Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. Selhurst Park. Sunday, 16th August 2015.
Arsenal will take a short bus trip to take on fellow London side Crystal Palace this Sunday, for their second Premier League game of the new season.
The last time these two sides met, Crystal Palace were trying to steer off relegation waters while Arsenal were on a brilliant run of form climbing to the top of the League table.
Going into Sunday’s game, the situation is comically almost reversed, with Crystal Palace in the top three after one game, and Arsenal in the bottom three.
Let’s look at the facts that would play a role in the outcome of the game.
Some might say that Crystal Palace would have a morale boost after winning 3-1 in their last game, and Arsenal would be coming into the game on a low after their 2-0 loss to West Ham.
But the contrary would be the case, with a win over new boys Norwich expected to be a routine for Palace, while a first loss in almost 15 games for Arsenal would be regarded as being nothing more than an eye opener.
In all honesty, Sunday’s game would even be a disadvantage to the Eagles, with the Gunners set to prepare well without the over-confidence they displayed against the Hammers last weekend.
Players to Watch:
Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye was a former Arsenal target before he moved to PSG. He had a dream debut for Palace finishing with a goal and a Man of the Match award.
Wilfred Zaha who had a short and not-so-nice experience at Manchester United is beginning to get back his hero status at Palace, and his pace on the flanks would cause troubles for the Gunners.
Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez has returned to full fitness according to Wenger and after a fantastic first season and Copa America tournament he would be expected to make an impact in this game.
Mesut Ozil, the attacking midfielder has been tipped to have a fantastic season this term, but after a terrible first game he would be expected to cause havoc against a more attacking but less physical Palace team.
The two teams have met 34 times, with Arsenal winning 23 drawing 2 and losing 9
Arsenal have scored 72 goals in those fixtures, with Palace scoring 26
Crystal Palace: The squad would be without Julian Speroni, Fraizer Campbell, Kwesi Appiah and Maroune Chamakh
Arsenal: Arsene Wenger revealed that Wilshire and Danny Welbeck are still out; Rosicky had a knee surgery and would be out for more than two months. On the bright side, Alexis Sanchez is back to full fitness along with Hector Bellerin.