Championship 2017/2018, the first of the second round. It also marks the complement of half of the 40 duels planned for the Christmas and New Year period. At Selhurst Park, the duel is set to begin at 6pm (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Crystal Palace
Having slipped to the bottom of the leaderboard without scoring a goal in the opening rounds, Crystal Palace got a reaction after hiring veteran coach Roy Hodson, former England captain.
In the last ten matches, he suffered only one defeat. The victories were only three. However, in addition to six draws, they managed to get the team to complete the first round out of the sticking region by reaching 18 points (four wins, six draws and nine losses).
The threat of relegation, however, still can not be ruled out. To overcome it, the results at home have been decisive. Of the accumulated score, Crystal Palace has reached two-thirds (12) in its stadium, where it has not lost since September 16.
To try and maintain this sequence, Hodgson will have to deal with three bruising problems in the defensive sector, two of which involve players who are considered absolute holders. Damien Delaney (a 2017/2018 English League game without a goal), Mamadou Sakho (ten games, one goal) and the team are in the process of injury treatment and rely on evaluation of the medical department that will define if they can play in the classic players Damien Delaney Joel Ward (14 matches, without a goal).
The current form of Arsenal
Arsenal have not lost six games. They were four wins and two losses in the series which includes a game for the League Cup of England and another for the Europa League. The Gunners opened last Friday, December 22, the season-ending season of the Premier League season and managed to add a point in the duel against Liverpool in game that could have left the field thrashed.
Liverpool dominated the duel throughout the first half and opened up a 2-0 lead in the final stage. However, he took three goals in six minutes allowing Arsenal to turn. After that period, the Anfield Road team again took the reins starting and came to the tie by 3 to 3. The result might not be considered ideal before the ball rolls, but by what happened on the four lines, should be celebrated by the Londoners.
With 34 points (ten wins, four draws and five losses), Arsenal completed their first-round appearance outside the European Tournament classification zone. He reached only sixth place.
Part of the responsibility for below-expectations performance must be put in the difficulty the team has to achieve results outside their domain. Of the nine games played as a visitor, Arsenal won only two. It only appears as the ninth best in the Premier League.
To face Crystal Palace, Arséne Wenger most likely will not be able to count on midfielder Aaron Ramsey (15 games in English Premier League 2017/2018, three goals) and striker Olivier Giroud (15 matches, four goals). The first, who is an absolute starter, suffered a thigh injury that took him out of the last four matches. The second, although he frequently enters the team, is not a starter. He suffered a bruise on his thigh.
History of the bouts between Crystal Palace and Arsenal
The London classic had ten editions between 2004 and 2017. There were seven Arsenal victories, two draws and only one Palace success, at the most recent meeting on 10 April.
Neither team is able to excite viewers. Having a superior technical condition and presenting better moments throughout the season, Arsenal appears as a better guess. He has a prize of 1.75 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.80 and success of the constituents pays 4.50 for 1.