Emi - Aerial battle will be decisive

Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez is set to continue in goal at Selhurst Park on Monday night, and he believes that the key to victory could be how well we deal with Crystal Palace's threat in the air.

The Argentine stopper kept a clean sheet against West Ham when he came in for his first league appearance of the season on Wednesday, and with both Petr Cech and David Ospina still out injured, Martinez is in line to keep the gloves.

It will be just his 13th first-team appearance for us since joining from Independiente in 2010, and only his fifth start in the Premier League - he kept clean sheets in three of the previous four.

"It should be (decided) in the air," the 24-year-old said. "It feels like a smaller pitch than the Emirates, we are away from home, they have got a big striker in Benteke, who is good in the air, so we expect loads of crosses into the box.

"For them it's like a final, but for us as well.

"Everyone is criticising the boss and all that, so the pressure for us is a lot, and for them as well. It's going to be a battle."

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