Arsenal vs Crystal Palace LIVE Football Score 19 May 2021
With European football still very much a possibility, Arsenal prepare for the penultimate fixture of their Premier League season against Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening. The Eagles soared to a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at the weekend, while the Gunners have had a week to recover from their 1-0 victory at London rivals Chelsea.
Amid speculation surrounding the futures of Roy Hodgson and a plethora of Palace players, the Eagles did not rest on their laurels with survival guaranteed, as they came out on the correct end of the scoreline in a five-goal thriller with Villa on Sunday.Dean Smith’s side were 2-1 up at half time thanks to goals from John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi either side of Christian Benteke’s header, but Palace turned it around in the second period as Wilfried Zaha’s strike preceded Tyrick Mitchell’s chested effort in the 84th minute at Selhurst Park.
With two wins from their last three Premier League outings, Palace are finishing the season with a flourish and occupy 13th spot in the table, but Hodgson’s men can no longer push for a top-half finish and are only capable of finishing as high as 11th this season. A final-day fixture at Liverpool awaits for the Eagles, so their chances of picking up more points before the campaign concludes are not exactly high, and they welcome Arsenal to Selhurst Park having shipped eight goals in their last three home games.
Only West Bromwich Albion (36) and Newcastle United (33) have conceded more goals on home soil than Palace (29) this term, and while Arsenal are not exactly renowned for any sort of penalty-box potency, a shaky and depleted Palace defence could offer them the opportunity to reignite their golden touch.
Written off by many before a ball was kicked at Stamford Bridge, Mikel Arteta’s new-look team put in a dogged performance to keep Chelsea at bay throughout the 90 minutes, and they were gifted a winner in the opening exchanges to break the Blues’ resistance on home soil.
Jorginho was forced into making an error under pressure from Emile Smith Rowe, and the Italy international so nearly witnessed the ball trickle over his own goal-line had it not been for the heroics of Kepa Arrizabalaga, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to set up Smith Rowe for the game’s only goal in the 16th minute
- The reverse fixture ended 0-0, the third consecutive draw between the two sides.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in the past five Premier League meetings – their longest unbeaten run against Arsenal.
- However, Arsenal have lost just one of their past 15 top-flight away games against Crystal Palace (W7, D7).
- Crystal Palace have never lost their final home league game in their previous 11 Premier League campaigns (W8, D3). Their last such top-flight defeat was in 1980-81.
- The Eagles have managed just five goals at home in seven league matches.
- Only Fulham have won fewer Premier League points in London derbies than Palace, with seven, this season.
- Christian Benteke could score in four consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since March to April 2013.
- Arsenal could win four successive Premier League matches for the first time since August to October 2018.
- They could lose their last away game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2000-01.
- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last six London derbies (W3, D3).
- Arsenal have lost 13 of their 36 league fixtures – equalling their record for most defeats in a 38-match season, first set in 2017-18.
- Ten of Alexandre Lacazette’s 13 goals this season have come in away games.