The temperatures may be freezing but for the teams competing in midweek, in the Premier League, it’s a chance to turn up the heat on those sides taking a breather. Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium, after their 2-0 win at home in the FA Cup to Newcastle, hoping to make it four league wins in a row. Arsenal can move within three points of the Champions League with a victory but if Palace were to come here and win, they would go two points ahead of Arsenal and jump from 14th to 11th where their hosts currently lie.
With just seven points separating 8th from 15th Arsenal are well placed to climb or fall either way from their current position. The Gunners have won each of their last three league games to jump to 11th in the table but there are a lot of teams between them and European football so they will need to maintain that form. Arsenal have lost seven of their 17 league games this season and four of their eight games at the Emirates so if they have any ambitions of achieving continental qualification, they will need to improve their home form.
Crystal Palace are unbeaten on each of their last two visits to the Emirates. Palace secured a 3-2 win over Arsenal in April 2019 and drew 2-2 at the same venue in October of the same year but their form in the Premier League since that win hasn’t been great. The Eagles have recorded just five victories from their 20 league games on the road since the start of 2020 and have lost each of their last two fixtures away from home.