The Boxing Day round of fixtures is nearly over with just Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace to be played.
Palace come into this, down in 16th place after others around them picked up points on Tuesday.
Arsenal however need a win to keep pace with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the battle for fourth.
Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson can call on striker, Christian Benteke after the Belgian served a one match ban.
Defender, Joel Ward meanwhile is still struggling with a groin issue.
Arsenal could be missing centre back, Nacho Monreal after the Spaniard picked up an ankle injury against Liverpool last Friday.
Oliver Giroud is ruled out with a hamstring injury alongside Aaron Ramsay.
Santi Cazorla is still missing with an ankle injury from October 2016.
Tight match in store
This match could very well be tight if compare the per game average graphics for both teams across seven different areas.
Palace are more dominant than those visiting Selhurst Park at corners, shots and attempts on target.
Their clinical finishing is what lets them down in converting those attempts into goals and more points.
Arsenal meanwhile dominate every area except goals on their travels to various grounds.
If compare the numbers of both teams directly, excluding the opposition, things are a lot tighter.
|Per game average||Crystal Palace (home)||Arsenal (away)|
|Shots on target||5.33||4.67|
Palace oust Arsenal in several areas but commit just 0.67 fouls less on average than their superior rivals.
Finishing is poor from both teams home/away respectively, looking at those tiny averages compared to many other clubs in the top tier.
Discipline ultimately might be key with the Gunners averaging 0.78 less yellow cards but have averaged just one more red than Palace.
This will be feisty with lot of fouls and cards issued but I think Arsenal will just edge it.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal
Jake predicts: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
Result: Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal