Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Saturday as they host Crystal Palace
  • Gunners desperately need to return to winning ways
  • Palace knocked out of FA Cup in midweek

Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Saturday
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Saturday / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Arsenal are in Premier League action for the first time this year as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners earned a much-needed break as the Premier League took a breather to start the new year. Arsenal were last in league action on New Year's Eve as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Fulham, and they've since been knocked out of the FA Cup.

A training camp in Dubai could prove to be the perfect tonic for an Arsenal side that desperately needs to return to winning ways this weekend. A middling Crystal Palace outfit visits the Emirates on Saturday after they were beaten in a drab FA Cup third round replay by Everton in midweek.

Arsenal squeezed past the Eagles 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.


Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

Martin Odegaard
Arsenal need all three points this weekend / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Here's our preview of Arsenal's upcoming Premier League fixture.


How to watch Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV

  • When is kick-off? Saturday 20 January
  • What time is kick-off? 12:30 (GMT)
  • Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
  • TV channel/live stream? discovery+, TNT Sports Ultimate, discovery+ App, TNT Sports 1 (UK) / nbcsports.com, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, USA Network, NBC Sports App, UNIVERSO (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
  • Referee? Paul Tierney

Arsenal team news

Gabriel Jesus is expected to be back in the matchday squad this weekend, although there are doubts over Oleksandr Zinchenko's fitness. The Ukrainian has been dealing with a calf injury and is still recovering.

With Jurrien Timber and Takehiro Tomiyasu both absent, Jakub Kiwior will continue at left-back if Zinchenko isn't deemed fit.

Thomas Partey and Fabio Vieira are both on the comeback trail.


Crystal Palace team news

Jordan Ayew is away at AFCON for Ghana and thus won't be available. However, Michael Olise could be fit enough to return to action this weekend.

Joel Ward, Nathan Ferguson, Sam Johnstone, and former Gunner Rob Holding are all doubts.

Cheick Doucoure has been lost for the season.


Arsenal vs Crystal Palace predicted lineups

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Crystal Palace: Johnstone; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Lerma, Richards; Olise, Eze, Schlupp; Edouard.


Arsenal's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

07/01/24

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool

FA Cup

31/12/23

Fulham 2-1 Arsenal

Premier League

28/12/23

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham

Premier League

23/12/23

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

Premier League

17/12/23

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

Premier League


Crystal Palace's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

17/01/24

Everton 1-0 Crystal Palace

FA Cup

04/01/24

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

FA Cup

30/12/23

Crystal Palace 3-1 Brentford

Premier League

27/12/23

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Premier League

21/12/23

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton

Premier League


Arsenal vs Crystal Palace score prediction

While Palace could be buoyed by Olise's inclusion, this feels like a get-right game for Arsenal. The Eagles were pretty dire in their two FA Cup meetings with Everton to start the new year, and they don't exactly look like a side capable of turning over the Gunners in north London.

The visitors do pose some threats in transition and are fairly stubborn defensively, but the hosts should be able to assert control on Saturday.

Once again, it'll be a case of whether they'll be able to finish their chances. It may one take one moment of brilliance to reignite the Gunners in the final third.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Crystal Palace


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