By Bulldog Drummond.
So let us move on to the question of matches between Arsenal and Palace across the years. Here are the last 20 games between the two teams…
|10 Mar 1993||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||2-0||League Cup|
|08 May 1993||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||3-0||Premier League|
|01 Oct 1994||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||L||1-2||Premier League|
|25 Feb 1995||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||0-3||Premier League|
|18 Oct 1997||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|15 Feb 1998||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||0-0||FA Cup|
|21 Feb 1998||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||1-0||Premier League|
|25 Feb 1998||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||1-2||FA Cup|
|06 Nov 2004||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|14 Feb 2005||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||5-1||Premier League|
|26 Oct 2013||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|02 Feb 2014||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||2-0||Premier League|
|16 Aug 2014||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||2-1||Premier League|
|21 Feb 2015||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|16 Aug 2015||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|17 Apr 2016||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||1-1||Premier League|
|01 Jan 2017||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||2-0||Premier League|
|10 Apr 2017||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||L||3-0||Premier League|
|28 Dec 2017||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|20 Jan 2018||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||4-1||Premier League|
In those 20 games Palace have beaten us twice, once in 1994, and once last year. There have been four draws and that means 14 times we have run.
As always I want to keep focussing on the home and away issues – if we draw up a league team just showing away form we are not doing too badly being above Manchester City and Manchester United while Tottenham are in the odd position of doing better away from “home” and of course having fixed the league programme so that they could play a couple of aways while their rebuilt ground in Tottenham High Road was being finished off.
That proved to be a false hope and so at some stage they are going to have to catch up with their home matches – with quite possibly home not being the normal advantage that it is.
So, we have played four away from home, won three and lost one (to Chelsea 3-2). We have also scored the most away goals with 12.
Now if we contrast this with the home table we can see that Tottenham have only played three because of the fixture manipulation but scanning down further we find Palace who have played their four games won none and most particularly not scored a goal at home yet. Details of quite why their home form is so difficult for them were given in the last article: Crystal Palace v Arsenal. A lesson in how a club should NOT treat its core fans.
|14||West Ham United||5||1||1||3||4||5||-1||4|
It is difficult to see something positive for Palace in this situation unless they have, of late, managed to fix the splintered relationship with their very noisy and positive home support who wanted to sit behind the goal, but have been refused the right to move.
The final chart for the moment looks at where the clubs would stand if measured only by goals scored – a good indicator of a likely score. The first column shows where is club is in this imaginary league table – the second retains its actual position based on points.
|12||12||Brighton and Hove Albion||9||3||2||4||10||13||-3||11|
|15||14||West Ham United||9||2||1||6||8||14||-6||7|
What we can see is just how desperate the goal scoring situation is for Palace. Not only no goals at home, only one team in the league has scored fewer goals. And they are up against the second highest scoring team in the League in Arsenal, with 22 goals in 9 games.
Thus we are averaging 2.44 goals per game while Palace are averaging 1.22. You might notice the relationship between the two numbers. We score twice as many goals as they do.
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