Arsenal v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 17, 2019
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal continue their fight for a top-four finish as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. The visitors are all-but mathematically safe from relegation and will hope to provide more of a threat than they did against Manchester City.
A pair of Luka Milejovejic penalties secured a vital 2-2 draw for Crystal Palace against Arsenal when the sides last met.
Unai Emery will be forced to make rotations to avoid fatigue following Arsenal's Thursday match in Naples. The back-line may remain the same but expect changes in mid-field with only one of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang likely to be risked.
Only Mamadou Sakho is the only confirmed absentee for Palace who are expected to field a similar line-up to last week with Christian Benteke partnering Wilfred Zaha up front.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace Predictions and Previews
Arsenal's form appears to have picked up at just the right time for the Gunners, with momentum swinging in their favour for the run-in of the season. With Crystal Palace struggling against the bigger sides this season, it will be a tough ask for Roy Hodgson's side to take any points.
Unai Emery may regret having allowed Aaron Ramsey to leave over the summer, as the Welshman has recently proved his value to the detriment of Mesut Ozil. The manager has clearly settled on playing only of the two creative midfielders, with the former earning the starting sport more often than not.
Against Palace's adapted 4-4-2 formation, the midfield is likely to be a key action-zone and if Ramsey is fit enough to feature he could well be the difference maker at 10/3 to score. The Eagles have improved both offensively and defensively since the turn of the year and Wilfred Zaha's pace could well prove a problem for a relatively immobile Arsenal back-line.
However, as has been evident countless times this season, the Ivorian is unable to carry all of Palace's attacking threat on his own, and the lack of goals from other areas has been a real problem. The fact that Milejovejic is the side's top scorer is evidence of this issue, as Hodgson cannot rely on receiving penalties in every game -despite the reverse fixture against Arsenal.
With competition for Champions League places as tight as ever, every point counts for Arsenal and they are likely to take all three this weekend.
Aubamayang to score anytime at 5/6
Scott Dann and Martin Kelly are hardly the fastest of defenders and may be exposed by the striker's pace.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 11/8
Hodgson will approach the game defensively and may be able to limit Arsenal's attacking impetus.