Roy Hodgson will bid farewell to Crystal Palace fans on this evening as the return of supporters to Selhurst Park also conincides with his final home match in charge of the Eagles after nearly four years in the dugout.
Hodgson confirmed on Tuesday that he will be leaving Palace when his contract runs out at the end of the season, the upcoming fixtures with Arsenal on Wednesday and Liverpool this weekend may well be his last in a coaching career which started back in 1976.
Hodgson expects Wednesday’s London derby to be an “emotional occasion” with 6,500 Palace supporters back in the Selhurst Park stands, and he will want to sign off with one last home victory.
As for Arsenal, they are ending a disappointing season on a relative high in the League. Having won 1-0 at Chelsea last week, Mikel Arteta is seeking another derby win on the road to build momentum for next term.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7pm BST kick-off today, May 19, 2021.
The match will take place at Selhurst Park, with 6,500 Palace fans present at the stadium following an easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Where to watch Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal team news and lineups
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell, Kouyate, McCarthy, Schlupp, Townsend, Benteke, Zaha
Subs: Butland, van Aanholt, Ayew, Mateta, Clyne, Batshuayi, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi, Riedewald
Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Partey, Pepe, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang
Subs: Ceballos, Lacazette, Odegaard, Willian, Cedric, Pablo Mari, Ryan, Xhaka, Martinelli
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction
Neither side has a huge amount to play for in terms of the table, but Palace will be desperate to give Hodgson a proper send-off in front of the fans. Expect the hosts to go all-out for the win.
Palace 3-2 Arsenal
Head to head (h2h) history and results
(Premier League fixtures)
Palace wins: 3
Arsenal wins: 13
Last meeting: Arsenal 0-0 Palace (14/01/2021)
Betting odds and tips
Palace win: 5/1
Arsenal win: 11/20
Zaha to score: 3/1
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