Crystal Palace begin life without Ian Holloway with a daunting fixture at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Holloway left by mutual consent on Wednesday after seeing his side lose for the seventh time in eight Premier League games this season, as London rivals Fulham ran out 4-1 winners. It had started well enough, but the reaction to Pajtim Kasami’s stunning equaliser was extremely negative, and from then on Palace were hardly in the game.
Tony Pulis is the favourite to take over, although assistant manager Keith Millen will take charge of this game, where the Eagles are huge underdogs, as Arsenal sit top of the Premier League, and dispatched Norwich City stylishly in their most recent top-flight match, playing some lovely football and scoring four wonderful goals in the process.
The Gunners can still improve, however, and defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday suggests that they still have a way to go in order to match those currently among Europe’s elite. After this game, they face a challenging run of fixtures which should really prove a test of their title credentials.
Jack Hunt and Glenn Murray remain on the Crystal Palace injury list, but the Eagles have no fresh injury concerns.
Mathieu Flamini returns for Arsenal after missing out against Dortmund due to concussion, although Theo Walcott is still absent, along with Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, and Yaya Sanogo.
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