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Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
24 October 2019
Sunday 27 October
Emirates Stadium – Premier League
Arsenal are in desperate need of a win, as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles have improved in recent weeks, but were routinely beaten by Manchester City last time out.
Crystal Palace were Arsenal’s bogey team last season, holding them to a draw at Selhurst Park, before beating them at the Emirates stadium. Christian Benteke scored a rare goal on that occasion, adding to strikes from Wilfred Zaha and James McArthur, with Arsenal’s goals coming through Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Unai Emery is expected to make significant changes following his side’s shock defeat to Sheffield United. The out-of-favour Mesut Ozil may return to the line-up, whilst the manager may be tempted to return to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation to bolster the midfield.
Few changes are expected for Crystal Palace, who will have a similar mission objective to their match against Manchester City. Jordan Ayew should continue as the lone striker, with Wilfed Zaha operating as the out-ball from the wing.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
In spite of the negativity surrounding the Emirates at the moment, Arsenal remain in the Premier League top four, with a chance of improving their position on Saturday. They’re also 1.46 to win.
However, their weekend opponents, Crystal Palace are playing their best football under Roy Hodgson and have lost just twice so far this term. The manager appears to have found a solid balance to the team, fielding Jeffrey Schlupp on one flank to cancel out the defensive fallacies of Wilfred Zaha on the other. They contribute to Palace being 6.65 for the victory, with the draw at 4.70.
The return to form of Jordan Ayew up front has provided something that Palace have missed for several seasons, a potent goal-scorer. This allows the side to play Hodgson’s preferred counter-attacking style of football, with an actual threat to the opposition’s defence, which is just how the Eagles will look to play on Arsenal.
The Gunners have struggled with precisely this type of opponents this season, with slow build-up play failing to break down defensive sides. Aubameyang has remained in top form, but unless he scored, the side have looked devoid of options going forward. Palace are likely to hold an extremely deep-lying defence, with Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Scott Dann all willing to match Aubameyang in the air, if not for pace.
Emery will have to ensure that his side plays quick, direct football, and if anything allow Palace to attack on occasions. If not he could well have a similar experience to the Sheffield United game.
Aubameyang to score anytime at 1.83
The Arsenal forward remains a threat, and needs few opportunities to score.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.50
The last two games between these two sides have ended with four goals or over.