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Why Arsenal Is Smart Bet Against Crystal Palace

After surviving Nottingham Forest in their opener, Arsenal will look to keep their 100% record intact when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and Premier League live betting in the English top-flight league.

Crystal Palace: No Zaha, No Party

For the first time since 2014, the Eagles will have to mastermind their Premier League safety without their key talisman, Wilfried Zaha. The winger has left Selhurst Park for the second time. However, compared to his departure as a 20-year-old for Manchester United in 2013, a future return is unlikely this time.

Why Arsenal Is Smart Bet Against Crystal Palace

Palace has pushed ahead and signed Brazilian attacker Matheus Franca, shelling out $ 33 million, penning a five-year deal from Flamengo. However, the 19-year-old, who was not a consistent starter in the Brazilian Serie A, will need a period of adaption to the baptism of fire that is Premier League football.

Boss Roy Hodgson has been openly critical about the lack of signings, with Palace losing four senior players, Wilfried Zaha, Jack Butland, James McArthur, and Luka Milivojevic. Meanwhile, Vicente Guaita is seeking a move back to Spain after losing his starting spot to Sam Johnstone.

Despite all these internal issues, the Eagles kicked off their season with a 1-0 victory against relegation candidate Sheffield United. Far from hanging on to their slender one-goal lead, Palace retained supreme control of possession to keep the hosts at bay. Still, we can’t trust them enough to include them in our Premier League picks and parlays. All Will Hughes, Michael Olise, and Matheus Franca de Oliveira are sidelined with injuries.

Arsenal: Attacking Firepower

It’s been 20 years since Arsenal won the Premier League. Getting ahold of the trophy won’t be easy as Manchester City has no intention of giving it away, but if there’s a team that can end the dominance of the Citizens, it’s Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s team looks really good. Sure, there are a couple of players on the injury list, but overall, the Gunners look capable of challenging for the trophy. They’re strong in every department, and their offense is very sharp despite being without injured Gabriel Jesus.

They won against Nottingham in the season opener. The score was just 2-1, which is kind of embarrassing as the game was played on their turf. Even though Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Jesus are sidelined with injuries, an away win should be considered. The good news for the visitors is that midfielder Jorginho has overcome his injury.

They’ve spent heavily and smartly strengthening the squad this summer, so there’s no reason they cannot at least replicate what they achieved during last season. If you’re betting online, you should back them here.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Head-to-Head

Arsenal claimed a 4-1 victory against Crystal Palace when they last met in the EPL at Emirates Stadium in March, with Bukayo Saka scoring a brace. Crystal Palace has found the back of the net on 41 occasions from its 39 EPL matches since the beginning of last season, ranking 14th for average goals scored. There’s been an average of over three goals per game in the last 10 head-to-heads at this venue. Arsenal began their 2022-23 season with a 2-0 victory on this ground.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Information

  • Match: Crystal Palace (1-0-0) vs Arsenal (1-0-0)
  • Location: Selhurst Park, London, England
  • Day/Time: Monday, Aug. 21, 3 p.m. ET
  • Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Live Stream: fubo.tv

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Betting Lines

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Picks and Prediction

Arsenal enters this clash as the favorite, priced at -175 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Premier League odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.

Traveling across the capital is unlikely to faze Arsenal as they went unbeaten in away London derbies last season, winning five in six games. No side in the division won more points on the road than they did last season. They look solid in the attacking line, they have pace and creativity, and we expect them to return home with the three points. Not just that, but we expect them to score at least two goals on their own and kill the game in the first half.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Detail

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