Mark Lawrenson is predicting Arsenal to get their fifth consecutive win in all competitions when they line up against Crystal Palace at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
The BBC pundit has contrasted the form of the two sides going into the fixture, with the Eagles having struggled in recent weeks under manager Roy Hodgson:
“Arsenal cannot stop winning now – they needed extra time to beat Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday but that is four wins in a row in all competitions. In contrast, Crystal Palace are not on a great run – their win over Sheffield United on 2 January is their only success in their past seven games.”
Lawrenson is backing the Gunners to come away with a comfortable 2-0 win tomorrow, which seems like a good prediction, considering Mikel Arteta’s team is full of confidence at the moment.
Palace will be dangerous on the counter-attack, as they always are away from home. and that is something Arsenal will need to be wary of. The match will likely be tightly contested as well, with a similar pattern to the last game against Newcastle.
The Gunners will need to be patient in order to wear their opponent’s down and they may have to wait until the second half to break the deadlock.