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Palace Preview: London becoming a fortress for Eagles

26 October 2019

Crystal Palace have performed impressively in the English capital this season, and are preparing for their seventh and final consecutive game in London today against Arsenal.

This season, Roy Hodgson’s men haven’t played outside of the capital since defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford over two months ago. Their record in London will inspire confidence for the weekend’s challenge, too, with the Eagles notching three wins and two draws from seven clashes within the M25.

In total this season, Palace have taken 11 out of a potential 21 points whilst playing in London and have faced Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in that time. 

Be it at Selhurst Park or on the local road, Palace have turned the capital into something of a fortress.

But, north of the river, Arsenal pose a threat and the Eagles will have to draw on their impressive triumph in N7 last April when facing Unai Emery’s fifth-placed Gunners.

Remarkably - nine games in - this fixture is a battle between two clubs separated by just one league position and one league point. Indeed, Palace are currently the only team splitting white from red in north London, with Spurs pushing up below them and the Gunners sitting just above.

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The Eagles’ recent record against Arsenal will inspire confidence, too, having drawn and won against Emery’s men last season.

Turning attention to the Gunners themselves, recent form will do little to deter Hodgson’s south Londoners from having faith this afternoon. With one win, one draw and one loss from their last three league games, Arsenal have faltered over recent weeks and, on Monday night, fell 1-0 to Sheffield United as Palace did in August.

A narrow 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth and a scrappy 1-1 draw with Manchester United preceded the loss against the Blades.

Did you know?

Starting from and including their 3-2 victory away to Manchester City in December 2018, Palace have won nine away games in the league. Heading into this matchday, only City (13) and Liverpool (also nine) can match that tally.

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Tactical overview

Arsenal have been criticised for their willingness to play the ball backwards - seen as either safe or negative - since Emery’s appointment. It has not been uncommon for this to cause them concerns. So if Palace can press the Gunners’ backline, they may have some luck in capitalising on a misplaced pass under pressure.

Sheffield United exhibited this well, pressing Arsenal with discipline and left the north Londoners’ frontline begging for more of the ball.

Team news

Crystal Palace were without goalkeeper Vicente Guaita against City last Saturday, with Wayne Hennessey coming in to replace the Spanish shot stopper.

Roy Hodgson was also without long-term absentees Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho against the Citizens.

In his pre-match press conference, Hodgson said that Guaita is fit again and Martin Kelly is fit to play barring a 'reaction' before the game.

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette had been suffering from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season and played his first competitive minutes since September 1st against the Blades on Monday. 

Youngster Reiss Nelson is an absentee with a knee injury but Arsenal have a fully fit squad otherwise.

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Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Arsenal clash.

With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

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.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Palace in heroic 2-2 comeback against Arsenal

27 October 2019

Roy Hodgson's side fought back from two goals down to earn a well deserved and impressive 2-2 draw against Arsenal this afternoon.

  • Martin Kelly returned from injury to make the matchday squad.
  • Wayne Hennessey kept his place in goal, with Vicente Guaita missing out through injury again.
  • Two goals from corners in the opening nine minutes sees Palace stunned.
  • Wilfried Zaha initially booked for ‘simulation’, but then VAR rightfully overturned the decision and awarded the penalty. Luka Milivojevic sends Bernd Leno the wrong way to make it 2-1.
  • HT: 2-1
  • Palace’s fast start to the second-half rewarded with a Jordan Ayew equaliser from a James McArthur cross.
  • Late Sokratis goal ruled out via a VAR decision 
  • FT: 2-2

Despite Palace finding themselves 2-0 down after nine minutes, it was Roy Hodgson’s side who had the first chance of the game. On four minutes, Andros Townsend created a well-worked opening down the right flank and floated the ball to the edge of the box, where he found a late arriving James McArthur – despite a good connection from 18 yards, McArthur’s header went straight at Bernd Leno.Sokatis goal.jpg

Five minutes later, from two very similar corners via Nicolas Pepe, Sokratis and David Luiz fired past Wayne Hennessey in quick succession to stun the Eagles.

And things almost worsened for Palace on 11 minutes with a Kieran Tierney cross finding Alexandre Lacazette in the centre of the Palace goal from 14-yards. The Arsenal striker controlled with his chest before firing a low arrowed effort to the bottom-left corner, however, Hennessey got down well to save from the forward.

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From a Palace corner on 14 minutes, Matteo Guendouzi’s long ball clearance put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clean through. However, a lung-busting run across from right-back from Joel Ward saw the full-back get back to put off the Gunners striker with Aubameyang scuffing wide.

The next 15 minutes saw Hodgson’s side grow more and more into the game, and the chance to half the deficit arrived on 30 minutes via the familiar combo of Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojevic.

A trademark direct and skilful dribble into the box from Zaha teased Calum Chambers into making the challenge, with the defender clearly felling Zaha. However, referee Martin Atkinson initially punished the Eagles player with a yellow card for simulation. Up stepped VAR to reverse the booking and award Palace the chance from 12 yards, which now means Zaha has won the joint-most penalties in Premier League history along with Raheem Sterling & Jamie Vardy (16).

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Milivojevic sent the away end into raptures with his fifth goal in six Premier League appearances against Arsenal, with four of them coming from the spot.

It was almost the perfect first-half comeback in injury-time with Patrick van Aanholt popping up in the box and drawing a smart save from Leno, that was a comfortable height for the Arsenal ‘keeper to parry away.

Palace exploded out for the second-half with Calum Chambers’ yellow card for a foul on Townsend, who was in full flight down the left flank, epitomising Arsenal’s struggles.

On 52 minutes, that opening spell of dominance in the second-half would reap the rewards. Again, Palace exploited the left-hand side, this time McArthur surging clear before clipping a delightful ball over Leno and the Arsenal defenders, to find Jordan Ayew unmarked to nod home.

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The Eagles were in the ascendancy, and on the hour-mark Zaha led a three-on-three attack for Palace. However, after working space for the shot, a retreating Guendouzi got back to block the shot from the Ivory Coast international.

It wasn’t until the 67th minute that Arsenal registered their first shot on target in the second-half, a near post header from Lacazette from a Pepe corner that Hennessey did well to collect low down.

As both teams pushed for the winner, Hodgson freshened up the final third with Christian Benteke replacing Ayew with 10 minutes left - another typically hardworking and goalscoring performance from the permanent summer signing.

Unfortunately, it looked like it was the Gunners who had found the decisive fifth goal of the game on 83 minutes, with Sokratis getting his second of the game after a goalmouth scramble from an Arsenal corner. However, VAR was again on the Eagles’ side, overruling the strike due to a couple of fouls in the box on Palace’s players.

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As Arsenal pushed again for a late winner, Hennessey sprung into action again, reaching his top right corner well from a close-range curled effort from Luiz.

As the Fourth Official signalled six minutes injury time, Wilfried Zaha almost made it the dream comeback for Hodgson's side with yet another exciting, driving run into the box, with his effort inching just the wrong side of Leno's right post.

A late Arsenal corner failed to trouble Palace's defensive lines, and in fact sprung a one-on-one counter-attack: Zaha v Guendouzi. However, a closeline from the Arsenal midfielder unlawfully stopped the Palace winger in his tracks. 

That was the last moment of note in the match, and the Eagles return to south London with smiles on their faces after a heroic and impressive fightback in north London.

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Palace: Hennessey (GK), Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Milivojevic (captain), Kouyaté [McCarthy 90+3], Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs Not Used: Henderson (GK), Dann, Meyer, Schlupp, Kelly.

Arsenal: Leno (GK), Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney [Kolasinac 75], Guendouzi, Xhaka {captain} [Saka 61], Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs Not Used: Martinez (GK), Bellerin, Torreira, Holding, Martinelli.

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Ticket News

Arsenal away tickets now sold out

20 September 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's away clash with Arsenal have now sold out.

Coach travel has also sold out.

The club are operating a waiting list for this fixture and this can be accessed by Members and Season Ticket holders by clicking here, in person at the Box Office or by calling 08712 000 071.

Ticket Prices:

Adults - £30

Over-65s - £16

Under-19s - £16

Under-17s - £10

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