Arsenal hosts Crystal Palace in round 18 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, January 14th at Emirates Stadium (London)
The London grandee has invariably defeated its rivals for three rounds in a row (Chelsea, Brighton, and West Bromwich). Thanks to this, positive emotions began to appear in relation to the team's prospects in the local arena. Arsenal is in 11th place in the standings, lagging six points behind the European Cup zone. The Gunners have become more reliable in defense in the last matches (one conceded goal in three games). Arsenal has a lot of experienced footballers whose efficiency is at a low level now. Ozil, David Luis, Sokratis, and Willian stopped showing their best football long ago. The coaching staff relies on the young stars of the team - Gabriel, Saka, Ceballos, and Tierney. Lacazette and Bellerin gained quite good shape.
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This season Roy Hodgson's charges are well-organized and have a pragmatic approach to Premier League matches. The Eagles occupy the 13th line in the Premier League standings and are 11 points ahead of the relegation zone. Such a handicap allows Crystal Palace to feel at ease in relation to the struggle for survival. Moreover, the team consistently scores points throughout the entire competitive distance. Hodgson always trusts a limited number of players. Thus, the backbone of the Eagles consists of seasoned football players with rich experience in the Premier League. The leaders of Crystal Palace are such players as Benteke, Zaha, Townsend, Schlupp, Milivojevic, van Aanholt, Saho, and Butland.
In the last rounds, Arsenal began to resemble the grandee of English football in terms of the game. The problem for Arteta's charges is a serious lag behind the leading group, which can only be reduced thanks to regular victories in the Premier League. The Gunners will hold the initiative and realize their speed advantage in the upcoming match. Alexander Lacazette demonstrates good bombarding agility. Crystal Palace will try to play defense first, but these tactics will probably not help it gain points.
Prediction for the match: Arsenal to win