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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – Line-ups, injury news, preview and prediction

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26 Oct 2013, 10:36 IST

Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh would be facing his former club

Kick-off: 12.45 BST

Referee: Chris Foy.

After a disappointing home defeat against Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal look to come back into their winning ways against manager-less Crystal Palace on Saturday’s early kick off game.

Arsenal are in top form this season sitting first in the league table while the hosts are struggling as they lost their manager Ian Holloway recently.

Team & Injury News

For the Gunners, Ozil and Cazorla should team up again in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield while Jack Wilshere will face a late fitness test which will determine his participation. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski are the long term absentees and rest of them are fine.

Out: Walcott (abdominal), Sanogo (back), Podolski (hamstring), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby (both knee).
Doubt: Wilshere (ankle), Flamini (concussion).

For Crystal Palace, former Arsenal players – Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas are expected to start the game.

Out: McCarthy (groin), Murray (knee), Williams, Hunt (both ankle/foot).

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Possible Lineups

Crystal Palace (Possible, 4-3-3): Speroni; Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey; Dikgacoi, Campana, Jedinak; Puncheon, Chamakh, Bolasie.

Arsenal (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta, Flamini, Cazorla; Ozil; Giroud.

Match Facts

  • 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.

Prediction

Yet another away win for the Gunners.

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