Time for Arsenal to forget about winning two trophies this season. Midweek, the Gunners suffered a heartbreaking elimination from the UEFA Europa League. The good news is that now they can fully focus on winning the English Premier League, something they haven’t done since 2004.
As expected, the Gunners are heavily favored in the soccer odds to defeat Crystal Palace, but the Eagles are in a must-win situation if they want to avoid falling into the relegation zone.
Arsenal: Great Opportunity
On Thursday, Arsenal drew 1-1 to Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of the UEL Round of 16. The Gunners won possession with 53 percent and took seven more shots on goal than the visitors. Nevertheless, they ended up losing 5-3 on penalties.
That’s why the match against Crystal Palace is such a great opportunity to bounce back, because things have been completely different in the EPL. First, they’re atop the standings with a five-point advantage over Manchester City. Second, they won their last five games with a 15-4 aggregate.
Most recently, they defeated Fulham 3-0 with Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard as the scorers. Precisely, Martinelli and Odegaard are two of the main reasons for Arsenal’s success. Martinelli is the team’s top scorer with 12 goals while Odegaard has scored 10. Bukayo Saka has also scored 10 goals.
Summing up, we’re talking about a team with talent to spare. So much that Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Jesus, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jorginho began the game against the Cottagers on the bench. All of them would be starters for pretty much any other team in the league.
That’s basically why the Gunners are offering a -395 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. Well, being 10-2-1 when playing at home also has a lot to do with it.
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Crystal Palace: Nothing to Lose
Regardless of the soccer lines, Crystal Palace already are up against the wall since they lost their last three games. That being said, the Eagles have nothing to lose at Emirates Stadium since pretty much no one believes they can achieve a good result.
Most recently, the Eagles put up a good fight in Brighton in a 1-0 loss. Curiously enough, their last three matches finished 1-0. Prior to the losing streak, they managed to snatch a point from Liverpool thanks to a goalless draw. The Reds recently scored seven against Manchester United.
Speaking of Manchester United, the Eagles recently visited the Red Devils and lost by only one goal. They also visited Chelsea a few weeks ago and lost by one goal. In other words, we’re talking about a feisty online gambling underdog that is offering a +1100 price to win straight up.
Finally, you can expect the Eagles to rely on the counter-attack, which shouldn’t be a problem for them since Wilfried Zaha is having a very good season. Besides being the team’s top scorer with six goals, he’s a speedster.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 52
- Arsenal Victories: 30 (105 goals)
- Crystal Palace Victories: 6 (50 goals)
- Draws: 16
Arsenal had no trouble fulfilling their role as soccer betting favorites in the first meeting with Crystal Palace. The Gunners won 2-0 with Gabriel Martinelli and Marc Guehi as the scorers. Guehi’s was an own goal. Hey, to be champions you also need some luck.
We’re actually talking about a very even series since five of their last 10 meetings finished with a draw. Don’t worry, you can still expect goals: The total has gone over in seven of their last 10 encounters. Good thing this is the only match scheduled for Sunday because it will be hectic.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Match Information
- Date: Sunday, March 19
- Time: 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Emirates Stadium, London
- Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Live stream: fubo.tv
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Betting Lines
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Picks and Prediction
Crystal Palace on Friday confirmed that Patrick Vieira was fired as head coach. Paddy McCarthy will replace him for the rest of the season. While the team could benefit from a new perspective, two days aren’t enough to prepare a match against such a good team.
Therefore, Arsenal shouldn’t have too much trouble getting back into the winning column. Nevertheless, the Gunners’ price is a bit high and that’s why I recommend you check the betting online props and wager on them winning at half time and full time.
The Arsenal are listed at -395 in our Vegas Soccer lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Arsenal , you have a chance to win $25. The Crystal are +1100, offering a chance to win $1100 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Arsenal a 79.80% chance to win, with Palace at 8.33%