Another all-London derby awaits this weekend as Arsenal prepare to host Crystal Palace in the Premier League.Arsenal Form Guide
Arsenal fans still probably think that they’re dreaming, to some extent. They haven’t been able to go all the way in any other competitions, but what they have done is carve out an incredible lead for themselves at the top of the Premier League table. If they keep their composure, they’ll be on their way to a first championship triumph in almost two decades.
Over the course of two legs, Arsenal were unable to beat Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League as they went out on penalties. Outside of that, though, they’ve been looking really consistent in the Premier League, rattling off big wins over Leicester, Everton, Bournemouth and Fulham.Crystal Palace Form Guide
As if things weren’t questionable enough for Crystal Palace, they now have to contend with being managerless. Patrick Vieira has been relieved of his duties as Eagles gaffer in what, in the end, amounts to quite a surprising move. It still feels like he could’ve given them a bit of an extra push but now, they have to start from scratch, and they need to figure it out ASAP.
When you take a look at Palace’s recent form, it certainly doesn’t read well when it comes to Vieira’s dismissal. They picked up a point against Brighton, Brentford and Liverpool before dropping 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa, Manchester City and the Seagulls in their derby rematch.Latest Team News
While Elneny and Nketiah continue to sit out through injury, Saliba and Tomiyasu are both considered to be fitness doubts.
Sambi Lokonga can’t play against his parent club, Johnstone and Ferguson are injured, and the following players are fitness concerns: Guaita, McArthur and Hughes.Match Prediction
In our view, there’s just far too much uncertainty surrounding Palace right now to think they can put up much of a fight. The Gunners have done well to make the Emirates something of a fortress, too, and for those reasons, we’re going to back Arsenal to win.