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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

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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








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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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