The Premier League gets underway tonight as Crystal Palace host Arsenal under the lights at Selhurst Park.
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James McArthur, James Tomkins and Michael Olise are out for Crystal Palace, while new goalkeeper Sam Johnson is also sidelined with an injury picked up in pre-season. There is excitement around the signing of midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Lens and he is set to make his debut in midfield. The back four is settled and although Palace are now without Conor Gallagher after the midfielder returned to Chelsea, Wilfred Zaha remains the key man at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal have a few injury doubts of their own ahead of the new season, with Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and new signing Fabio Vieira all set for late fitness tests. Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to make his full debut at left back in Tierney’s absence, while Gabriel Jesus will lead the line. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will offer support on the wings.
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Eze, Shlupp; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, Gabriel, White, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal will kick-off at 8pm on Friday, August 5 at Selhurst Park.
The last meeting between these two sides came back in April, when Palace put a huge dent in Arsenal’s top four hopes with a shock 3-0 victory over their visitors in south London.
Goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew got the hosts off to the perfect start after just 24 minutes, and it remained that way until Wilfried Zaha’s 74th minute penalty rounded off the victory to leave Arsenal in fifth place. The result meant that Arsenal has recorded just one win in their last eight games against the Eagles.fd