Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview, H2H, Prediction, Premier League 2020/21 – Round 18

Arsenal are on a recovery path after starting the season woefully. They will next host Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Alley Sport is here with Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview. Arteta will hope for his team to continue their recent good form and rise up the Premier League.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview, H2H, Prediction, Premier League 2020/21 - Round 18 1
Mikel Arteta who won two trophies within a year of football management endured a tough start to this season | Image: Getty Images, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview

Arsenal have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, with their last defeat coming against Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-final. Since then, Arteta’s men have won 4 games on the bounce, conceding just once during this period. Their most recent game was a 2-0 win after extra time against Newcastle United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

After the two sides failed to find a breakthrough in 90 minutes, the game went to extra time. Youngster Emile Smith-Rowe who has been in stellar form for the last couple of games, scored with a fine finish after striker Lacazatte found him with a good pass. Later on, substitute Kieran Tierney played a sublime one-two and moved into the left flank, teeing up captain Aubameyang who finished from close range.

The win sees Arsenal advance to the next round of the FA Cup. The Gunners are the reigning FA Cup champions, after beating Chelsea in last year’s final to lift the trophy for a record 14 times. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who won the prestigious trophy in his first year as a manger, will hope for a repeat of last season’s success to make up for what has been a disappointing performance by the Gunners so far in the Premier League.

Their opponents Crystal Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves in a 1-0 defeat at the Molineux. Winger Adama Traore scored the only goal of the game. Roy Hodgson’s men are struggling to be consistent with their results of late. They face an uphill challenge at the Emirates Stadium against a resurgent Arsenal.

Smith-Rowe, Saka and Lacazette have been pivotal in Arsenal's resurgence of late | Image: Getty Images, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview
Smith-Rowe, Saka and Lacazette have been pivotal in Arsenal’s resurgence of late | Image: Getty Images, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview: Head-to-Head H2H

The two London clubs have played each other 47 times so far. Arsenal have had the upper hand, winning 28 of those games, Palace have won just 5 in comparison and 14 matches have ended in a draw. However, in recent times, Arsenal are winless in their last 4 games in the league against Palace. The Gunners’ last win against Palace was in the 2017/18 season, when they beat Palace 4-1 at home. The last six games between these two sides have seen both teams scoring at least once, so we can expect an entertaining game of football.

A win against Palace could propel Arsenal to the top half of the league, if results elsewhere go in their favour. Palace run the risk of finding themselves in the midst of a relegation battle if they don’t take a point from this match, as the two teams below Palace have games in hand over them.

Arsenal will be trying to repair the damage caused by their poor form in the first half of the season.

Arsenal will look to continue their rise up the Premier League table with a win over Palace | Image: Getty Images, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview
Arsenal will look to continue their rise up the Premier League table with a win over Palace | Image: Getty Images, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview: Score Prediction

The Gunners are in good form of late, in contrast to Crystal Palace who will be going against the odds at the Emirates Stadium next week. Expect a 2-0 win for Arteta and his men.

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