Arsenal v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

January 16, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Emirates Stadium - Premier League

Whether or not Alexis Sanchez is still an Arsenal player at the weekend, he’s unlikely to feature for the Gunners against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The visitors have been in good form of late, and Roy Hodgson will look to take advantage of the disarray at the Emirates to nick a result.

Past Meetings

That man Sanchez bagged a brace in four second half minutes when the teams met just after Christmas, helping the Gunners to a 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park. Both sides won their home games against each other last season, with Palace’s 3-0 success ending a run of 12 without a win against Arsenal.

Team News

With Theo Walcott and Sanchez on their way out of the club, Arsenal could do with Olivier Giroud back sooner rather than later. The Frenchman’s expected to return at the end of the month, although Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal could all be available to Arsene Wenger.

Palace currently have eight players on the treatment table, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek closest to a comeback following a knock. Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon are among the absentees for this tough test for the visitors.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions

The contract sagas that have dominated Arsenal’s season show little sign of letting up, which makes it even more imperative that the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. Palace meanwhile could move into the top half with a shock win, and as high as ninth depending on other results.

Wenger’s side have lost ground on the top four in recent weeks, and go into the weekend eight points adrift of both Liverpool and Chelsea who occupy third and fourth in the Premier League table. The Europa League is looking increasingly important, but with the manager’s position a perennial topic of conversation their league form cannot be ignored. At least the boss returns to the dugout after serving his three-match touchline ban.

The hosts start the game as favourites in the betting, and you can back them at 4/7. Palace won’t be a pushover though, with the defeat against Arsenal their only loss in their last 12 games. They’re 11/2 for the victory, and 8/1 to win by a single goal. The Eagles have one of the league’s most in-form players in Wilfried Zaha, and they’ve shown plenty of character in recent weeks, not least in ending Manchester City’s winning run.

Hodgson’s methods have made Palace difficult to beat, so the draw at 7/2 could be a decent bet if you think they’ll capitalise on the turmoil surrounding the Gunners. With so much attacking talent on show it’s hard to see the game ending goalless, with 1-1 at 9/1 and a 2-2 scoreline at 16/1.

Recommended Bets

Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 19/10

The Gunners should have enough to pick up the three points in this one, but their defence doesn’t always cover itself in glory and Palace could find themselves scoring at least once.

Alexandre Lacazette to score and Arsenal to win at 3/1

With everything that’s going on with other Gunners stars, it’s time for the club’s record signing to step up and be counted, and he should lead the line on Saturday.

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