Premier League: Crystal Palace v Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park

About the fixture...

Saturday's early kick off sees high-flying Arsenal play manager-less Crystal Palace in a clash of the league's opposite ends.

Arsene Wenger's men have recovered from an opening day defeat to be unbeaten in their last seven league games and are in high spirits following the acquisition of their star German Mesut Ozil.

Things are not looking so great for Crystal Palace on the other hand who this week lost their manager Ian Holloway and have lost six on the trot in the league including a fairly harrowing comeback win from Fulham on Monday which included arguably some of the goals of the season already.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12:45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Arsenal 5 (Bergkamp, Reyes, Henry, Viera) C Palace 1 (Johnson), Premier League, February 2005

C Palace 1 (Riihilahiti) Arsenal 1 (Henry), Premier League, November 2004

C Palace 1 (Dyer) Arsenal 2 (Anelka, Bergkamp), FA Cup, February 1998

STATS…

Palace have not beaten Arsenal at home, in any competition, since a 1-0 top-flight victory in November 1979.

Palace and Sunderland have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

The Eagles have lost their last five league matches. The last time they lost six league games in a row was March 2001.

The Gunners have scored three times as many league goals as Palace this season (18 versus 6).

Arsenal have scored in their last 13 Premier League games - the longest current run in the league.

ODDS…

Crystal Palace to win: 11

Arsenal to win: 1.36

Draw: 5

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 4pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm

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