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Crystal Palace and Arsenal are set to contest their first London derby of the season as the two capital sides look to build on their opening-day victories. Arsenal picked up a routine 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest at home, while Palace returned from South Yorkshire with a 1-0 win against Sheffield United. Here is our Crystal Palace vs Arsenal predicted lineups and team news.
Crystal Palace predicted lineup: Can the Eagles fly again without Olise?
With Wilfried Zaha leaving the club and Micheal Olise linked with a move to Chelsea, Crystal Palace fans feared their team would lack attacking prowess against Sheffield. While they could not beat Sheffield shot-stopper Wes Foderingham more than once, Roy Hodgson’s men played some sublime attacking football on away turf.
Olise ended the uncertainty over his future by penning a long-term deal at Palace last week, but he will not return to action anytime soon as he continues to recover from a thigh problem. Palace, once again, face the challenge to play without one of their best attackers; this time against a superior side.
The South Londoners’ home form last season was nothing short of commendable. They lost only five matches in front of the Selhurst Park crowd, but four of those five losses came against fellow Londoners.
As mentioned above, Olise will sit out Arsenal’s visit to Selhurst Park. Matheus Franca and Will Hughes will also be unavailable due to a lower back injury and a knee injury, respectively. Marc Guehi suffered a cramp at the City Ground, but he will be in contention for a start against the Gunners.
Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Lerma; Ayew, Eze, Schlupp; Edouard
Arsenal predicted lineup: The Gunners seek to emulate last season’s away form
Arsenal’s strong form on the road laid the foundation for their remarkable campaign last season. Mikel Arteta’s men accumulated 39 points from their travels and also claimed the full spoils at Selhurst Park in their previous Premier League campaign.
The North London side has strengthened significantly in the summer following the late collapse of their 22/23 title challenge. They will be looking to have a go at the title once again and rediscovering their strong away form will be key to that.
Arsenal had an excellent record against their London rivals last season. In twelve Premier League meetings with other London clubs, the Gunners prevailed in ten. They also won both home and away against their Monday night opponents.
Summer arrival Jurrien Timber picked up an unfortunate ACL injury in his Premier League debut for Arsenal. The versatile defender will not be an option for Arteta, but Oleksandr Zinchenko will return from injury to fill the void. Arsenal have recently announced the signing of goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford, but Aaron Ramsdale remains the number-one choice between the sticks, at least for now. Gabriel Jesus is still working his way back to fitness, so Eddie Nketiah might lead the line once again.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Partey; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
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