Premier League action returns to London as Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace welcomes Mikel Arteta’s Gunners for a Premier League London derby on Monday night.


Crystal Palace strung a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions and advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after putting four unanswered goals past Everton, with Chelsea now lying in wait at Wembley. The Eagles managed to hold Manchester City to a goalless stalemate in their last premier league outing. With Brighton failing to get the better of Norwich on Saturday, Palace remains 12th in the premier league rankings, with two points off Aston Villa in the top ten. Despite Patrick Viera having improved Palace greatly in his first year, they haven’t managed to achieve much against the stronger teams in the league barring a 3-0 success over a disjointed Tottenham earlier this season. The Eagles have lost three of five at home to the top eight and they lost four of their visits to the top six this season too. Crystal Palace are winless in their last five home games in the premier league and with the Gunners in top form, this may prove a tough test for Patrick Viera’s men. Attacking duo Michael Olise and Wilfred Zaha sustained ‘minor injuries’ during the break and are doubts however, the Eagles boss has stated they still stand a chance of featuring. Predicted lineup: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Schlupp; Eze, Mateta, Edouard.


Despite a tough start to the season, the Gunners have responded admirably to critics with six wins from their last seven in the Premier League, and they have also triumphed in each of their last five away from home. Arsenal has struggled against the top teams this season, losing all five meetings with the top three but they’ve made the most of playing teams below them. Their top-four charge gathered momentum with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Aston Villa in their last premier league outing. They currently sit 4th in the premier league standings three points above Manchester United with two games in hand. Arteta’s men had to rely on a last-gasp Alexandre Lacazette equalizer to salvage a 2-2 draw against Palace at the Emirates – the fifth stalemate in their last seven meetings. With Arsenal conceding 19 times in 13 away games and Crystal Palace scoring 22 times in 15 home matches, both teams should be able to find the back of the net here. Defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is out injured while Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe are doubts. Gabriel Martinelli will eye an immediate recall to the XI after missing the Villa win due to illness. Predicted lineup: Leno; Soares, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette.