Arsenal FC at Crystal Palace Team News, Starting XI Predictions


It’s a sneaky good London derby this weekend as sixth place Crystal Palace heads to fifth place Arsenal on Sunday in a match that has positioning for European football next season on the line. Much has been made of the Gunners struggles, and that negative publicity is surely justified, but they have been pretty fierce at home.

Scorer supreme Alexandre Lacazette is back from injury, having just played 70 minutes last time out. You can expect him to get a first team call in this one. One guy you won’t see in the first team is the side’s highest paid player, Mesut Ozil, who has been frozen out and manager Unai Emery refuses to explain why.

The Gunners are getting really fit at this point in the season, and when it comes to team selection, it’s now more about balance and squad rotation, instead of worries about availability/unavailability due to injury. Here’s what we’re going with in our predicted team:

Lacazette      Aubameyang      

Ceballos    Pepe  

Xhaka    Guendouzi

Tierney   Luiz    Sokratis  Chambers


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Turning over to the visitors, they will be without the services of Vicente Guaita and Martin Kelly in this one, so expect Wayne Hennessy and James Tomkins to remain in the first team for this one.

Let’s take a look at who else could join them in the starting XI at the Emirates in the Sunday matinee.

Schlupp      Ayew     Zaha

Kouyate     Milivojevic     McArthur

Van Aanholt      Cahill      Tomkins    Ward


Arsenal vs Crystal Palace FYIs

Kickoff: Sunday Oct 27 8pm, Emirates Stadium

Form Guide: Arsenal FC- LWDWD    Crystal Palace- LWWDL

Google’s result probability: 63% Arsenal win, 22% draw, 15% Crystal Palace victory

Prediction: Arsenal 3, Crystal Palace 2

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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