Arsenal slipped to second after their 2-2 draw at Southampton in midweek. They know they need a win here to maintain the pressure on the in-form Man City who beat Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane.
Crystal Palace travel here on the back of 2 1-0 wins that have seen them jump 4 points clear of relegation. An impressive feat considering the start to the season they endures. Pulis has done a good job and looks to have found a way to stay in the league.
However, they have a tough run over the next few weeks, with games against Arsenal, Everton and Man United all to come in February starting here...
Palace have won 1-0 on the road at Hull and Villa this season, but have lost every other game (9 defeats). They have loset by two goals at Spurs, Liverpool, Man Utd and Southampton already, and with the incentive for Arsenal to make a statement that they are fully in the title race despite dropping to second makes me point towards them recording a similar victory.
The key for Arsenal is defensively they need to be strong. They will create chances but they can't afford to gift chances to Palace. With 6 clean sheets in their last 7, and only a late Everton goal preventing 7 from 7, I expect them to restrict chances and win without conceding. The fact Palace have scored 4 in 10 away games also backs up the chances of this happenening.
To cover their handicap, they need to win 2-0 or better, and I think a 2-0 win is the worst they should be able to manage, providing they play their usual game, which I think they will. The only issue is CM injuries/suspensions with Wilshere, Ramsey and Flamini missing - thy should cover this line.