Palace v Arsenal: the team and the oddities

By Bulldog Drummond

Of course the BBC being the BBC have managed to find themselves a negative story concerning Arsenal in preparation for this game saying, “Arsenal’s only defeat in 16 league meetings at Palace came in a Monday night game in April 2017.”

On the other hand concerning Crystal Palace they note that the club have failed to win any of their five Premier League home games in 2022, while in the FA Cup the Eagles have triumphed in all three at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score of 8-1….

  • “They have lost only one of their past 10 matches in all competitions, a 1-0 Premier League home defeat against Chelsea on 19 February.
  • “Palace have won just one of their past 15 top-flight fixtures on a Monday, a 2-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion in February 2021.”

But they do go into some funny stuff, noting that Palace have played three Monday games this season and have drawn all three games.  However the big difference this time is that coming up Crystal Palace has a cup semi-final against Chelsea, who you might recall, have just been beaten 1-4 by Brentford.

So are any Palacial players going to risk an injury with a cup semi-final on the horizon against a team playing as badly as Chelsea did this past weekend?  I find it hard to believe they would.

There is one other thing the BBC have found that we missed with our inferior computing system.  Palace have apparently “won just one of their last 17 Premier League London derby matches, beating Tottenham 3-0 in September.”  But they have never, ever, not once, between Arsenal and the Tiny Totts in the same season.

Incidentally concerning the Arsenal away games – we are in the longest run of away wins since January to May 2002.   And in case, like me, you are old enough to remember… here it is one more time…

Date Game Res Score
23 Jan 2002 Leicester City v Arsenal W 1-3
30 Jan 2002 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal W 2-3
10 Feb 2002 Everton v Arsenal W 0-1
2 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-2
17 Mar 2002 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 1-2
1 Apr 2002 Charlton Athletic v Arsenal W 0-3
29 Apr 2002 Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal W 0-2
8 May 2002 Manchester United v Arsenal W 0-1

We have incidentally won 149 away games in the Premier League.  Manchester United with 301 and Chelsea with 262 are the only two clubs ahead of us.  This season despite playing one away game fewer than Manchester United we have already won one game more away from home.

And shall we perhaps compare our team away from home with last season away from home just for the fun of it?

Pos Time zone P W D L F A GD Pts
7 This season 13 7 1 5 20 19 1 22
7 Last season 19 10 3 6 31 18 13 33

Six away games to go and four victories to outdo last season’s away record.

Anyway enough of silly statistics, here is the team

The Independent offers


Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney,

Xhaka, Partey,

Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli,


And quite simply do does everyone else   Sports Mole is identical

Hard Tackle does try to be a bit different by calling Gabriel, “Magalhaes” which is a trifle pedantic, and I suppose I can outdo that by adding the accent.   His name is, if anyone is interested, Gabriel Magalhães.  With a squiggle over the ã.

Of course the boss can make fools of all of them, by playing Smith Rowe from the off, but no one wants to try that.  And there is a logic here as well, because bringing on Smith Rowe on 70 minutes will certainly make the Palacial defence wonder what on earth has happened.

I fancy 0-3 to the Arsenal, although just because I do, doesn’t mean it will happen.  The average Arsenal score from those eight away games cited above is two a game.  So maybe 0-2 will have to do.

One Reply to “Palace v Arsenal: the team and the oddities”

  1. Team

    Tavares, Gabriel, White, Soares
    partey, Odegaard, Xhaka
    Smith-Rowe, Lacazette, Saka

    Leno, Holding, Ogungbo, Swanson, Lokonga, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli, Flores

    Three academy players on the bench – fullbacks Ogungbo and Swanson and Flores a very talented attacking midfielder getting his first call up at this level.

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