After a scratchy defeat against West Ham United, Arsenal is going to play an away match. Although, first match was much disappointed but Wenger’s men are ready to smash down Crystal Palace at their home ground. Let us tell you the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal match preview, which is going to take place on August 16, 2015.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Preview
Current Form of Crystal Palace
Although, Crystal Palace finished their 2014/15 season of English Premier League at 10ath position, yet, they have improved a lot in pre-season friendly as well as in the first match of EPL. Obviously, this is impossible to say whether they will play as good as they have been playing till date after previous season just after watching a single match. However, if they can keep that form up, Arsenal is going to encounter with some serious issues on 16 August.
As per their current form, you cannot doubt anything since they have won 3 matches, made 1 match draw and lost 2 matches in pre-season friendly. At the same time, they have won against Norwich City in their opening EPL match with a 3-1 lead.
Key Players of Crystal Palace
Yannick Bolasie – Bolasie has been playing better than other players of Cyrstal Palace. Although, he was not the top goal scorer in 2014/15 season for Cyrstal Palace, yet, he played well. The same form is being continued in the first match.
Pape Souare – This defender is the china wall of Crystal Palace. He is one of the finest defender for whom Cyrstal Palace successfully blocked several goals against Norwich City.
Ystal Damien Delaney – Here is another defenders of Crystal Palace, who plays alongside Souare. In the first match, he played a vital role.
Current Form of Arsenal
Even after having a really good start, Arsenal was defeated to a team like West Ham United with a 2-0 lead. In pre-season friendly, Arsenal has played brilliantly and as a result, current Premier League title holders were lost to them. However, Arsenal was brutally beaten by West Ham due to worst defense. Their defense lineup is good enough but in the previous match, they have a huge role behind the defeat.
However, Arsenal can come back anytime since they have been playing well and once defeat will not be a matter if they can come back on the track quickly. Their goalkeeper, Petr Cech had some issues for that he failed to prevent the goals. However, Arsenal has strong forward and midfield, which can create various problems in upcoming matches.
Key Players of Arsenal
Arsenal has numerous key players but they failed to utilize their strengths in the first match of EPL.
Alexis Sanchez – He has been playing awesome for his nation as well as club. In the last season, he was the top goal scorer for Arsenal and his form is the key in the next match. Although, he didn’t create any lethal attack against West Ham but still he was in his form.
Theo Walcott – He scored 7 goals in the previous season and counting. Wenger didn’t implement this man in the starting lineup and he came to the field on 58th minute as a substitute. However, he played quite good and you should always keep your eyes on this player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin – Even though, he didn’t play as good as he played against Chelsea in the Community Shield 2015, but still he can fill up the loss in this match.
Starting Lineup of Crystal Palace and Arsenal
As of now, there is no such serious injury news. Therefore, this is expected to get the same lineup as they had in their previous match.
Crystal Palace – McCarthy; Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward; Zaha, McArthur, Cabaye, Mutch; Puncheon; Murray.
Arsenal – Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud.
Match: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Day: 16 August, 2015
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Kick Off: 8:30 (ET), 18:00 (IST), 13:30 (UK Time)
Arsenal had a quite good season in 2014/15 of English Premier League but they didn’t win the title. However, this time, they have a better form than previous season. On the other hand, they are looking confident after winning the Community Shield 2015 against Chelsea. Obviously, their morale has been damaged a bit, Gunners know how to overcome this kind of situations. On the other hand, Cyrstal Palace was a favorite team in English football. The same thing is going to continue against Arsenal as well.
Anyway, let’s wait a few hours and watch the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal match.