Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, Match Preview and Tactic Analysis
The 2022/2023 season of the Premier League commences at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace hosts Arsenal on Friday night.
After multiple signings, both clubs look ready and focused on what will be a highly anticipated fixture not just for English football but for fans around the world.
For Palace, the presence of Cheick Doucoure is a major boost ahead of the game, and Vierra has explicitly acknowledged his quality and what he brings to the Palace squad this season.
However, the Gunners’ star signing Gabriel Jesus will look to find the back of the net at Selhurst Park after a mesmerizing pre-season display alongside Bukayo Saka and the new Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Venue : Selhurst Park
New signing Sam Johnstone is likely to miss out due to a quadriceps injury, while Jack Butland is out with a broken hand.
James McArthur and Michael Olise are expected to miss out with groin and ankle injuries respectively.
McArthur’s absence only increases Doucoure’s chance of earning a start at home
Arsenal also face a huge blow with Emile Smith Rowe’s groin strain reportedly set to keep him sidelined, with Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu all facing minor issues in pre-season.
PRE MATCH ANALYSIS.
The 2021/2022 season saw Arsenal take a huge 3-0 defeat at the Selhurst Park when they last faced Palace.
For Vierra’s men, the fans will be utterly crucial as their support in the first league game could create the precise needed atmosphere for a victory.
Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen will look to neutralize the arsenal attack led by Gabriel Jesus with Vincent Guaita in goal for Palace.
Jeffery Schlupp and Cheick Doucoure will look to gain control of the game for Palace in the central and wide areas of midfield
Jordan Ayew is likely to drop deep to gain control for Palace and combine with Wilfred Zaha to find the back of the net for the hosts.
Eberechi Eze, Wilfred Zaha and Jean Philippe Mateta are options to lead the attack at home with pace and the required attacking runs to cause the Arsenal backline problems.
For Arsenal, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko will look to aid Gabriel and Ben White for Mikel Arteta.
In midfield, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka will most likely shield the back four and ahead of them will be Arsenal Captain Martin Odegaard creating space and providing the needed defensive splitting passes to find Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka in attack.
Anthony Taylor will referee this highly anticipated fixture
Crystal Palace XI:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal