Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal: Preview and TV schedule

Shaun Botterill

Managerless Crystal Palace have the unenviable task of trying to stop an on-form Arsenal in Saturday's early kickoff.

With Crystal Palace yet to appoint Ian Holloway's successor, they'll be without a manager for their game at home to Arsenal on Sunday (though, with Tony Pulis' name being bandied about, maybe that's not such a bad thing). The Eagles sacked Holloway on Wednesday on the back of five straight defeats, and they're already five points adrift of safety.

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That gap will probably be even bigger by the time the weekend's out, with league leaders Arsenal enjoying a red-hot run of form -- even if they did lose to Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Arsène Wenger's side have only lost in the Premier League all season, and are unbeaten on their travels so far.

That's despite still having a pretty humongous injury list, with Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby all definitely sidelined for this match. Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere have picked up head and ankle problems respectively recently, though could appear this weekend. For Palace, usual long-term patients Paddy McCarthy, Jack Hunt, Jonny Williams and Glenn Murray are unavailable.

Crystal Palace injuries and suspensions

Out: Paddy McCarthy (groin), Jack Hunt (ankle), Jonny Williams (ankle), Glenn Murray (knee). In doubt: None.

Arsenal injuries and suspensions

Out: Theo Walcott (abdominal), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Abou Diaby (knee). In doubt: Mathieu Flamini (head), Jack Wilshere (ankle).

Projected lineups

Crystal Palace: Julián Speroni; Dean Moxey, Damien Delaney, Adrian Mariappa, Joel Ward; Kagisho Dikgacoi, Mile Jedinak, José Campaña; Yannick Bolasie, Marouane Chamakh, Jason Puncheon.

Arsenal: Wojciech Szczęsny; Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna; Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini; Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey; Olivier Giroud.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 12:45 a.m. local, 7:45 a.m. ET

Venue: Selhurst Park, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, DirecTV (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.).

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada).

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