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Premiership MD 12: Crystal Palace v. Arsenal

Will3172010-04-29 08:24:29 +0000 #1
The Gunners will look to get back on track today against Palace.

BBC Sport - 06.11.04

Crystal Palace v. Arsenal

Selhurst Park

Saturday, 6 November

Kick-off: 1715 GMT


Crystal Palace defender Fitz Hall is doubtful with a knee problem, but boss Iain Dowie will leave it until the last minute before making a decision.

Sandor Torghelle is available again following a one-match suspension.

Arsenal's Edu is still ruled out with a calf injury as are Sol Campbell (Achilles), Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) and Gael Clichy (ankle).

The Gunners must decide whether to rest Dennis Bergkamp, with Robin van Persie hoping to make his first league start.


Palace (from): Speroni, Kiraly, Boyce, Butterfield, Borrowdale, Hudson, Hall, Popovic, Leigertwood, Powell, Sorondo, Granville, Riihilahti, Hughes, Kolkka, Derry, Danze, Watson, Routledge, Lakis, Freedman, Johnson, Torghelle, Kaviedes.

Villa (from): Lehmann, Almunia, Taylor, Lauren, Hoyte, Cole, Cygan, Toure, Senderos, Vieira, Fabregas, Flamini, Pires, Reyes, Ljungberg, van Persie, Henry, Bergkamp.



CRYSTAL PALACE are in resurgent form as they prepare to face the champions. Ian Dowie's side are pursuing a third Premiership victory on the bounce for the first time in ten years, having taken six points from the last possible nine, while Arsenal have claimed just four points from an available nine.

The Eagles have registered a point a game so far, and Arsenal will provide a stern test to a defence that has not conceded in two matches and just one goal in four games. The match also sees the Premiership's two most prolific scorers going head-to-head in eight-goal Andy Johnson and Arsenal's Thierry Henry who has nine.

Palace have taken only one home Premiership point off Arsenal, and have recorded just one home victory over them in their entire history - that being 1-0 in the top flight on 10 November 1979.

ARSENAL may have been knocked off the top of the table by Chelsea when this game kicks off time teatime Saturday. Since losing their amazing 49-match unbeaten record to Manchester United in the weekend before last, the Gunners have been held at home by Southampton and were unimpressive in Tuesday's 1-1 home draw with Panathionaikos in the Champions League.

Despite recent form, the champions are chasing a ninth Premiership victory, and only Chelsea can match that, and are still leading scorers in the highest league with 31 goals from 11 outings.

Arsenal are seeking a fifth win in seven Premier League clashes with the Eagles and third victory in four Premiership visits to their London opponents.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)




Club stats


14th 11 points

Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 11th

Lowest could realistically fall: 15th

Won the last three League and Cup games.

Won four of the last five, and five of the last seven in all competitions.

Lost just once in seven League and Cup matches.

Last registered in excess of two Premier League victories on the spin between 22 October and 5 November 1994, when four successive victories were recorded.

Won three Premiership games under Ian Dowie.

Won three of their last four League engagements.

Lost six of the last 10 top tier encounters.

One of four clubs to have suffered as many as six defeats so far in the Premiership this season. The others are Blackburn, Fulham and Southampton.

Scored in all but two of their League engagements this term.

Managed three Premiership clean sheets.

Lost more top tier games from a winning position than any other club (two).

Suffered the longest losing sequence in the Premiership so far in this campaign (five games).

Lost exactly a third of the League games played under Ian Dowie (11 of 33).

Four short of conceding 200 goals in the clubs Premiership history.

Lost three of five home Premiership encounters.

Only Fulham have lost as many top League games in front of their home fans so far this season.


Club stats


1st 26 points

Highest achievable after Saturday's games: STAY TOP

Lowest could fall: 2nd

Just fallen behind last season's best ever start to a Premiership season, when 27 points were accrued after 11 games.

Drawn the last two League and Cup games.

Picked up just one win in five in all competitions.

One defeat in 25 games League and Cup games (15 wins, nine draws, one defeat).

One loss in 51 Premiership matches (36 wins, 14 draws, one loss).

One reverse in all competitions this season (11 wins, five draws, one defeat).

Won eight top tier encounters - only Chelsea can match that.

One of two clubs to have lost just once in the top tier this term. The other is Chelsea.

Most prolific scorers in the top tier. Their 31 goals is nine more than the total of the second highest, Newcastle.

Scored 19 League goals in six matches at Highbury. Newcastle are the next highest scorers of home Premiership goals with 12 from five matches.

Their 11 League encounters have produced 43 goals (31 for, 12 against, averaging 3.91 per game).

Scored first in all but two of their League encounters.

Built the Premiership's longest winning sequence so far this season - five games.

At their most dangerous in the middle 15 minutes of the second half of Premiership games, when 10 of the 31 goals have been netted.

The spread of Gunners goals has been 11 in the first half, and 20 in the second half.

Failed to score only once in this League campaign. Newcastle and Bolton have also missed the target in just one top flight outing thus far.

Won of two clubs to have won as many as two Premiership matches from a losing position. The other is Liverpool.

Lost by more than a single goal once in 57 Premiership games (away to Manchester United in the last away game).

Most recent away League win was in Manchester (0-1 against City on 25 September).

Gained 12 Premiership points away from home - Chelsea and Everton have each accumulated 13.




Squad profiles

Joonas KOLKKA is just two short of 50 career League goals across Europe. He's scored 17 for MyPa in Finland, 16 for Willem II in Holland, 10 for PSV, three for Panathinaikos and two for Borussia Monchengladbach, but is yet to net for Palace.

If he runs out, Darren POWELL will be making his 50th League appearance for the Eagles.

If he plays, Neil SHIPPERLEY will be making his 150th Premiership appearance.


Squad profiles

Thierry HENRY is the Premiership's top scorer, and the leading scorer among all Premiership players in all club competitions. The Frenchman has netted 11 times - nine in the League.

Robert PIRES is a hat trick short of 50 Premiership goals, and a double shy of 100 League goals across Europe, having netted 43 for FC Metz and eight for Olympique Marseille in addition to the 47 for the Gunners.

Fredrik LJUNGBERG is a double short of totalling 50 goals across the European leagues. The Swedish International has scored 38 Premiership goals for Arsenal, in addition to 10 top flight strikes for Halmstads BK in Sweden.

If he takes his usual place in goal, Jens LEHMANN will be making his 50th Premiership appearance for Arsenal.



League: Palace 2 wins, Arsenal 15, Draws 7

Prem: Palace 1 win, Arsenal 4, Draws 1

HEAD TO HEAD at Palace

League: Palace 1 wins, Arsenal 6, Draws 5

Prem: Palace 0 wins, Arsenal 2, Draws 1

roma2010-04-29 08:40:17 +0000 #2
i have changed,

i am going to insolte no one any more,

unless they start it,

i am sorry to every one i have made angry

and arsenal drawed
Will3172010-04-29 08:30:29 +0000 #3
Yep, another disappointing draw! Hope we can pick up soon, this is a match we should have won.



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