Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream and Team News

We’ve got another London derby to look forward to on Easter Sunday, as Crystal Palace travel to Arsenal looking to take advantage of some tired legs and further climb the Premier League table.

The Gunners impressively overcame Napoli in Italy during the week, with Alexandre Lacazette’s strike securing a 1-0 victory on the night and a comfortable 3-0 win over the piece, but while they have a European trophy on the line, their priority for now will be securing a Champions League place through the Premier League.

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Having just about ​beaten Watford on Monday, they are in a good position to do so, but Palace will be no pushovers, even at the Emirates. They are no longer in any real danger at the bottom, and with the shackles off, they came pretty close to upsetting Manchester City last weekend, so Arsenal will know what they are in for here.

Here’s our preview of ​Arsenal vs Crystal Palace.


Where to Watch​

When Is Kick Off?​ Sunday 21 April​
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​16 (BST)
​Where Is it Being Played? ​Emirates Stadium
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Sky Sports News
​Referee? ​Jonathan Moss

Team News

In addition to the absences of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck, who are all out long-term, Arsenal will be without the suspended Sokratis, while Lucas Torreira recovered from a blow which saw him subbed at half-time against Watford to feature against Napoli.

Aaron Ramsey was brought off after half an hour in Naples, but his condition is unclear as yet.

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For Palace, first choice central defensive pairing Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are expected to miss out again, while an update is awaited over Jeffrey Schlupp, who was forced off in the 3-1 defeat to last weekend.


Predicted Lineups

​Arsenal ​Leno; Mustafi, Mavropanos, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Lacazette.
​Crystal Palace ​Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha; Benteke.

Head to Head Record

Historically, ​Arsenal have owned this particular London derby, with 28 victories to just four defeats over the years, but more recently, ​Palace have given them something to think about.

The sides drew earlier in the season, and should Palace take a point or more here, it will be the first time since 1980 that they have avoided defeat in both meetings with their more esteemed neighbours.

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Arsenal won the two prior to that 2-2 draw in October, but one of Palace’s four victories came as recently as 2017, when they famously won 3-0 at Selhurst Park.


Recent Form

Arsenal’s recent form is really a tale of two tapes. Wins over Watford and Napoli on the road this week have gone some way to dispelling their struggles away from home, but generally, their away form has been dreadful.

At the Emirates, where Palace travel on Sunday, however, it’s a different story altogether. They have won their last ten matches on home turf, and haven’t lost a game there since Manchester City turned them over back in August.

Palace, meanwhile, have been pretty inconsistent, but much of that can be put down to some difficult games. They have won two of their last five in the Premier League, but faced Tottenham and Manchester City in that time, so it’s hardly an entirely fair barometer.

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Away from home, they’ve won four from their last five in the league – so they know how to get results. 

Here’s how each side has fared in their last five matches in all competitions.

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​Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (18/4)  ​Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City (14/4)
​Watford 0-1 Arsenal (15/4) ​Newcastle 0-1 Crystal Palace (6/3)
​Arsenal 2-0 Napoli (11/4) ​Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace (3/4)
​Everton 1-0 Arsenal (7/4) ​Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield (30/3)
​Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle (1/4) ​Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace (16/3)

Prediction

Palace under Roy Hodgson can be a match for anyone on their day, and given how impressive they have been on their travels since the turn of the year, Arsenal have quite the task in front of them if they are to reaffirm their grip on the top four. 

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Having said that, however, Unai Emery really seems to be getting the most out of a strong group of players. They have been nothing short of formidable at the Emirates, and even with a heavily rotated side, they should have enough about them to get a result here. 

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Palace

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Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (0-3 Agg): Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacazette Stunner Seals Gunners Progress

​Arsenal cruised through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a superb and disciplined performance against a toothless Napoli side.

The Gunners started the game on the front foot, but it was the Italian side who had the first real opportunity of the game when Kalidou Koulibaly ignited a quickfire counter attack before Jose Callejon’s low drive was smartly saved by Petr Cech.


Shortly after Aaron Ramsey was forced off with a hamstring injury, Arsenal grabbed a crucial away goal in the 36th minute through a stunning 25-yard free kick from Alexandre Lacazette, which left Alex Meret totally stranded in the Napoli net.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have put the tie to bed early in the second half, but his point blank effort was brilliantly turned over by Meret. It ultimately didn’t matter however, as Napoli never looked like to breach Cech’s goal, and Unai Emery’s side saw the job through with little concern.

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NAPOLI

Key Talking Point

I Partenopei were clearly confident that they could pull off a historic European comeback, with fans packing out the San Paolo stadium two hours before kick off.

With the Serie A title gone, this was Carlo Ancelotti’s last chance to claim a trophy in his debut season, and the Italian made the bold decision to drop Dries Mertens from his starting XI.

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It didn’t work.

Napoli knew the extent of their task, but their frustration became apparent fairly quickly, and they quickly resorted to petty fouls and appealing for penalties that were never going to be given.

Their evening was nicely summed up by Lorenzo Insigne, who having missed a couple of chances, was taken off, and decided to stand next to the bench looking grumpy for a good ten minutes. A bad night all round for the men in blue.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Meret (6); Maksimovic (5), Chiriches (5), Koulibaly (7*), Ghoulam (6); Callejon (5), Allan (6), Ruiz (6), Zielinski (5); Milik (4), Insigne (5).

Substitutes: Mertens (5), Younes (5), Rui (6).


STAR MAN – Kalidou Koulibaly

It’s not difficult to see why the Senegalese international is being linked with a major move away from Naples.

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At times, he looks like the only player on the pitch who is capable of grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck and taking command, and his dominating presence at the back would make him a feared centre-half in any league.

However, despite his best efforts, including a couple of bursting runs from the defence to try and get something going for Ancelotti’s side, Koulibaly just couldn’t drag his well below par teammates to his extremely high level.


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Key Talking Point

Judging by Unai Emery’s team selection, the Spaniard had clearly decided that the best form of defence would be attack, especially with playing two strikers. The north London side were carrying a two goal advantage into this clash, so Gunners fans would surely have been slightly concerned with regards to just how high their defensive line was.

However, three-time Europa League winner’s brave selection paid off, and Lacazette essentially killed the tie with a superb free kick.

This was an ultimately comfortable evening for Emery’s side, and the way that they brushed aside the second best team in Italy in such a superbly disciplined way speaks volumes about how far this team has come in the manager’s debut season.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Cech (6); Maitland-Niles (8*), Sokratis (7), Koscielny (8), Monreal (7), Kolasinac (8); Torreira (7), Xhaka (7), Ramsey (6); Aubameyang (6), Lacazette (8).

Substitutes: Mkhitaryan (6), Elneny (6), Iwobi (6)


STAR MAN – Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Although Lacazette may take the plaudits for his brilliant goal, Maitland-Niles showed incredible maturity to help guide the Gunners to their second consecutive clean sheet away from home.

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The 21-year-old put in a tireless display at wing back to not only make Arsenal’s back five as secure as possible, but was also a constant option for the attack on the right side due to his relentless desire to get forward and set up Arsenal counter-attacks.

The England Under-21 international will have a bright future at the Emirates, and it’s performances like this that will make the youngster one of the first names on Emery’s teamsheet for many years to come


Looking Ahead​

Napoli will look to consolidate their runners-up spot in Serie A when they host Atalanta on Monday, before travelling to Frosinone the following Sunday.

Arsenal’s quest to finish in the top four continues on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before a trip to Molineux to face Wolves.

The Gunners will play Valencia in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday 2nd May, before the return leg a week later.

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Beth Mead Describes High Expectations for Role in England Squad Ahead of Women’s World Cup

​England forward Beth Mead has said that she has bigger expectations for her role in the national team ahead of the Women’s World Cup.

The Arsenal attacker spoke of her aspirations for this summer’s tournament, and her hopes for being involved in manager Phil Neville’s key setup. Neville will name his England squad next month, as they continue preparation for the tournament in France.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Mead said: “I’ve got more of an expectation than just being in the squad now. That’s why I’m not acting differently, but reacting differently to the situations [Neville] is putting me in. I let him know if I’m angry about not being there.”

Mead was describing her emotions after the England manager left her out of their SheBelieves Cup match against the USA, where she was informed that she would not start. Although the Three Lionesses went on to win the competition, she was clearly upset about being left out.

Speaking about Neville’s decision to exclude her from the starting lineup, Mead added: “He [Neville] asked me if I had anything to say. I didn’t give him the nicest look. I said no and I asked if I could leave the room. He knew that I was a bit annoyed then.”

Phil Neville

Mead will be eager to earn a call-up for England’s 23-player squad next month, as she looks to add to her ten caps. Despite having only made her Three Lionesses debut last April, the 23-year-old has already scored five goals for the senior team.

The ​Arsenal forward has been in excellent form for her club as well, as the Gunners sit top of the Women’s Super League with three games to play. Mead has eight goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season, with six of them coming in the league.

Beth Mead

If called up for this summer’s World Cup, it would only be Mead’s second international tournament following the SheBelieves Cup in March. 

“It’s hard – it’s that in-between of not getting too excited because it could be that I’m not going,” Mead added. “There’s a lot of emotions running round, but I don’t want to think about it too much.”

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Lloyd Kelly: The Contenders to Sign the Bristol City Starlet & Who He Might Join

The Championship is full of outstanding young talents, and their have been few better than Bristol City’s young left-back Lloyd Kelly this season.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Robins this season, and has been tipped in some circles as a future England international.

He has already been touted to play at centre-back by his manager Lee Joh​nson, who has played a huge role in his progression and path to superstardom in the Championship. The question is this – where does his future lie? Most of the Premier League giants have been linked with a move for him, so here’s how likely a switch to some of these suitors might be..


Leicester City

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Probably the least likely, but Kelly could be seen as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Fuchs, 33, who will depart the King Power Stadium when his contract expires this summer. 

Brendan Rodgers is most likely going to be in the market for a back-up left-back, and the fact Kelly fits the type of player the 46-year-old likes to work with could be huge factor in swaying him to Leicester.

His versatility will no doubt suit Rodgers, especially with Leicester on the search for a long-term replacement for club captain Wes Morgan. ​The 35-year-old was recently handed a new one year contract to remain with the Foxes, but Rodgers may be already on the look out for somebody to fill Morgan’s boots.

It’s highly unlikely Kelly would want to be amongst the substitutes week in week out and feature mainly in the cup competitions. But if Leicester sell Ben Chilwell, who knows. Kieran Tierney, who is believed to be high on the Foxes wish list having worked under Rodgers at Celtic could be drafted in though.

Likelihood rating: 5/10


Manchester United

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Following defeat to FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær revealed he will look to revamp his squad this summer. United have been linked with a number of young players such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Declan Rice, and Kelly could also be somebody who fits the profile.

Ashley Young is a player who is past his best at United and Kelly would be the perfect option. Young has taken on board a great deal of criticism this season, and his performance in the Champions League last night did little to get the United crowd off his back.

Would Kelly be interested in a move to Old Trafford? Definitely, but he would want clarity that he would get regular game time. With Luke Shaw the first-choice left-back, he would certainly have competition on his hands should he want a regular staring birth in Solskjær’s XI.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino is keen on defensive reinforcements as he looks to bolster his side at the back, having conceded 34 goals so far in the Premier League this season. The fact the England Under-21 international is versatile is again a factor, with Jan Vertonghen now 31 and Toby Alderweireld’s future still unclear.

Kelly could be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose, 28, and would be seen as an upgrade to Ben Davies, who has featured 22 times for Spurs in the Premier League thus far this season. A regular in the Championship, having made 25 appearances, Kelly averages three aerial duels per game and loos to have what it takes to make the step up to Premier League level.

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Arsenal

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Arsenal are in the hunt for a new left-back as they search for a replacement for the ageing Nacho Monreal. The 32-year-old is out of contract with the Gunners in seven months and has not agreed a new deal despite holding talks with the club.

​Genk ace Jere Uronen has been eyed, as has ​Nico​lás Tagliafico and ​Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo, but Kelly would be seen as the cheaper option, as well as home-grown. Sead Kolasinac has failed to impress in the full-back role since his free transfer from Schalke in June 2017, instead impressing when he has operated further up the field.

Kelly would be open to a move to the Emirates, and if guaranteed regular playing time, he would fit the bill and could go on to be an Arsenal great in years to come. 

Likelihood rating: 8/10


Liverpool

Alberto Moreno

With Alberto Moreno’s contract up, Liverpool are on the hunt for a backup full-back to provide serious competition for Andrew Robertson. Moreno has failed to live up to expectations at Anfield and he could be heading back to former club Sevilla or ​join Lazio this summer, with ​Jurgen Klopp’s side previously linked with moving​ for Ke​l​ly to replace him.

The Reds have Adam Lewis and Tony Gallagher in their youth ranks, with both said to be ready for a step-up to the first team. But manager Jurgen Klopp may look to make a move for Kelly as his versatility would see him as a long-term successor to Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.

This seems the most likely option for Kelly, who has previously been described as a ‘Rolls Royce of a player’. The 20-year-old would benefit from learning from Andrew Robertson, would play in an attacking setup and would also benefit Liverpool by adding to their home-grown player quota.

Likelihood rating: 9/10


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Denis Suarez’s Agent Provides Update on Midfielder’s Long-Term Future With Arsenal Amid Napoli Links

​Denis Suarez’s agent has admitted that the midfielder’s loan spell at Arsenal ‘hasn’t been the best’, and revealed that a potential switch to Napoli at the end of the season could be on the cards.

The Barcelona midfielder arrived at the Emirates on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, but has failed to make a single start for the club.

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With just 67 minutes of ​Premier League football under his belt, and a ​persistent groin injury seemingly keeping him out of action in recent weeks, Suarez’s agent Felix Guende acknowledged that the Spaniard had struggled to settle with the Gunners.

He told ​Radio Kiss Kiss (as quoted by the ​Daily Mirror): “He has two years left at Barcelona. This year in England hasn’t been his best. He’s played little and hasn’t been able to find a rhythm.

“At the moment, he’s injured. He has muscle fatigue and an injury. We’re awaiting the results from the exams.”


Despite Unai Emery’s side having an option in Suarez’s loan deal to make the move permanent, it is expected that the Gunners will not be exercising that right, with ​Napoli touted as being a possible destination for the 25-year-old.

Guende added: “Napoli? The interest is always appreciated, being a team that has been fighting for the top positions for years.

“It’s a bit soon to talk about the transfer window, but we aren’t excluding anything.”

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Suarez is unlikely to feature against his prospective suitors when ​Arsenal take on Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday.

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