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Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: time to bounce back

Is anyone else nervous about this one?

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Arsenal FC v Vitoria Guimaraes: Group F - UEFA Europa League Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates for their first meeting in the league this season, and we could be in for a nail-biter.

Palace can be good away from home—they’ve won two of their four away games so far, beating West Ham and Manchester United. They’ve mostly beaten who they’re supposed to beat and managed a draw with last season’s best-of-the-rest Wolves, and in doing so they’ve earned themselves sixth spot in the league table.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s last league result was a 1-0 loss to newly promoted Sheffield United, and they nearly lost their Europa League match against Vitoria last Thursday (Nicolas Pépé bailed them out). Today’s match is a perfect opportunity to get things back on track—not a match against another of the top six, but no cakewalk, either, the kind of game that can provide a real confidence boost for whoever comes out on top.

Arsenal will most likely play without Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney, who both played on Thursday and can’t risk reinjury. Reiss Nelson is also out with a knee knock. Palace will be missing defender Mamadou Sakho and forward Connor Wickham, and defender Martin Kelly and goalkeeper Vicente Guaita are both doubtful.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace

WHERE: The Emirates

WHEN: Sunday, October 27th 9:30 AM PT | 12:30 PM ET | 4:30 PM BT

US TV: Not broadcast. Streaming on NBC Sports Gold.

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