The Build Up
The Eagles have been in fine form, having only lost one game in all competitions since the end of January - that coming against no less than current European champions, Chelsea, and it has triggered a streak that has seen Palace reach an FA Cup semi-final and three of their players earn England caps this international break.
Crystal Palace have also seemed to enjoy sharing the spoils this season in the Premier League as no club has more than Palace’s 13 draws in 2021/22. Meanwhile, Arsenal holds the bottom spot for draws, having only recorded three all season.
The Gunners fell out of the top four at the weekend as Tottenham came out 5-1 winners against Newcastle, but a point is enough for Arsenal to return to fourth and a Champions League spot.
Team news and how the teams will line up.
Crystal Palace - Long term Injuries to James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson hamper those options for Vieira. Joel Ward is also a doubt. However, Nathaniel Clyne has performed well over the past few weeks so he will likely keep his place at right-back.
Wilfried Zaha sat out the recent international matches, missing both of Ivory Coast’s games, and could still be out. Michael Olise should return to the squad but it is unlikely that he will start the match. This means likely starts for Odsonne Edouard and Jordan Ayew.
Arsenal hope to have Bukayo Saka back in the side after he tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty. Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale pulled out of the England squad but is hoping to be back to play. Arsenal have options in Bernd Leno, who will start, and if not, Takehiro Tomiyasu is also back after injury.
PAL - Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Schlupp; Ayew, Mateta, Edouard
ARS - Leno; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette