- Christian Benteke returns from suspension for the home side and should slot in up front, but Roy Hodgson looks set to be without five injured players on Thursday night.
- Shkodran Mustafi is expected to replace Nacho Monreal in defence after he was forced off at half-time in Friday’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool, while Sead Kolasinac should also return at left-back.
- Arsenal have had four full days to recover for this match against Crystal Palace, which should mean few changes from Arsene Wenger.
- Danny Welbeck may rotate with Alex Iwobi in the front line, but Olivier Giroud is still sidelined.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace‘s last 6 home games (Premier League).
Crystal Palacehavescored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home matches (Premier League).
Crystal Palaceareundefeated in their last 8 matches (Premier League).
Crystal Palacehave seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal‘s last 3 away games (Premier League).
- Crystal Palace’s unbeaten run extended to eight games at the weekend but Roy Hodgson would have been disappointed only to have got a point at home to bottom side Swansea. The Eagles could be back in the bottom three by the time this match starts.
- Arsenal did well to come back from 2-0 down against Liverpool to draw 3-3 on Friday but questions must be asked why they went 2-0 down at home in the first place. Defensive mistakes continue to stifle progress for Arsene Wenger’s side. They could be four points adrift of the top four by the time this game starts.
- Arsenal have struggled at Selhurst Park in recent games and were thrashed 3-0 on their last visit. This is by no means an easy game for Arsenal despite what the league table might suggest. Everyone else would have played by this match and that will bring additional pressures to both teams. An entertaining game should be in the offing.