match moments later when Palace, certainly well involved in the opening exchanges, took the lead. On his 200th Premier League appearance, Christian Benteke was gifted a chance by the deft boot of Luka Milivojevic, whose cross from distance glided over the Arsenal defence and onto the head of the Belgian frontman, who buried the ball adeptly - the exact marksman needed in the perfect situation.

Offered a chance to make the lead a short-lived one, Alexandre Lacazette was left cursing his balance in the box as he attempted a smart turn on the spot to strike home from close range, however his feet were behind his head and the ball scuffed off his leg and out, eventually, to safety.

Another threat was posed to the visitors a few minutes later when, breaking from a Palace attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied smartly by Milivojevic, who stole the ball from his head before Shkodran Mustafi knocked over from the resulting corner.

The Eagles had received a multi-pronged warning they were determined to heed, though Arsenal's prowess in offence kept them penned in for large spells. Anytime Palace carried possession further up the pitch, they drove further from their fans - outnumbered by over 50,000 voices - who willed them forward from their standpoint behind in spite of the tense, gritty performance they stood watching.

The steady, reliable support from the Emirates' south London contingent was periodically interrupted by spells of excitement from the larger home crowd, however, who were kept from growing idle by the almost cyclical charges of the Gunners' attacking infantry, setting up camp in and around the Eagles' box.

It was on the break that Palace - perhaps expectedly - looked most dangerous, and Benteke was denied his second by the raised flag of Andy Halliday after Wilfried Zaha thread him through acutely but a little too late. The net bulged in vain.

In the face of the Gunners' ascendancy, though, Palace were the side who finished the opening half brightest and Cheikhou Kouyate was unlucky not to net three times in half a minute as a spectacular double save by Bernd Leno denied the Senegalese midfielder from close range.

With the first half winding to a dramatic close, the Eagles weren't done, and with a minute's extra time in its final throes, Benteke looked hungrily for his brace - but struck too high from the centre of the box, allowing Jon Moss' whistle to sound Arsenal's protection from further damage.

Palace's ability to hold off the home side's offensive onslaughts didn't last long into the second half, though, and the damage was inflicted confidently by Ozil, who had been played through by Lacazette with an inch-perfect ball the German midfielder had to strike home.

Though with a less fatal outcome, Sead Kolasinac was next to unnerve the visitors as he caught a volley 20 yards out that Guaita did well to leap to and hold.

Palace's talismanic Zaha refused to allow the north Londoners another moment's dominance, however, and, knocked through by a remarkably delicate headed ball from Benteke, the winger skipped one-on-one with Leno and rifled home with precision, wheeling off to launch into celebration with fans caught in the blazing sun nearby.

Two almost became three just minutes later when eventual goalscoring trio Zaha, Benteke and James McArthur formed a spear-headed attack to bear down on Arsenal's goal, however its Scottish centre was only able to shoot into the arms of Leno from the edge of the German's box.

The Scotsman didn't need another chance to emphatically turn two into three, however, when he stood close to goal and glanced home a towering Dann header, sending the visiting south London faithful into vociferous raptures; north London silent in the balmy Spring weather bar its guests' vocal celebration.

The home crowd were given their own time to cheer, though, and Aubameyang teed-up a nail-biting final 10 minutes as he buried the ball into Palace's net, reducing the deficit to one as he did.

The Eagles refused to simply soak up the home side's pressure and await full-time in the final exchanges when Zaha drove into their box to catalyse a tense attack that ended with a Kouyate shot held at full-stretch by Leno.

The game's most astounding save came shortly after from its Spanish shot-stopper though, as Guaita flew cat-like across his goal to instinctively tip the ball from his line and preserve Crystal Palace's once-unimaginable lead.

Squandering the clash's last chance, substitute Alex Iwobi then struck too softly into the Spaniard's arms before the Emirates erupted in an isolated corner at the final whistle; three points and three goals the prize after a successful Palace storming of one of the Premier League's most sturdy fortresses.

Arsenal: Leno, Kolasinac, Mavropanos (Iwobi 45), Koscielny, Mustafi, Jenkinson (Maitland-Niles 45), Elneny (Torreira 69), Ozil, Guendouzi, Lacazette, Aubameyang. 

Subs not used: Cech, Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Nketiah.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Meyer (Townsend 81), McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Benteke (Ayew 77).

Subs not used: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Riedewald, Sako, Batshuayi.

For full post-match reaction and free highlights, make sure to keep an eye on Palace TV either by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in the official Palace app. To vote for today's Man of the Match, head to the Palace app now.

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT: No more tickets available for Arsenal away

26 March 2019

The club can confirm that we have now sold all of our ticket allocation for the away game at the Emirates Stadium on 21st April against Arsenal.

There will be a waiting list available online soon - please note that only Members and Season Ticket holders will be able to join this list. 

A reminder to all fans who do have tickets for the game that Network Rail is carrying out major improvement works across the West Coast main line over the Easter bank holiday (19-22 April) which may affect fans travelling to north London for the game.

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