Crystal Palace and Arsenal raise the curtain on the 2022/23 Premier League season in a London derby at Selhurst Park later tonight.
Both sides will approach the opening contest of the new campaign in high spirits after encouraging summers, with the Gunners losing just one of their friendlies and putting a combined 10 goals past Chelsea and Sevilla with no reply thanks in no small part to the red-hot form of £45million recruit Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal will be eager to build on that sense of excitement and anticipation and avoid the same fate that befell them in last year’s all-London kick-off, when they were bested by newly-promoted Brentford after a dismal display.
Looking to provide Mikel Arteta’s side with a reality check is a Palace team that will hope to make further strides this term under the tutelage of Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira.
The Eagles won three of their last four friendlies, notching seven times in two matches against QPR and Montpellier, and have been boosted by the arrivals of Cheick Doucouré and Chris Richards.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7 pm kick-off later tonight on Friday, August 5, 2022.
The match will take place at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal team news
Palace have a few injury concerns at present, with James McArthur, James Tomkins and Michael Olise all sidelined, along with goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Jack Butland. Doucoure is poised for a full debut.
For Arsenal, Emile Smith Rowe is set to remain out with a groin issue, while full-backs Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu have also been nursing injuries across pre-season, though Arteta hoped they might be able to train on Thursday.
Ditto new signing Fabio Vieira, who is yet to feature for his new club due to a foot problem.
However, it is impossible to deny that the Gunners looked quite a force to be reckoned with during the summer, with the front four of Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and new captain Martin Odegaard appearing absolutely electric at times.
Their lethal combination of eye-catching interplay and relentless high pressing quickly overwhelmed Sevilla in a 6-0 Emirates Cup demolition last weekend, piling further expectation onto Arteta’s men to get their Premier League campaign off to a similarly flying start.
Palace away under Vieira is certainly not an easy game to open with, though a hard-fought away victory should be on the cards.
Arsenal to win, 2-0.
Gabriel Jesus has hit the ground running at Arsenal after a £45m move from Manchester City / PA
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal failed to beat Palace last season, suffering a dismal 3-0 defeat at Selhurst in April that hit their Champions League hopes and only drawing 2-2 in the Emirates clash courtesy of a last-gasp Alexandre Lacazette equaliser.
Crystal Palace wins: 6
Arsenal wins: 29