Crystal Palace v Arsenal Betting Predictions | Back a Draw at 7/2 with Paddy PowerPublished April 6, 2017
This game is one of the toughest to call of the weekend. After a tough start to his Crystal Palace career, Sam Allardyce appeared to have worked his magic with four straight wins. But defeat to Southampton in midweek leaves them right in the relegation battle.
Arsenal, meanwhile, had been on a terrible run themselves, and they won just their fourth league game of 2017 against West Ham on Wednesday. But the Gunners are the top away goalscorers in the Premier League with 30, while Palace have the third worst home record. This doesn’t bode well for a side who conceded four to basement club Sunderland just a matter of weeks ago.
But Arsene Wenger’s side are far from consistent defensively, conceding 21 in away games. Wilfred Zaha is in fantastic form, scoring six this term, and Christian Benteke is continuing to grow under Allardyce, so there is definitely enough of a threat from the home side to worry Arsenal. The Gunners have shipped nine in their last three away games, and were particularly vulnerable to set pieces in thir last outing against West Brom.
Arsenal 3-0 West Ham FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 5, 2017
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Palace share similarities to the Baggies from set pieces, and they will look to get Benteke involved as much as possible.
Arsenal’s threats are more obvious. Their pace, movement and ability in possession can win any game, but the link up play between Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be Allardyce’s biggest concern. Palace’s main defensive weakness is Patrick van Aanholt at left back, with the Dutchman much preferring to go forward. Wenger would be best suited stretching the play on the right to get in behind and bring Mamadou Sakho out of position, thus creating more space close to or in the box.
Sakho was excellent against Chelsea and will be able to patrol Sanchez well. The Chilean would be best served running at van Aanholt.
Like every game, it depends which Arsenal shows up, but with these two sides showing the good and bad of themselves lately, the best outcome to back could be a draw.