Crystal Palace preview – Nothing less than a win will do

Selhurst Park is the venue for us the weekend in the day’s early kick off against Crystal Palace, who have made a few headlines this week. Manager Ian Holloway, formerly of Blackpool, parted ways with the newly promoted side after a spell of just three points, all from a win against Sunderland, from their opening eight games. 

Now this could go one of two ways for our game against us. Scenario number one, the good scenario and the one that we all want, is that their players are downbeat, the caretaker manager decides to play Chamakh, who steps up to take a penalty, and scores an own goal in the process, his eighth of the game. Judging by his time with us, I wouldn’t put it past him, but here, just for the sake of it, is scenario number two; Palace players have nothing to lose and want to prove themselves and avenge their fallen manager by pressing us the entire game and scoring a fluky late goal, winning the game one nil.                                                                                                                                                                               Now, it’s obvious which one of these two is the most likely (Scenario one), but we do still have to be wary of a potentially dangerous Palace side. Despite their appalling defence, their forwards do carry a lot of pace, with the likes of Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle trying to get in behind the defenders, especially the not-so-lightning-quick Per Mertersacker.

Here’s how I think we’ll line up:

Szczesny

Sagna Koscielny Mertersacker Gibbs

Flamini Ramsey

Cazorla Ozil Rosicky

Giroud

 

I’d be surprised if Flamini didn’t come back in to the side, especially due to the fact that he is only one yellow card away from a suspension, and with games against United and Liverpool coming up, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ‘accidentally’ got himself another suspension.  

The back four speaks for itself and due to the knock he got on his ankle, I’d be surprised if Jack Wilshere started, meaning Rosicky comes in on the wing.  

Overall, as I’ve said before, but today more than usual, if we want to win the league, we have to win these sorts of games. Palace have lost five in a row and their only point have come against Sunderland, so, putting into perspective, it would be somewhat of a disaster if we weren’t to get all three points.

My prediction:

Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal

With no manager, I really think Palace are going to throw everything they have got at us, which, whilst dangerous, leaves them vulnerable to the counter attack, and with the likes of Ozil and Cazorla, that’s where we do the damage.

Giroud to get two and Ozil for one,

COME ON YOU GOONERS!

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