Arsenal v Crystal Palace: match preview

There has never been any love lost between Arsene Wenger and sam allardyce, despite the passing of years, bringing about an agreement of this kind, and both will be desperate for a positive result. For Wenger and the Arsenal victory is essential, given Chelsea’s cushion at the top. Wenger describes them as “super-favourites” for the title. But what a tonic a point or more would be for Allardyce, as he gets his feet under the table at the Palace. David Hytner

Kick-off new year’s eve 4pm

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 1

Live On Sky Sports 1

Referee Andre Marriner

This season G13, Y46, R1, 3.69 cards for the game

Dimensions H 1-3 10-1 D 9-2
Arsenal

Sub Ospina, Martinez, Jenkinson, Gabriel, Holding, Elneny, Ramsey, Reine-Adélaïde, Sanogo, Pérez

Doubts None

Injured Akpom (back), Debuchy (hamstring), Gibbs (knee), Mertesacker (knee), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Walcott (calf), Welbeck (knee, all Jan), Cazorla (achilles, Mar)

Suspended None

Form WWWLLW

Discipline Y29 R1

Leading Scorer Sánchez 12
Crystal Palace

Sub Speroni, Fryers, Phillips, Wynter, Sako, Lee, Husin, McArthur, Ledley, Mutch, Campbell, Tomkins, Rémy

Doubt Flamini (groin), Ledley, McArthur, Rémy (all match fitness), Sako (thigh), Tomkins (groin)

Injured mandanda (knee, 14 January), J the home side (knee, Feb), Wickham (knee), Souaré (leg, both the Needle)

Suspended Delaney (a game)

Form LWDLLD

Discipline Y41 R0

The Top Scorer In C The Home Side 8