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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

28 October 2018

Crystal Palace will be looking for their first home win of the season, having worked all week in preparation for a visiting Arsenal side playing on the back of 11 successive victories.

The Eagles famously earned an emphatic victory over the Gunners in April 2017, defeating Arsène Wenger’s side 3-0 at home. Palace fans will be looking for a positive result again this weekend, although the club’s record against the north Londoners has not historically inspired hope.

One key threat to Hodgson’s team comes from the Arsenal bench, with the Gunners having scored more goals via substitutes than any other Premier League team this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading goalscorer in Unai Emery's team so far and has featured as a substitute in their two previous league games, currently holding the best mins/goal ratio in the competition’s history on 104.6 minutes per goal.

However, the Eagles can find encouragement in the fact that they’ve conceded the exact same number of goals as Arsenal, which is still the best defensive record in the league’s bottom 10.

First Team

Team News v Arsenal: Meyer, Sorloth & Wickham Available; Benteke & Ward out

26 October 2018

Team news

Confirmed lineups can be found here, as Jordan Ayew replaces Jeffrey Schlupp while Unai Emery makes two changes to the successful Arsenal side which faced Leicester City on Monday.

Did you know?

Former Palace and Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has recently stepped down from playing professional football having left Spanish side Getafe at the end of last season.

In the latter years of his career, Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals, a leading environmental company producing levulinic acid, an alternative to oil-based products. He has since become a prominent businessman and was voted one of the NME People of the Year in 2015. At 34, Flamini is currently unattached having also helped to found The BioJournal, the world’s first e-magazine devoted entirely to the bio world and eco-sustainability.

Big game flashback

When Arsenal travelled to Selhurst Park in April 2017, their hosts had found a spell of blistering form that lead to six wins from eight games including victories over Chelsea and Liverpool. Meanwhile, the Gunners were in the opposite form to Palace having conceded at least three goals in four consecutive away league games for the first time since September 1929.

Only amassing two wins and a draw from six matches in all competitions, Arsenal were then dealt their fourth defeat from seven games at the hands of Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace. The Eagles’ three goals were racked up by Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojević.

The win came during the heart of a spell that ultimately saved Palace’s season and lead to the side earning a 14th-place finish, seven points clear of relegation.

Key team elsewhere

Southampton remain below Palace having only managed a goalles draw with Newcastle United on Saturday, despite Newcastle having failed to win a game so far this season. They currently sit level on points with the Eagles and have a goal difference worse by two. It is therefore unlikely that the Saints could overtake Hodgson's side today.

Head to head over the years

 

Palace wins

Arsenal wins

Draws

Total

League

3

24

9

36

FA Cup

0

2

1

3

League Cup

1

2

1

4

Total

4

28

11

43

Tickets and travel

Ticket Holders are advised to arrive early due to enhanced security checks, and Season Ticket Holders must bring their card. Fans are advised, as always, not to purchase tickets from touts or on online resale sites.

Useful information for home and away fans about pre-match entertainment, travel tips and stadium details can be found in our Matchday Guide.

The matchday programme can be purchased in various ways. Find out more here.

Live coverage

The game, which kicks off at 13.30 GMT on Sunday 28th, will feature as the Sky Sports Main Event with coverage starting at 12.30 BST. It is also available on NOW TV to stream.

The match is live on NBCSN for those watching in the United States and other TV channels showing it live can be found here on our Worldwide TV Listings

There will be live updates on the Palace Twitter account as well as highlights on Palace TV, while fans can still pay just £1.49 on our app or website to hear live commentary of all Eagles games.

The ref

Martin Atkinson will referee Sunday’s fixture. The official has issued seven penalties from 19 matches for the Eagles but has awarded the same number of spot-kicks in 50 matches for Arsenal.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal

28 October 2018

Luka Milivojevic exorcised his penalty demons by netting twice from the spot to gain Palace a point against Arsenal on an enthralling afternoon in SE25.

Three goals in the space of 10 minutes either side of half-time saw Milivojevic put his team in front in stoppage-time, but a Granit Xhaka free-kick and a controversial goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the game completely switch.

However, with eight minutes to go Wilfried Zaha won another penalty for Palace, and the Serbian skipper slammed it into the net to seal a point for his team, who arguably deserved more from a thrilling encounter.

Despite one side coming into the game with 11 straight wins and the other not having scored at home in five games, the Eagles ignored the form book to enjoy the better start and they nearly took the lead twice around the 15-minute mark.

Firstly, Andros Townsend fizzed a pass across the area that evaded everyone and fell to Zaha who got the ball under control and thumped a shot off the base of the post, and 60 seconds later a brilliant Arsenal-esque passing move involving Jordan Ayew, Patrick van Aanholt and Zaha created a great opportunity for Townsend, who failed to net for the third time in four outings against the Gunners by dragging his shot wide.

After a slow start, the visitors began to move through the gears and Alexandre Lacazette fired wide after seizing possession on the edge of the box, and then Mesut Ozil caused problems on the right before picking out Hector Bellerin in a good position but an excellent sliding block by Aaron Wan-Bissaka snuffed out the chance.

But Palace continued to hold their own and had a first strong shout for a penalty when Zaha played a no-look pass into Ayew’s path who raced in front of Shkodran Mustafi and legs tangled inside the area however Martin Atkinson waved play on, but in first half stoppage-time the German did concede a spot-kick that left the official in no doubt.

After a corner failed to be cleared, the ball came to Cheikhou Kouyaté who was rashly launched into from behind by Mustafi. Showing real guts after missing from 12 yards seven days earlier, Milivojevic confidently stepped up and drilled into the bottom corner of Bernd Leno’s goal to net Palace’s first goal in SE25 since May.

However, Palace’s season of misfortune continued as 10 minutes into the second half they saw the game turn on its head through little fault of their own. On 51 minutes the visitors a free-kick on the corner of the area and Xhaka whacked it towards the top corner, and despite Wayne Hennessey getting a fingertip to it, Palace’s woodwork luck failed them again as the ball kissed the top of the post and flicked into the net.

And four minutes later, controversy hung over Selhurst as a corner was swung into the box and Lacazette flicked it towards goal with his airbound hand, allowing Aubameyang the chance to squeeze the ball over the line from close range despite Hennessey providing heroics to attempt to keep it out, but the goalline decision system informed Atkinson the ball crossed the line by literally a millimetre or two.

Incredibly after two huge setbacks, luck continued to desert Palace and following the introductions of Max Meyer, the German was played in by Zaha and despite a tight angle, he was next to hit the post, who then also soon blasted over in a congested box.

For all their positivity, the hosts scarcely deserved to be behind, but on 82 minutes they were handed a chance to level things up from the spot once again. On the counter, Alexander Sørloth charged forward and fed Zaha, who tricked his way into the box and was brought down by Xhaka.

Once again, Milivojevic took the responsibility upon his shoulders and dispatched the chance to score his fourth goal in his last three outings against the Gunners, but more importantly clinch a point for his team.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Meyer 61), Milivojevic, Kouyaté (Puncheon 88), Townsend, Ayew (Sørloth 64), Zaha. Subs not used: Guaita, Kelly, Riedewald, Schlupp.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin (Lichtsteiner 45), Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi, Ozil (Welbeck 68), Aubameyang (Ramsey 78), Lacazette. Subs not used: Cech, Sokratis, Smith-Rowe, Mkhitaryan.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Arsenal Game Sold Out

27 September 2018

General admission tickets for Palace's home game against Arsenal on Sunday 28th October are now sold out.

Unai Emery will make his first visit to Selhurst Park that day for a 1.30pm kick-off, and if you've missed out on tickets there are still a couple of options if you wish to be amongst the packed house in SE25 that afternoon.

You can try our official fan-to-fan ticket reseller Twickets, who only sell seats at face value or less, or if you wish to watch the action in style, why not purchase our premium tickets?

This can now be done online with a range of pre-match dining options to make it a matchday to remember!

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